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Online resources

The list below suggests some eresources that Special Collections users may find particularly useful. For a full list of resources subscribed to by King's please see the A-Z list of databases.

Services subscribed to by King's

CERL Heritage of the Printed Book Database (HPB)

King's is a member of CERL (Consortium of European Research LIbraries) and 14,000 records for items printed between 1483 and 1830 and held in the Foyle Special Collections Library, are available on CERL’s Heritage of the Printed Book Database (HPB).

Leather-bound volume from Special Collections libraryECCO (Eighteenth Century Collections Online)

- English books, 1701-1800. Requires King's username and password for use off campus.

EEBO (Early English Books Online)

- English books, 1473-1700. Requires King's username and password for use off campus.

Empire Online

Empire Online is a digital resource containing thousands of images of unique source material, including maps and manuscripts which enables undergraduates and postgraduates to explore colonial history, politics, culture and society. Requires King's username and password for off-campus access.

House of Commons Parliamentary Papers (HCPP)

HCPP includes over 200,000 House of Commons sessional papers from 1715 to the present, with supplementary material back to 1688. HCPP delivers page images and searchable full text for each paper, along with detailed indexing.

Migration to new worlds

Provided by Adam Matthew, Migration to New Worlds explores the movement of peoples from Great Britain, Ireland, mainland Europe and Asia to the New World and Australasia. Split across two modules, and including collections from 26 archives, libraries and museums, Migration to New Worlds brings together the movement and memories of millions across two centuries of mass migration.

UK Medical Heritage Library

King’s College London was one of ten partners in a major project to digitise 19th and early 20th century medical books, jointly funded by Jisc and the Wellcome Trust.

Approximately 15 million pages and 70,000 volumes of books and pamphlets from our collections and those of other UK partner institutions have been digitised and the resulting resources are now freely available on multiple platforms.

A link to all the material digitised in the project  is available here and through the lnternet Archive icon below.

Internet Archive logo

Cover of The Manchester Evening Chronicle Household Medical Adviser, 1900The link below directs you to all the items digitised in the project which were submitted by King's:

King's College London submitted books

The image shown to the right is an example of  an item that was digitised and which is now available to view on the UK Medical Heritage Library site. Click on the image to navigate to the record on the site.

All the resources digitised in the project - both those digitised from King's and from project partners - are also available through the King's Library catalogue and through Library Search.

Use the Library catalogue and Library Search to locate resources.

The screenshot below shows part of the King's Library catalogue record for the Household medical adviser, featured above. A link to the digitised version of the item is highlighted at the top of the record.

Library catalogue record with link to UK Medical Heritage Library record highlighted

A link to the UK Medical Heritage Library, as well as links to other useful resources can also be found in the databases A-Z page.


Jisc Historical texts, Visualizing medical history projectA supplementary project to aid researchers in the use of the site, available as part of JISC Historical Texts, is also available here: Visualising Medical History and through the link above.

This project aims to allow researchers to search the content in new and innovative ways.

The King's items that were digitised are all from the Foyle Special Collections Library and reflect the rich tradition of medical teaching and research across the current King’s Health Partners.

Further information and a link to the Wellcome Library catalogue where the items are also available is available here

Digital Humanities at King's

The Department of Digital Humanities at King's is an international leader in the application of technology in the arts and humanities, and in the social sciences.

Georgian papers programme

The Georgian Papers Programme is a partnership between King's College London and the Royal Collection Trust, which aims to enrich public historical understanding of the Georgian period through collection digitisation, dissemination and interpretation.

Georgian papers programme

A feature on the Foyle Special Collections Library

A blog post on some items in our collections relating to the period

Periodicals and newspaper collections subscribed to by King's

17th and 18th Century Burney Collection Newspapers

- The newspapers and news pamphlets gathered by the Reverend Charles Burney (1757 - 1817) represent the largest single collection of 17th and 18th century English news media. The 700 or so bound volumes of newspapers and news pamphlets were published mostly in London, however there are also some English provincial, Irish and Scottish papers, and a few examples from the American colonies, Europe and India. Requires King's username and password for use off campus.

19th Century British Library Newspapers

- Contains full runs of 48 influential national and regional nineteenth century newspapers. King's username and password needed for use off campus.

19th Century UK Periodicals

- Provides access to around 100 periodicals for the study of British life in the nineteenth century - from women to sports and leisure, and from children to humour. It is mainly based on the repositories of the British Library and the National Library of Scotland. King's username and password needed for use off campus.

British Newspapers 1600-1900

- The British Newspapers 1600-1900 is the most significant digital collection of British historic newspapers. New conservation and imaging techniques and a new cross-searchable platform adopted by the British Library offers unparalleled access and discoverability to this valuable historical and cultural archive. In addition one will find specially commissioned essays and contextual materials written by expert scholars intended to help non-specialist users with perspective and analysis. Requires King's username and password for use off campus.

British Periodicals Online

- Searchable full text of hundreds of periodicals from the seventeenth to the twentieth century. Requires King's username and password for use off campus.

The Economist Historical Archive 1843-2003

- The Economist Historical Archive 1843-2003 ('EHA') is the fully searchable complete facsimile edition of The Economist, the weekly paper which is essential reading for anyone engaged in politics, current affairs and all aspects of business and trade worldwide. In 8,000 issues and more than 600,0000 pages, EHA offers full-colour images, multiple search indexes, topic and area supplements and surveys, together with a gallery of front covers and a selection of exportable financial tables. Altogether this is a unrivalled multidisciplinary primary source for researching and teaching the 19th and 20th centuries. Requires King's username and password for use off campus.

Historical Newspapers: The Guardian (1821-2003) and The Observer (1791-2003)

- Provides online, easily-searchable first-hand accounts and coverage of the politics, society and events of the time. Requires King's username and password for use off campus.

Times Digital Archive (TDA) 1785-1985

- Researchers can search through the complete digital edition of The Times (London), using keyword searching and hit-term highlighting to retrieve full facsimile images of either a specific article or a complete page. The entire newspaper is captured, with all articles, advertisements and illustrations/photos divided into categories to facilitate searching. Requires King's username and password for use off campus.

External resources

Dibner Library of the History of Science and Technology

The Center for Retrospective Digitization, Göttingen State and University Library

The collections are particularly strong in the areas of travel literature, mathematics and zoology.

Early Canadiana Online (ECO)

This is a digital library containing over 12,000 volumes. Some material is restricted to ECO subscribers but much is free.

Eighteenth Century Official Parliamentary Publications Portal 1688-1834

- Over one million pages of British Official Parliamentary Publications. Coverage includes the Journals of the House of Commons and Lords, Parliamentary Registers, Sessional Papers of the House of Commons, Acts, Bills and Local and Personal Acts.

English Emblem Book Project

English Short Title Catalogue (ESTC)

- A short title catalogue of works published 1473 - 1800, primarily in English, and published mainly in the British Isles and North America


- Gallica provides access to around  90,000 digitized books  from the BnF.

Internet Library of Early Journals

- Eighteenth and nineteenth century British journals.

Making of America

- The collection currently contains approximately 8,500 books and 50,000 journal articles with nineteenth century imprints on American social history from the antebellum period through reconstruction.

William Blake Archive

- High-quality electronic reproductions of a growing portion of Blake's work.

Munich Digitisation Centre

The Digital Library of the Bavarian State Library hosting more than 16 million scans of books and manuscripts from the Middle Ages onwards.

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