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Curated by Amilia Gillies with additions from Ségolène Gence


This page is in its early stages of development - resource suggestions from you are most welcome.


The MEMSLib team are working together to compile a comprehensive list of research software resources which scholars in all disciplines are increasingly finding to be valuable tools.


These resources, curated with scholars of medieval and early modern studies in mind, are being collated in response to the exciting developments in the ever-growing field of digital humanities. 

Storing and Managing Research

These resources can be used to collate and organise photographs and scans, reading lists and online texts.

Calibre is free online tool which enables the comprehensive management of ebooks and digital texts.

Obsidian is a platform, free for personal use, which enables one to store, manage and create links between research notes and ideas.

Tropy is a free and open-access tool which enables researchers to upload, organise and annotate research photos.

Zotero is a tool, free to download, which helps researchers organise and annotate reading lists and texts, and cite research.

Storing Images
Analysing Texts and Collections

English Short Title Catalogue (ESTC) lists over 80,000 items published between 1473 and 1800, providing the number of surviving versions, their physical locations and publication dates.​

Google Ngram Viewer is an online tool used to chart the frequencies of word or phrase usage in printed sources published from 1500 onwards.

Hathi Trust Research Centre (HTRC) enables computational analysis of the HathiTrust corpus. Cutting-edge software tools and cyberinfrastructure combine to help researchers deal with huge amounts of digital text.

Open-Access Ebook Collections

Directory of Open Access Books is a free discovery service that indexes and provides access to scholarly, peer-reviewed open access books and helps users find trusted open-access book publishers.

Hathi Trust is a non-profit collaborative of academic and research libraries which offers access to over 17 million ebooks and digitised texts.

Internet Archive is a non-profit digital library which provides free access to researchers. Their collection includes 41 million books and texts.

Project Gutenberg is a library of over 70,000 free ebooks and digitised texts.


Digimap is an online map and data delivery service, offering a number of data collections, including Ordnance Survey, historical, geological, LiDAR and marine maps and spatial data. This is available only to members of subscribing higher and further educational institutions in the UK. 

Transkribus is a free platform powered by AI for text recognition, transcription and searching of historical documents. 

Open-Access Ebook Collections
Analysing Texts and Collections


Last updated by Amilia Gillies - 24/07/2023

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