"ECCO is an amazingly rich resource: it puts a magnificent library of eighteenth-century printed material on the desktops of scholars and students. It vastly improves access; it allows the scholar to discover new seams of material; it gives students unprecedented access to masses of primary source material. And of course it supports new kinds of searching. It is very well presented and in general easy to use." 
Joanna Innes, Somerville College, Oxford University

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 Eighteenth Century Collections Online (ECCO) brings learning to life and new dimension to history at Leeds University >>

ECCO Part I:

Quick facts:

  • More than 26 million pages
  • 136,291 titles
  • 155,010 volumes
  • 136,209 MARC records

Based upon the English Short Title Catalogue (ESTC) bibliography and printed works in Gale's The Eighteenth Century microfilm collection, Eighteenth Century Collections Online (ECCO) offers students and researchers access to the most comprehensive online library of 18th century book titles printed in the United Kingdom.

This collection of eighteenth century books contains every significant English-language and foreign-language title printed in the United Kingdom between the years 1701 and 1800 – 135,000 printed works comprising more than 26 million scanned facsimile pages. While the majority of works in ECCO are in the English language, researchers will also discover a rich vein of works printed in Dutch, French, German, Italian, Latin, Spanish and Welsh.

Full-text searching across all 26 million pages enables users to explore a vast range of books and directories, Bibles, sheet music, sermons, advertisements, and works by both celebrated and lesser-known authors. Researchers will also find rare works from women writers of the 18th Century, collections on the French Revolution, and numerous editions of the works of Shakespeare.

Multiple editions of an individual work now allow researchers to make textual comparisons between editions essential for their
research. With hard-to-find material in every discipline this collection provides the kind of multi-disciplinary research opportunities that
have been unavailable until now. The material has been organised and arranged into seven subject areas, streamlining the research
experience for teachers and students alike:

  • History and Geography
  • Social Science
  • Fine Arts, Music, Art & Architecture
  • Medicine, Science and Technology
  • Literature and Language
  • Religion and Philosophy
  • Law
  • General Reference


ECCO Part II: New Editions

Quick facts:

  • More than 6 million pages
  • 46,607 new titles
  • 50,629 volumes


The scope to create Eighteenth Century Collections Online: Part II: New Editions  arose out of several circumstances. Since ECCO’s original release, the ESTC has uncovered a wealth of valuable new material and new holdings of previously unavailable titles. Secondly, rapid developments in scanning technology have enabled Gale to digitise works too fragile to be handled at the time of ECCO’s original production. 


The titles in ECCO Part II cover the same subjects areas as the original collection, with an emphaisis on Literature, Social Science and Religion titles. This second edition includes nearly 50,000 titles and 7 million pages from the library holdings of the British Library, Bodleian, Cambridge, National Library of Scotland and the Ransom Center at the University of Texas.

Consisting of material filmed from 2003 onwards, ECCO Part II: New Editions is available exclusively to institutions that have purchased ECCO Part I.


ECCO Parts I and II combined:

ECCO Parts I and II combined now contain over 180,000 titles (200,000 volumes) and more than 32 million pages, adding greatly to the depth of 18th century research. Users of ECCO Parts I and II  can search the collection via a new user interface with increased functionality including MARC record/metadata enhancements, a research guide section for undergraduates with contextual essays and chronology, an image gallery and a key documents section.

Part I and II combined contain:
•More than 32 million pages of text
•182,898 titles
•205,639 volumes
•7 major subject areas covered


ECCO on GALE Artemis


Gale Artemis is a ground breaking research environment that integrates formerly disparate digital collections to enable innovative research. Gale Artemis provides an unprecedented, seamless research experience that helps students find a starting point, search across a wide array of materials and points in time, and discover new ways to analyse information.


ECCO/EEBO cross search

Institutions with access to ECCO and Early English Books Online (EEBO) from ProQuest are able to cross-search both collections. Users can extend their searches across centuries’ of publications from the first book published in English through to the folios of Shakespeare and the classics of Defoe. 

ECCO/EEBO cross searchability is also available to ECCO I customers. For ECCO I customers who would like to migrate to the new user interface now email emea.globaltech@cengage.com.


In 2006, JISC purchased Eighteenth Century Collections Online (ECCO) on behalf of the UK Higher and Further Education institutions and Research Councils. In 2009, JISC Collections purchased the new edition ECCO Part 2, providing an additional 45,000 titles and 7 million pages of new works and editions uncovered by the English Short Title Catalogue since 2003.

For librarians at HE and FE institutions in the UK – to sign up and make Eighteenth Century Collections Online available to your library users please visit the catalogue pages on the JISC Collections site and download, complete and return the license agreement.

For staff and students at HE and FE institutions in the UK – please contact your library to enquire about online access to Eighteenth Century Collections Online or visit the JISC Content Portal pages




                                                                                                    

 Please note:

“Our databases and digital archives are only available for institutions to trial and purchase. They are not available at this stage for individual subscriptions. For individuals seeking specific content within one of our resources, Gale, part of Cengage Learning does not have the rights to provide this service. If you wish to obtain a specific article, issue or book, please contact your library and enquire about online access to our products. We apologise for any inconvenience this may cause.”