Manuscripts Online enables you to search a diverse body of online primary resources relating to written and early printed culture in Britain during the period 1000 to 1500. The resources include literary manuscripts, historical documents and early printed books which are located on websites owned by libraries, archives, universities and publishers.
As described at the project’s web site, Manuscripts Online has not “created any new digital content. Instead, it provides integrated access to electronic content already available on distributed websites. Our search engine does not search these resources directly. Instead, it searches indexes we have created from the full content of each resource.”
Note that some of the resources searched can only be fully accessed with a subscription. The tool will allow users to search these resources and examine snippet results free of charge but does not provide full access.
The UC Libraries have arranged a trial of 19th Century Masterfile, which provides a single access point for over 70 indexes of 19th century newspapers, periodicals, books, and UK and US governement documents. Records in the search results include the UC e-Links button to provide easy access to full-text content that The Library pays for. Other links to resources we may subscribe to (like Readex) or freely available resources (like HathiTrust or Google Books) are also provided.
The trial runs through 3/30/13. Your comments on the resource are welcome. You can leave them here or send them to me at firstname.lastname@example.org.