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Eighteenth-Century Studies: Online Resources: 2. Early Periodical Literature

This is a guide to both free web sites and electronic primary resources we have purchased or subscribe to on/about the long 18th century. Last updated 06-05-2023

Early Periodical Literature

HathiTrust Digital Library

HathiTrust was conceived as a collaboration of the thirteen universities of the Committee on Institutional Cooperation and the University of California system to establish a repository for these universities to archive and share their digitized collections. There are now more than 60 partner libraries. For more information, see

Internet Library of Early Journals

ILEJ, the "Internet Library of Early Journals" was a joint project by the Universities of Birmingham, Leeds, Manchester and Oxford, conducted under the auspices of the eLib (Electronic Libraries) Programme. It aimed to digitise substantial runs of 18th and 19th century journals, and make these images available on the Internet, together with their associated bibliographic data. The core collection for the ILEJ project is runs of at least 20 consecutive years of three 18th-century journals: Gentleman's Magazine, The Annual Register, and Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society; and three 19th-century journals: Notes and Queries, The Builder and Blackwood's Edinburgh Magazine. Although the project is not ongoing, some years of these critical 18th and 19th century journals are searchable here.  Free on the internet.

Google Books Advanced Search

Google Books (previously known as Google Book Search and Google Print) is a service from Google Inc. that searches the full text of books and magazines that Google has scanned, converted to text using optical character recognition, and stored in its digital database.  A click on a result from Google Books opens an interface in which the user may view pages from the book, if out of copyright or if the copyright owner has given permission. Books in the public domain are available in "full view" and free for download. Most scanned works are no longer in print or commercially available.  For those which are, the site provides links to the website of the publisher and booksellers.  Iincludes some periodicals.  In the Advanced search it is possible to specify content "magazines."