Wednesday, November 08, 2006

English Short Title Catalogue


The essential resource for historians, English language and literature scholars, and all those interested in early printed books, periodicals and ephemera, the English Short Title Catalogue (ESTC) provides bibliographic records for all known British printed material before 1801 held by the British Library and over 2000 other institutions worldwide.
The resource will be made freely available to researchers for the first time from October 2006.
The ESTC is unparalleled in its depth and range containing all types of printed material including letterpress books, pamphlets, newspapers, serials, advertisements, slip-songs, election handbills and a variety of other ephemera. The coverage extends to items printed in all languages in the British Isles and beyond.
Link: http://estc.bl.uk
Access: Free