English Short Title Catalogue

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Alternate title

ESTC (also formerly the Eighteenth Century Short Title Catalogue)

Description

A union catalog of books, serials, pamphlets & other ephemeral materials printed in English speaking countries from the beginning of printing in the British Isles (approximately 1472) through 1800. While it covers primarily English language materials, there is a significant proportion of non-English materials (including materials from other countries, printed in the UK because of censorship at home). Note that it is the single most comprehensive listing of titles from the time periods covered.

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User tools and features

Includes a typical array of advanced searching functions; allows e-mailing, saving or export of saved records.

Dates covered

1472 through 1800.

Updating frequency

Largely complete—new records might be added as more titles are found.

Sources

The Pollard and Redgrave A Short-Title Catalogue of Books Printed in England, Scotland and Ireland and English Books Printed Abroad 1473-1640; the Wing Short-Title Catalogue of Books Printed in England, Scotland and Ireland, Wales and British America and of English Books Printed in Other Countries 1641-1700; and Eighteenth Century Short Title Catalogue, supplemented by holdings information from 2000 additional libraries world-wide

Type of coverage

Bibliographic, with extensive holdings information for print copies and links to digital copies.  Rutgers faculty and students can use the links to connect directly to Early English Books Online (EEBO) and Eighteenth Century Collections Online (ECCO) as long as they are logged in the Rutgers Libraries site.  Researchers needing to examine print copies of the books included will find the holdings information invaluable. 

Print counterpart or
related resources

Pollard and Redgrave’s Short-Title Catalogue of Books Printed in England, Scotland and Ireland and English Books Printed Abroad 1473-1640; Wing’s Short-Title Catalogue of Books Printed in England, Scotland and Ireland, Wales and British America and of English Books Printed in Other Countries 1641-1700.  Related digital resources include Early English Books Online (EEBO) and Eighteenth Century Collections Online (ECCO), but note that while those resources include full-text and image, they do not include all of the titles included in ESTC.  Researchers needing more comprehensive bibliographic coverage should use ESTC

Producer/content provider

The British Library

Vendor/electronic presentation provider

The British Library