JISC Historic Books provides one platform to search three collections:
Early English Books Online (ECCO) - Scanned images, and where available, digital editions of over 125000 books published in English between 1475 and 1700.
Subjects covered include:
English Literature History Philosophy
Linguistics Theology Law
Music Fine Art Education
Early English Books Online includes key works of the period, including the works of Shakespeare and Newton's Principia Mathematics
Eighteenth Century Collections Online (ECCO) - A collection of all books published in Great Britain and its colonies from 1700-1799, over 180,000 titles in English, Dutch, French, German, Latin, Spanish and Welsh. It includes books, bibles, sheet music, sermons and advertisments.
Subject covered include:
History and Geography Social Sciences Fine Art, Music, Art and Architecture
Medicine, Science and Technology Literature and Language Religion and Philosophy
Law General Reference
Both scanned images of the original documents, and digital editions are available in ECCO.
British Library 19th Century Collection - A collection of more than 65,000 first editions from the 19th Century, which are out of copyright, which include the original typeface and illustrations.
Subjects covered include:
Philosophy History Poetry & Literature
Both scanned images of the original documents, and digital editions are available.
JISC Historic Books can be accessed on or off-campus
Can I access all the Ebooks on JISC Historical Books?
Yes - you have access to the complete collection
Please note that records for books held on JISC Historic Books are not listed on SAULCAT.
JISC Historic books has a Basic Search and Advanced Search option.
The results page will provide a summary of the number of documents matching your search. You will also see what collection they come from. There are search refinement options on the left of the page if you need to narrow your results.
When you have found the document you want to use, click the title of the document to open it.
You can read the whole of the text online. The default display option is to provide an image of the pages. All books in the BL 19 Century Collection, and Eighteenth Century Collection Online (ECCO) are available as page image files, or as text files, which may be clearer to read. Some of the Early English Books Online (EEBO) documents are also available as text files.
You can navigate through the documents using the forward and back navigation buttons at the left and right of the screen.
Use the toolbar along the top to choose view in single page mode, two page mode, and to enlarge/reduce using the zoom option.
Download or Print
You are able to download or print any document available through JISC Historic Books, please note files are not available immediately, please allow 24-48 hours for your requested file to be prepared:
An email will be sent to you with a link to the document you have selected, please note this isn't instantaneous, the time taken may depend on the size of document. The delay is due to the technical process of creating your document, more information can be found in the FAQ section of the Jisc Historic Books website.
The email will come from JHB Print Server (email@example.com) and will contain a link to a pdf version of the document requested. Please note that the link will only work once, once you have clicked the link you will need to save or print the document if you want to have future access without going through the download process again.
Jisc are currently providing a Beta test site for a new platform - JISC Historic Texts. This is site will see new developments added.