Access newly discovered works and new holdings of eighteenth-century British publications
Consisting of every significant English-language and foreign-language title printed in the United Kingdom during the eighteenth century as well as thousands of important works from the Americas, Eighteenth Century Collections Online is the most ambitious single effort ever undertaken to make a collection of scholarly materials electronically available.
From books and directories to bibles and sheet music to sermons and pamphlets, Eighteenth Century Collections Online, Part II features a variety of materials to provide a critical tool for both faculty research and classroom use. With more than fifty thousand new titles of previously unavailable or inaccessible materials, Eighteenth Century Collections Online, Part II is an essential addition for current owners of Part I.
- Nearly 50,000 new titles of previously unavailable or inaccessible materials
- Cross-searchable content from Early English Books Online
- Image Gallery, Most Popular Searches, and Key Documents sections
- Contextual essays and chronology aimed at novice researchers
- Citation generator and export functionality
- Expanded download and e-mail features
- Keyword in Context feature from results list
- Cross-searchable content with other Gale Primary Sources
“To have or not to have ECCO is an existential question for any serious student, researcher, or teacher of the eighteenth century. The database provides access, at the click of a mouse, to the holdings of the very best research libraries in the world. Contrary to research libraries, it permits easy searchability, necessitates no time-consuming travel and is accessible twenty-four hours a day. In teaching, it enables professors to use, and students to do independent research on, an exhilarating range of primary documents. As for research, ECCO is simply becoming a sine qua non for scholarship that breaks new ground.”
- Professor Lukas Erne, Director, English Department, University of Geneva
- European Studies
- Gender & Women's Studies
- Humanities & Social Sciences
- Latina / Latin America / Caribbean Studies
- Religion & Philosophy
- Science & Technology
- U.S. History
Platform Features & Tools
Researchers can see the frequency of search terms within sets of content to begin identifying central themes and assessing how individuals, events, and ideas interact and develop over time.
By grouping commonly occurring themes, this tool reveals hidden connections within search terms—helping to shape research by integrating diverse content with relevant information.
Search across the content of complementary primary source products in one intuitive environment, enabling innovative new research connections.
Reviews & Testimonials
“As a Professor of English Historical Linguistics, I could no longer do without ECCO (and its companion database, EEBO) for my research. I remember when I had to make expensive, time-consuming trips to London or Oxford, read early modern English books in the libraries there, order and pay for microfilms, and get them many weeks later. Nowadays, at a click of a mouse, I can access all the early books I want, and I can easily compare different editions of the same work. My research on the history of English lexicography in the 18th century would be literally impossible without ECCO; nor would it be possible for my MA and PhD students to study and work on primary sources.”
“ECCO has been invaluable to my research on eighteenth-century literature and culture. Having a full-text, searchable database on my screen allowed me access to even the most obscure primary materials at my convenience, saving me airfare to a major collection. Completing my recent publications would have been much more difficult without ECCO.”
“Another of the latest 'hot' products to wow scholars, Eighteenth Century Collections Online, a comprehensive digital edition of The Eighteenth Century microfilm resource, includes nearly every significant English-language title and edition published between 1701 and 1800 in the UK, along with thousands of important works from the Americas—amounting to full-text searching of some 33 million pages of material. A wonderful addition of primary source material to have readily accessible.”
“Eighteenth Century Collections Online is a comprehensive digital edition. As the promotional material claims, 'The Eighteenth Century Collection Online is the most ambitious single digitization project ever undertaken. It delivers every significant English-language title printed in Great Britain during the 18th century, along with thousands of important works from the Americas.' With an assertion like that, it's no wonder the resource's popularity has taken hold on campuses worldwide.”