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Short title catalogues

Short Title Catalogs are indexes that provide basic bibliographic information about and abbreviated titles for early printed materials. Many important STCs cover printed materials from the early modern and medieval periods of several European regions:

English Short Title Catalog (ESTC) - Covers printed materials from the beginning of printing in the British Isles, about 1472, to 1700.

Incunabula Short Title Catalog (ISTC) - Covers materials printed in Europe before 1500. This catalog has over 29,000 titles listed.

Universal Short Title Catalog (USTC) - Covers all books published in Europe between the invention of printing and 1600.

Microfilm Research Collections

Databases: Primary Source Collections, 1550-1800


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The full text of letters and diary entries, often from works that have been previously published as books containing collections of letters or diaries. Use the Browse indexes to find works about specific historical or life events.

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