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  • The Reading Experience Database (RED), 1450-1945
    Also known as UK-RED. An open-access database containing over 30,000 searchable records documenting the history of reading in Britain from 1450 to 1945. Entries are drawn from published and unpublished sources as diverse as diaries, commonplace books, memoirs, sociological surveys, and criminal court and prison records. An extraordinarily rich resource, and quite possibly one of a kind.
  • Mapping the Republic of Letters
    A collaborative, interdisciplinary, and international project in the digital humanities, centered at Stanford University. Presents visualizations that analyze “big data” relating to the world of early-modern scholars, with a focus primarily on their correspondence, travel, and social networks. The project makes use of quantitative metrics while retaining a committment to the qualitative methods of the humanities.
  • Universal Short Title Catalogue (USTC) Project  
      
    A collective database of all books published in Europe between the invention of printing and the end of the sixteenth century. Covers the printed book output of Britain, France, Italy, and Germany.
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