Provided below is a list of resources for conducting research in early modern subjects. It is divided into two categories: "UConn community," which highlights materials available through University Libraries; and "Public," which lists open and non-paywall restricted resources.

UConn Community


Access to the following resources requires log-in with UConn credentials; as such, the links provided below are to the "Details" page on the UConn Libraries' website and not to the database itself

Dictionary of Irish Biography, Cambridge

 ( Covers ancient to modern.


Dictionary of National Biography, Oxford

( An illustrated collection of 50,000 specially written biographies of the men and women who shaped all aspects of Britain's past, from the fourth century BC to the year 2000. 4th century BC-2000.

Early English Books Online

( Virtually every work printed in England, Ireland, Scotland, Wales and British North America and works in English printed elsewhere.

Eighteenth Century Collections Online

( Full-text of over 150,000 books published during the 18th Century.


English Drama

( Access to more than 3,900 plays in verse and prose from the late thirteenth century to the early twentieth.


( essential repository of scholarly articles across disciplines.

Oxford English Dictionary

( Full-text of 20-volume Second Edition of the Oxford English Dictionary.

State Papers Online: Early Modern Government in Britain and Europe

( Digital archive that gathers together 3 million pages of British State Papers (1509-1714), linking these rare historical manuscripts to their fully text-searchable calendars. Shines a light on 200 years of British and European history. 1509-1714. 



The following resources are open access

Bardic Poetry Database

( project of the The Dublin Institute for Advanced Studies, offers transcriptions to Early Modern Irish compositions and search engine.

Folger Institute Early Modern Manuscripts Online

( information on paleography, the EMMO project, etc.

Irish Script On Screen

( project of the Royal Irish Academy and Dublin Institute for Advanced Studies; high-quality images of Irish manuscripts covering medieval to modern.

The National Archives (UK) paleography

( introduction to reading manuscripts, graded tutorials and even a game.