Wednesday, 4 June 2014

Introducing JISC Historical Texts

The platform formerly known as JISC Historic Books has had a revamp. The BETA version of the new platform, JISC Historical Texts, is available now for you to explore: 

The current platform will be replaced on 23rd June 2014, so take care to update your links and bookmarks! 

JISC Historical Texts contains the same three collections as before, bringing together over 350,000 late-15th to 19th century texts: Early English Books Online (EEBO), Eighteenth Century Collections Online 
(ECCO), and 19th century books from the British Library collection.

The new name reflects the fact that this platform isn't just a gateway to books - you can also find pamphlets and periodicals from over the centuries, and as new collections are added the possibilities are endless. 

New features that will enhance your research in this platform include instant PDF downloads, the ability to view images and full text side by side, and illustration searching.

As a taster to those who may not have seen this resource before, here are just a few of the full-text copies available to view for free (institutional login required):

'The Welsh wedding, shewing how Shon-ap-Morgan, rode to London upon a goat to get a wife' - 1766.

'Y ffordd i fod yn happus mewn byd truenus' -  a translation of Ambrose Serle's 'The way to be happy in a miserable world' by Hugh Jones, 1789.

'Proposals for erecting libraries in Wales, as also for dispersing some devotional and practical book there, both in the English and Welsh tongues' - 1708.

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