Historical E-Resources A-Z


Eighteenth century collections online (ECCO) grants access to digital images of every page of ca. 150,000 books published during the 18th Century. With full-text search of approximately 26 million pages, the product offers researchers new methods of access to critical information in the fields of history, literature, religion, law, fine arts, science and more. ECCO aims to offer a comprehensive digital edition of every significant English-language and foreign-language title printed in the United Kingdom, along with thousands of important works from the Americas, between 1701 and 1800 and consists of books, pamphlets, broadsides, ephemera. Subject categories include history and geography; fine arts and social sciences; medicine, science, and technology; literature and language; religion and philosophy; law; general reference. Also included are significant collections of women writers of the eighteenth century, collections on the French Revolution, and numerous eighteenth-century editions of the works of Shakespeare. Multiple editions are covered in case of added scholarly value or significant differences.

Econlit is an indexed bibliography with selected abstracts of the world's economic literature, from 1969 onwards, compiled from the American Economic Association's Journal of economic literature, and the Index of economic articles in journals and collective volumes.

Early English Books Online (EEBO) is a collection of online text editions of works originally published 1473-1700, listed in Pollard & Redgrave's Short-title catalogue, Wing's Short title catalogue or the Thomason tracts. Titles in the collection cover literature, philosophy, politics, religion, geography, science and all other areas of human endeavor. ( Pollard, Alfred W. (Alfred William), 1859-1944. Short-title catalogue of books printed in England, Scotland & Ireland and of English books printed abroad, 1475-1640; Wing, Donald Goddard, 1904- Short-title catalogue of books printed in England, Scotland, Ireland, Wales, and British America, and of English books printed in other countries, 1641-1700; Early English Books Online Text Creation Partnership: University of Michigan, University of Oxford, Council on Library and Information Resources, Bell & Howell Information and Learning, Proquest Information and Learning.)

Early European Books Online is part of The Early European Books (EEB), which draws together a diverse array of incunables and books from the fifteenth, sixteenth, and seventeenth centuries. It is largely concerned with non-Anglophone materials. “All works printed in Europe before 1701, regardless of language, fall within the scope of the project, together with all pre-1701 works in European languages printed further afield. Early European Books builds upon and complements Early English Books Online (EEBO) and is largely concerned with non-Anglophone materials; […].  Early European Books offers full-colour, high-resolution (400 ppi) facsimile images scanned directly from the original printed sources….” Early European Books is made of a series of annual collections, each offering access to the early printed books of one or more major libraries.


Single EEB collections are freely accessible by anyone interested within the country where Proquest made agreements with local National Libraries. So,collections 2 –important series of old Italian books-  & only partially collection 3, two collections in EEB, are free when accessing Early European Books from Italy. This is happening because these two old “Italian” books collections are digitized under agreement and with the National Library of Italy in Florence (Biblioteca Nazionale Centrale di Firenze). The first Early European Books collection has been digitised in partnership between ProQuest and the Royal Library in Copenhagen. This collection of books is freely accessible from Danemark but not from any other country. (National Central Library of Florence). This collection of books is freely accessible from Danemark but not from any other country.

Encyclopaedia Judaica (GVRL) is an electronic version of the 2nd edition encyclopedia, hosted on the Gale Virtual Reference Library platform. It includes more than 21,000 entries on Jewish life, culture, history, and religion, written by Israeli, American and European subject specialists.

Encyclopedia of Modern Europe (Scribner Library) (GVRL). An electronic edition of 3 titles, hosted on the Gale Virtual Reference Library platform: 1) Encyclopedia of Modern Europe: Europe 1789 to 1914: Encyclopedia of the Age of Industry and Empire; 2) Encyclopedia of Modern Europe: Europe Since 1914: Encyclopedia of the Age of War and Reconstruction; and 3) Europe 1450 to 1789: Encyclopedia of the Early Modern World.

The "Encyclopédie ou Dictionnaire raisonné des sciences, des arts et des métiers, par une Société de Gens de lettres" was published under the direction of Diderot and d'Alembert, with 17 volumes of text and 11 volumes of plates between 1751 and 1772. With over 72,000 articles written by more than 140 contributors, the Encyclopédie was a massive reference work for the arts and sciences, as well as a 'machine de guerre' which served to propagate the ideas of the French Enlightment. Through its attempt to classify learning and to open all domains of human activity to its readers, the Encyclopédie gave expression to many of the most important intellectual and social developments of its time.

European Historical Bibliographies, is "a joint project of fifteen subject-specific bibliographies from thirteen countries [...] so that trans-national historical research is facilitated. The common platform is hosted by the Berlin-Brandenburg Academy of Sciences and Humanities (Berlin-Brandenburgische Akademie der Wissenschaften)." The cooperating partners are:

Arbeitsgemeinschaft historischer Forschungseinrichtungen in der Bundesrepublik Deutschland - Website

Berlin-Brandenburgische Akademie der Wissenschaften - Website

Centre national de la recherche scientifique - Website

Det Kongelige Bibliotek - Website

Giunta Storica Nazionale

Herder-Institut - Website

Historický ústav AV CR - Website

Institut für Zeitgeschichte - Website

Instituut voor Nederlandse Geschiedenis - Website

Lietuvos istorijos institutas - Website

Royal Historical Society - Website

National Széchényi Library - Website

Royal Irish Academy - Website

Polska Akademia Nauk - Website

Schweizerische Nationalbibliothek - Website

Universität Klagenfurt - Website

Europe 1450 to 1789: Encyclopedia of the early modern world explores European history from 1450-1789; from the print revolution to the French Revolution.

Europe 1789 to 1914: Encyclopedia of the age of industry and empire covers the time period between the onset of the French Revolution to the outbreak of World War I, including the important people and the major events and developments in Europe, and connections to the rest of the world.

Europe since 1914 maps European history from the Bolshevik Revolution to the European Union, linking it to the history of the rest of the world.

European History Primary Sources (EHPS, EUI) is an index of scholarly websites that offer online access to freely-available primary sources on the history of Europe. Each website that is listed in this portal has a short description and is categorised according to country, language, period, subject and type of source. EHPS is a joint initiative of the Library and the Department of History and Civilisation of the European University Institute.

The European population, 1850-1945 is a comparative and historical data handbook and accompanying CD-ROM presenting series data on demographic developments, population and household structures for the countries of Western and Central Europe. All major fields of demographic change are covered: fertility, mortality, marriage, and divorce. Population figures are given for each population census by sex, civil status and age. Major demographic developments within the family are described providing a commentary on the main population structures and trends in Europe since the 19th century.

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