Eighteenth Century Collections Online

Eighteenth Century Collections Online contains over 180,000 titles (200,000 volumes) and more than 32 million pages, making ECCO the premier and irreplaceable resource for eighteenth-century research.

As well as titles from the regions stated above, material printed is included from elsewhere which contains significant text in English, Welsh, Irish or Gaelic, as well as any book falsely claiming to have been printed in Britain or its territories.

Users of ECCO Part I and Part II can full-text search the collection via an intuitive user interface. In addition, MARC record/metadata enhancements, a research guide section for undergraduates with contextual essays and chronology, an image gallery, and a key documents section facilitate discovery and study.


Old Books and Digital Publishing: Eighteenth-Century Collections Online
Written by Dr. Stephen H. Gregg
Published online by Cambridge University Press | 23 December 2020

A history of Eighteenth-Century Collections Online, this open access publication written by Stephen H Gregg, examines ECCO's prehistory as, first, a computer catalogue of eighteenth-century print, and then as a commercial microfilm collection, before moving to the digitisation and development of the interfaces to ECCO, as well as Gale's various partnerships and licensing deals.

An essential aspect of Old Books and Digital Publishing: Eighteenth-Century Collections Online is how it explores the socio-cultural and technological debates around the access to old books from the 1930s to the present day. Since the book published in 2020, Gale has migrated ECCO to a more modern platform, and these have been examined in this blog – posted in April 2022.

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