We regret to inform users that this resource is no longer available. The site has been withdrawn as the technologies which it is built with have reached end-of-life.

An archived version of the site is available at https://wayback.archive-it.org/org-467/20191002090504/http://www.bodley.ox.ac.uk/ilej/

Last update to original site:

Date withdrawn:
1 April 2020

Please contact digitalsupport@bodleian.ox.ac.uk with any questions.

Acccessing online copies of the journals and magazines

Digitized versions of the journals and magazines originally hosted on ILEJ can be accessed through the following providers:

Gentleman's Magazine

The Annual Register

Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society

Notes and Queries

The Builder

Blackwood's Edinburgh Magazine

Preface from the original site: What is ILEJ?


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 20-year runs were considered the minimum to provide a critical mass of material as perceived by the user. This core may be expanded by the addition of longer runs and/or other titles within the resources available. The project explored variables in the digitisation, retrieval and display processes which could affect both cost of image and index creation and the acceptability to the user. The variables were:

Information was gathered on who used the service, how frequently and for what purposes and on the acceptability of images and indexes to users. The intended outcome was firm evidence and recommendations on the technological, economic and user acceptability aspects of digitisation which could serve as a basis for the development of a national digitisation programme for out-of-copyright journals.

Papers on ILEJ