English Historical Documents

EHD bannerFollowing the recent trial, the ebooks team are pleased to announce that the University Library has acquired Routledge’s English Historical Documents complete collection online on permanent access.

You can link to the collection from here and it is available both on and off campus (with a Raven login).

Catalogue records will be added to LibrarySearch as soon as possible.

The EHD is a key History resource that fulfils both teaching and research needs.  EHD comprises a collection of over 5,500 rare primary source documents in British history (500 AD to 1914).  It also includes American Colonial Documents to 1776.  Previously EHD existed in print volumes that have now been converted to an online resource, with value added from full text searching and indexing and classification by the Institute of Historical Research using the historical thesaurus developed by the Royal Historical Society for its Bibliography of British and Irish History (also available for University of Cambridge users).  The content includes “treaties, statutes, declarations, government and cabinet proceedings, military dispatches, orders, acts, sermons, newspaper articles, pamphlets, personal and official letters, and diaries. Each section of documents and many of the documents themselves are accompanied by editorial commentary. The sources cover a wide spectrum of topics, from political and constitutional issues to social, economic, religious as well as cultural history.”


English Historical Documents online – free trial

EHD iconUniversity of Cambridge users can now access Routledge’s English Historical Documents (EHD) online for a trial period. Launched in November 2013, this online resource contains over 5,500 indexed and fully searchable key primary documents on British History from 12 volumes, spanning over 1400 years. The collection includes the out of print American Colonial Documents to 1776, edited by Merrill Jensen, and Dorothy Whitelock’s Volume 1, 500 – 1042, critical for those studying Anglo-Saxon literature and history.

Content can be explored by subject, date, people and places. Users can create their own personalised login where they may highlight and annotate documents, bookmark entries, save and manage searches. Documents can be opened as PDFs and printed, downloaded, shared, and cited.

Anglo Saxon chronicleAccess to this trial is available on campus and from off campus from this link. You will need to login with a Raven username and password when away from Cambridge, then click on shibboleth to take you into the full-text content.

Trial access will end on Monday the 17th February. If you think this online collection is valuable and useful for your studies please send your comments to the ebooks@cambridge team on ebooks@lib.cam.ac.uk. If you don’t like the platform or find it difficult to use, please contact us to tell us why.