Eight Centuries Content

Eight Centuries is a vast scholarly database for finding published material from the 12th century through 1930.

Through enhancement and implemenation of dozens of historically signficant scholarly indexes, it offers 'omni-disciplinary' coverage of primary materials in the Humanities and Social Sciences, Engineering, the History of Science, Law, Economics, Religion, Psychology, Government Documents, the Visual Arts, Music, and the Physical Sciences.


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Our objective is not simply to convert data, but to improve it.

This includes expanding truncated or erroneous titles, adding date elements, creating subject access, and expanding both direct and OpenURL links.

The example here is from William Frederick Poole's Index to Periodical Literature, 1800-1900:


Title Reconciliation

Paratext editors correct titles and expand them wherever possible. Original materials often contained erroneous abbreviated title data, or outright omissions. Title reconciliation improves accuracy for both searching and archive management.

Added Publication Dates

The addition of dates to Poole's Index is a major contribution: the original index had no date information. In addition to improved searching, the inclusion of dates dramatically improves the accuracy of both direct and OpenURL links to full text repositories.

Direct Links

OpenURL Links

Libraries with well-supported knowledgebases can increase its usefulness for direct research, interlibrary loan, and other applications.

Index to Periodical Literature, 1800-1900 (Poole's)

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514 a Penny Magazine of the Society for the Diffusion of Useful Knowledge
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Open Access and Full-Text Links


Open Access, full-text material is constantly expanding in Eight Centuries.


New contributions from the Digital Public Library of America (DPLA) and the National Archives have brought the vast majority of citations available for open access to these full-text materials.


Eight Centuries integrates with millions of full-fext documents in the following repositories.

Open Access


Digital Public Library of America
American Memory
Hathi Trust
JSTOR
National Archives
United States Patent and Trademark Office
Library of Congress
Oxford Digital Library
Making of America
New York Public Library

Commercial Data Sources


Readex
Adam Matthew
Hein Online
Artstor

Never Miss a Source...


Eight Centuries brings you sources you never even knew existed. Whether your focus is in the Arts, History of Science, or Engineering—Eight Centuries has aggregated all relevant and esoteric materials from 1106 to 1930 all under one search.


Advanced students, graduate and post-doctoral researchers can pinpoint what they need in a single source.


Chart showing detailed language breakdown of sources in Eight Centuries.


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Open Access


Open Access, full-text material is constantly expanding in Eight Centuries.

New contributions from the Digital Public Library of America (DPLA) and the National Archives have brought the vast majority of citations available for open access to these full-text materials.

Readex, Adam Matthew, ArtStor, JSTOR, HathiTrust, and Library of Congress.

Search the Periodicals

Although Eight Centuries covers all genre—books, newspapers, periodicals, images, and documents—the coverage of periodicals is uniquely extensive.

This resource allows practitioners to explore the breadth of coverage by: Language, Periodical Title and Index Source for Citations.

Simplified chart showing language breakdown of sources in Eight Centuries.