ILEJ, the "Internet Library of Early Journals" was a joint project by the Universities of Birmingham, Leeds, Manchester and Oxford, conducted under the auspices of the eLib (Electronic Libraries) Programme. It aimed to digitise substantial runs of 18th and 19th century journals, and make these images available on the Internet, together with their associated bibliographic data. The project finished in 1999, and no additional material will be added. See Final Report for conclusions of the project.
The core collection for the project are runs of at least 20 consecutive years of:
Three 18th-century journals Three 19th-century journals
The Annual Register
Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society
Notes and Queries
Blackwood's Edinburgh Magazine
This full text library of early journals includes all of the articles printed in the journal Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society (United Kingdom National Academy of Science) from 1757 to 1777. Researchers will find here articles on the history of biology, technology, physics, electicity, botany, zoology, chemistry, medicine, anatomy, astronomy, and other scientific subjects. Also included are full text versions of "The Builder" (1843-52) a British journal for engineers and archictes. All pages are electronically stored as PDF files and thus are not individually searchable. Searches can be done by author, title or subject for various articles in the database. Other full text journals here include the Annual Register (which often includes a section on Natural History), Blackwell's, Gentleman's Magazine, and Notes and Queries.