English Literature

Eighteenth Century Collections Online

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Use Eighteenth Century Collections Online (ECCO) to access the digital images of every page of 150,000 books published during the 18th Century. With full-text searching of approximately 26 million pages, the product allows researchers new methods of access to critical information in the fields of history, literature, religion, law, fine arts, science and more.

The collection will include every significant English-language and foreign-language title printed in the United Kingdom, along with thousands of important works from the Americas. The collection is an ongoing project based on The English Short Title Catalogue (ESTC), a machine-readable union list of the holdings of the British Library, as well as those from more than 1,500 university, private, and public libraries worldwide.

Eighteenth Century Collections Online captures the essence of the Enlightenment in Great Britain between 1701 and 1800. As the eighteenth century opened, the expiration of the strict controls that previously existed over printing, coupled with the birth of the Industrial Revolution, resulted in the proliferation of printing operations across the country—and in turn, created an explosion of literacy. For the first time, a large segment of the population was exposed to a vast array of printed material. Social and economic criticism flourished; theories on man and society were set forth and debated. A variety of materials is included—from books and broadsides, Bibles, tract books and sermons to printed ephemera—with works by many well-known and lesser-known authors, all providing a diverse collection of material for the researcher of the eighteenth century. A centerpiece of this collection is the complete works of twenty-eight major eighteenth-century authors including:

• Henry Fielding
• Edmund Burke
• Alexander Pope
• Thomas Paine
• Benjamin Franklin
• Jonathan Swift

Also included are significant collections of women writers of the eighteenth century, collections on the French Revolution, and numerous eighteenth-century editions of the works of Shakespeare. Where they add scholarly value or contain important differences, multiple editions of each individual work are offered (including all 500 editions of Daniel Defoe’s Robinson Crusoe) to enable scholars to make textual comparisons of the works.

(From the website)


Eighteenth Century Collection Online via Text Creation Partnership provides 2,231 highly accurate, fully-searchable, SGML/XML-encoded texts from the ECCO collection representing some of the most used volumes from the collection.


Each page is an image of the printed original document.

You can choose to simultaneously search Early English Books Online (books), by clicking in the box that offers this option.

Click here to connect to Eighteenth Century Collections Online.

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Only books published in the 1700's.
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Eighteenth Century Journals I & II


Rare printed British journals, periodicals and newspapers of the long eighteenth century not covered in EEBO, ECCO or Early English Newspapers. All items are full text searchable.

This project brings together rare journals printed between 1693 and 1799 illuminating all aspects of eighteenth-century social, political and literary life. Many are ephemeral, lasting only for a handful of issues, others run for several years. They offer effective coverage of the important issues of the period, and are invaluable to the study of all aspects of the eighteenth century, including crime, sport, advertising, the theatre; fashion; politics, revolution; agriculture; social issues and society life.

There are polemics, poetry, letters to the press, reviews of drama and novels, contemporary adverts and essays on almost every conceivable topic.

See the list of titles.

(From the website)


Available from Adam Matthew Digital through a CRKN agreement (June 1, 2008 - May 31, 2011).

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A stable url (or persistent link) is a link that connects a user to a particular item in a database or on the web.

A persistent link in this database is the link to the .pdf document.

Empire Online

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Empire Online features a wide variety of material including:  Exploration journals and logs; Letter books and correspondence; Periodicals; Diaries; Official Government Papers; Missionary papers; Travel writing; Slave papers; Memoirs; Fiction; Children's Adventure Stories; Traditional folk tales; Exhibition Catalogues and guides; Maps; Marketing Posters; Photographs; and Illustrations, with many in colour.  All of the items featured are covered in their entirety.  All of these have been indexed in detail, enabling students to find relevant materials easily.

The images are sourced from libraries and archives around the world, including a strong core of document images from the British Library.

The project is divided into five sections covering varying aspects of the colonial experience.  These are:

  • Section I: Cultural Contact, 1492-1969
    • manuscript sources such as the diaries and eyewitness accounts of European travellers, correspondence and periodical literature
    • evidence from native populations and indigenous tribes in Africa, India, Canada, Australia and the South Pacific
    • examines how attitudes changed over time as well as the manner in which Europeans worked both with and against indigenous groups in the quest for independence and self-government in the twentieth century
  • Section II: Literature and Empire
    • important texts describing the outreach and impact of colonial endeavour
    • writings by both pro- and anti-imperial authors, by agents of empire, by controllers of empire, and by imperial subjects
    • poetry, prose and drama
  • Section III: The Visible Empire
    • provides photographs and illustrations (over 5% of the images in this section are in colour) that relate to the art, architecture, representations of indigenous peoples, landscapes and natural history of colonial territories throughout the world
    • also focuses on the perception of Empire at home and how Britain was perceived by its visiting colonial subjects
  • Section IV: Religion and Empire
    • features material on encounters with local religious beliefs, missionary work, the development of indigenous churches, and the annexation of existing local beliefs and customs
    • documents on different regions in India and Africa, and on work amongst the Native American Indians in Canada; Maoris, Aborigines and other tribes are covered in records on Australasia and the South Pacific
  • Section V: Race, Class, Imperialism and Colonialism, c1607-2007
    • Colonialism created a new world order in which Europeans asserted their right to intervene and impose conditions of modernity on the subject peoples of their empires. Imperialism as the bearer of modernity, or what the Victorians called the civilising mission, constructed new identities of race, class and gender
    • looks at concepts of America and Imperialism from colonial time to Iraq

(From the website)


Includes images: maps, photographs, and illustrations.

Available from Adam Matthew Digital through a CRKN agreement (June 1, 2008 - May 31, 2011).

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A persistent link in this database is the link to the .pdf document.

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Evans Early American Imprint Collection - Text Creation Partnership

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4,977 accurately keyed and fully searchable SGML/XML text editions from among the 40,000 titles available in the Evans Early American Imprints Collection of printed source material relating to the history, literature, and culture of the first 250 years of what is now the United States, between 1640 and 1821.


Each page is an image of the printed original document.

Books, pamphlets, and broadsides known to have been printed in the United States between 1640 and 1821.
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Not updated regularly.

GALE - All Databases

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Gale is a publishing company, from which we purchase several online databases. These databases are available on the Gale search engine.

  • Some are "cross-searchable" - you can search them all at once. (Use the link above to see all of these.) 
  • Others (at the bottom of the list) must be searched individually.

Cross-searchable databases:

 Database Description CPI.Q 1980-

  • Use this database to find articles from a comprehensive list of Canadian and international journals, magazines, selected sections of the Globe and Mail, Canadian biographies, and other reference content from Thomson Gale, all with a Canadian focus.


     Database Description Academic OneFile  1980-

    • A source for peer-reviewed, full-text articles from journals and reference sources.
    • Coverage of the physical sciences, technology, medicine, social sciences, the arts, theology, literature and other subjects.
    • Millions of articles available in both PDF and HTML full-text.
    • Includes full-text coverage of the New York Times back to 1995.


       Database Description Gale Virtual Reference Library

      • A database of encyclopedias and specialized reference sources for multidisciplinary research.



        • A selection of e-books from Gale Publishing.


           Database Description Grzimek's Animal Life

          • Provides coverage on more than 4,000 species, and includes more than 11,000 images, videos, illustrations, and maps

          Databases that must be searched individually: 

          Database Description  Literature Resource Center

          • Up-to-date biographical information, overviews, full-text literary criticism and reviews on more than 130,000 writers in all disciplines, from all time periods and from around the world.
          •  Includes MLA Bibliography.

          Database Description Eighteenth Century Collections Online

          • Digital images of every page of 150,000 books published during the 18th Century.
          • Full-text searching of approximately 26 million pages.

          Database Description The Times Digital Archive 1785 -1985

          • Complete digital edition of The Times (London),
          • 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.

          Database Description 17th and 18th Century Burney Collection

          • Newspapers and news pamphlets gathered by the Reverend Charles Burney (1757 - 1817).
          • 700 or so bound volumes of newspapers and news pamphlets published mostly in London, also some English provincial, Irish and Scottish papers, and a few examples from the American colonies, Europe and India.

          Some of these databases were one-time purchases with Knowledge Ontario (not funded since 2012).

          Varies by database.
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          Varies by database.

          Gale Virtual Reference Library

          Resource Type: 

          This is an e-book platform, with many reference books available. The books can be searched as a group, or an individual title can be opened, viewed, or searched.

          The following Reference titles are included:

          • Business Leader Profiles for Students , 2v,  1999
          • Cities of the World , 6th ed.,  4v,  2002
          • The College Blue Book , 33rd ed.,  6v,  2006
          • Company Profiles for Students , 3v,  1999
          • Computer Sciences , 4v,  2002
          • Countries and Their Cultures , 4v,  2001
          • Encyclopedia of Business and Finance , 2nd ed.,  2v,  2006
          • Encyclopedia of Communication and Information , 3v,  2002
          • Encyclopedia of Crime and Justice , 2nd ed.,  4v,  2002
          • Encyclopedia of Drugs, Alcohol & Addictive Behavior , 2nd ed.,  4v,  2001
          • Encyclopedia of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgendered History in America , 3v,  2004
          • Encyclopedia of Management , 5th ed.,  2006
          • Encyclopedia of Products & Industries - Manufacturing , 2v,  2008
          • Encyclopedia of Public Health , 4v,  2002
          • Encyclopedia of Sociology , 2nd ed.,  5v,  2001
          • Encyclopedia of World Biography , 2nd ed.,  23v,  2004
          • Encyclopedia of World Biography , Vol. 24,  2nd ed.,  2005
          • Encyclopedia of World Biography , Vol. 25,  2nd ed.,  2005
          • Encyclopedia of World Biography , Vol. 26,  2nd ed.,  2006
          • Encyclopedia of World Biography , Vol. 27,  2nd ed.,  2007
          • Enfermedades y Trastornos de la Salud , 3v,  2004
          • Environmental Encyclopedia , 3rd ed.,  2v,  2003
          • Gale E-Commerce Sourcebook , 2v,  2003
          • Gale Encyclopedia of E-Commerce , 2v,  2002
          • The Gale Encyclopedia of Psychology , 2nd ed.,  2001
          • The Gale Encyclopedia of Science , 3rd ed.,  6v,  2004
          • Geo-Data: The World Geographical Encyclopedia , 3rd ed.,  2003
          • International Dictionary of Psychoanalysis , 3v,  2005
          • Junior Worldmark Encyclopedia of Physical Geography , 5v,  2003
          • Junior Worldmark Encyclopedia of World Cities , 4v,  2000
          • Lucent Library of Science and Technology: Virtual Reality , 2004
          • Nutrition and Well-Being A to Z , 2v,  2004
          • Pollution A to Z , 2v,  2004
          • Psychologists and Their Theories for Students , 2v,  2005
          • Scholarships, Fellowships and Loans , 22nd ed.,  2006
          • Science and Its Times , 8v,  2001
          • Science of Everyday Things , 4v,  2002
          • UXL Encyclopedia of Science , 2nd ed.,  10v,  2002
          • Water: Science and Issues , 4v,  2003
          • World of Earth Science , 2v,  2003
          • World Press Encyclopedia , 2nd ed.,  2v,  2003

          This product comes from Thomson Gale publishers and is available on the Gale interface with other Gale databases. It is part of the Knowledge Ontario package.

          Stable URL: 

          A stable url (or persistent link) is a link that connects a user to a particular item in a database or on the web.

          To link to a particular book or article, click on "Bookmark" and copy the URL provided.

          HighWire Press


          As the leading ePublishing platform, HighWire (a division of the Stanford University Libraries) partners with independent scholarly publishers, societies, associations, and university presses to facilitate the digital dissemination of journals.

          HighWire provides the platform on which the publications are made available, not the content.

          Some of the journals are available by subscription only and Trent subscribes to many of these.


          Trent does not subscribe to the all HighWire Press e-journals; hence you may get results that include pay-per-view articles when you use the search engine. Please keep in mind that you have the option of ordering those articles through Trent's Interlibrary Loan system without a charge. Also, check our E-Journals A-Z to find out if we have access from another site.

          Some content is available to the public, without subscription.

          Varies by title.
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          Web of Science / Web of Knowledge


          The Web of Science provides web access to the:

          Web of Science can be used both as a regular index to find articles on a topic, and as a citation index to search backward and forward through time. Once you find an article of interest, you can see what other resources are cited in that article (Cited References), and also find articles which have cited it (Citing Articles). You can even use the "Related Articles" feature to find other articles that have cited the same articles. Want to know who's citing your work? Do a "Cited References" search. For more information, see our webpage on Cited Reference Searching - Web of Science.

          Tutorials on using this product can be found on their webpage for tutorials.

          All journals indexed in the Web of Science are scholarly and peer-reviewed, representing the most important journals in the field. For further information on their selection criteria, see their essay entitled "THE THOMSON SCIENTIFIC JOURNAL SELECTION PROCESS".

          Science Citation Index Expanded

          Science Citation Index Expanded is a multidisciplinary index to the journal literature of the sciences. It fully indexes 5,900 major journals across 150 scientific disciplines. In addition, the Science Citation Index Expanded:

          • Provides access to current information and retrospective data from 1981 to the present.
          • Averages 19,000 new records per week.
          • Includes approximately 423,000 new cited references per week.
          • As of January 1991, contains searchable, full-length, English-language author abstracts for approximately 70% of the articles in the index.

          Some of the disciplines covered include: Astronomy, Biology, Biochemistry, Physics, Chemistry, Computer Science, Mathematics, Psychiatry, Medicine.

          Social Sciences Citation Index

          The Social Sciences Citation Index is a multidisciplinary index to the journal literature of the social sciences. It fully indexes more than 1,725 journals across 50 social sciences disciplines, and it indexes individually selected, relevant items from over 3,300 of the world's leading scientific and technical journals.

          In addition, the Social Sciences Citation Index:

          • Provides access to current information and retrospective data from 1981 forward.
          • Averages 2,900 new records per week.
          • Includes approximately 60,000 new cited references per week.
          • As of January 1992, contains searchable, full-length, English-language author abstracts for approximately 60% of the articles in the index.

          Some of the disciplines covered include: Anthropology, History, Linguistics, Philosophy, Psychology, Political Science, Public Health, Sociology, Women's Studies, Urban Studies.

          Arts & Humanities Citation Index

          Arts & Humanities Citation Index is a multidisciplinary index covering the journal literature of the arts and humanities. It fully covers 1,144 of the world's leading arts and humanities journals, and it indexes individually selected, relevant items from over 6,800 major science and social science journals.

          In addition, the Arts & Humanities Citation Index:

          • Provides access to current information and retrospective data from 1981 forward.
          • Averages 2,300 new records per week.
          • Includes approximately 15,250 new cited references per week.
          • Contains a current total of over 2.5 million records.
          • Contains unique implicit citations that refer you to actual representations of a book, a work of art, a music score, or anything else.
          • Contains title enhancements added to ambiguous or hard-to-categorize article titles to clarify article contents.
          • As of January 2000, the Arts & Humanities Index contains searchable, full-length, English-language author abstracts.

          Some of the disciplines covered include: Archaeology, Art, Classics, History, Language, Linguistics, Literature, Philosophy, Radio, Television & Film, Religion, Theatre.


          Access the mobile site at http://m.webofknowledge.com and login with an account you create for yourself.  The account must be created from a Trent-authenticated machine by going to Web of Science/Knowledge, and clicking on "Sign In", then "Register".

          The account will give you access for 6 months; in order to renew, simply use it from a Trent-authenticated machine again.

          See here for more details.

          These databases work with Get it! Trent to locate full-text availability.

          New in January 2012: Search for papers by Trent authors using the "Organization-Enhanced" field instead of the "Address" field.

          • Select "Organization-Enhanced" as the search field.
          • Click on "Select from Index" and search for "Trent".
          • Add "Trent Univ" from the list.
          • Search.

          This eliminates "Nottingham Trent in England" and includes UNIV TRENT as well as TRENT UNIV.

          Compatibility problems with IE 9.
          You should be able to get around this problem by clicking on the ‘compatibility view’ icon/button which is located to the immediate right of the web address bar when you’re within Web of Knowledge/Science.If you are unable to see a ‘compatibility view’ icon, you will need to activate it by following these steps:

          1. Click on Tools menu
          2. Click on Compatibility View Settings
          3. Type ‘isiknowledge.com’ in the textbox and click on Add
          1981 - Current
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          A stable url (or persistent link) is a link that connects a user to a particular item in a database or on the web.

          Most records in Web of Science/Knowledge use the doi system to create a stable link.

          To link to a particular article via doi, look for the line that provides a doi and use it to create a link. 


          DOI: 10.1016/j.asr.2009.02.013
          Link: http://web2.trentu.ca:2048/login?url=http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.asr.2009.02.013

          (Ensure off-campus access by including the Trent-specific proxy prefix: http://web2.trentu.ca:2048/login?url=.)

          Since this database also contains links to Get it! Trent you can use the "Save Citation" data to create a link to the article.

          Very Short Introductions (VSI)

          Resource Type: 

          The Very Short Introductions (VSI) series was launched in 1995 by Oxford University Press and offers concise introductions to a wide variety of subjects across the sciences, social sciences, and humanities.

          The e-books purchased by Trent Library are individually listed in TOPCAT and can be found by searching TOPCAT (see the webpage on Finding E-Books). TOPCAT will provide a link to the book on the publisher's platform.


          Limited to one simultaneous user.

          • Only one person can access it at a time.
          • If you get a "simultaneous user limit exceeded" message, please try again later. It is still possible to browse titles with this error, however you will not be able to access full-text.


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          A stable url (or persistent link) is a link that connects a user to a particular item in a database or on the web.  

          For Very Short Introductions the URL that appears in your browser should act as a stable URL.

          Very Short Introductions is also DOI compliant.

          University Press Scholarship Online (UPSO)

          Resource Type: 

          UPSO is a collection of over 10,000 scholarly ebooks in 23 subject areas from the following 10 University presses:

          • American University in Cairo Press
          • Edinburgh University Press
          • Fordham University Press
          • Hong Kong University Press
          • Manchester University Press
          • Oxford University Press
          • Policy Press (Bristol)
          • University of California Press
          • University of Florida Press
          • University of Kentucky Press

          The majority of the books in the OCUL licensed UPSO collection are published since the mid 2000s.


          These books are available through:

          2000 -
          Update Frequency: 
          Irregular, as new books are purchased by the library. Last updated: Feb 2014.
          Stable URL: 

          A stable url (or persistent link) is a link that connects a user to a particular item in a database or on the web.  

          University Press Scholarship Online uses the doi system to create a stable link.

          To link to a particular article via doi, look for the line that provides a doi and use it create a link.

          DOI: 10.1525/california/9780520227460.001.0001
          Link: http://web2.trentu.ca:2048/login?url=http://dx.doi.org/10.1525/california/9780520227460.001.0001

          (To ensure off-campus access, include the proxy prefix:


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