12 July 2012

Discover Europe -- Online!

Europe – so many of ancestors came from there and yet beyond a world history class or two, we probably don’t know that much about our European ancestral lands!  Well, I recently stumbled across two large online collections of material about Europe which are linked to one another.

Designed to meet the needs of the research community worldwide, our online portal offers quick and easy access to the collections of the 48 National Libraries of Europe and leading European Research Libraries.

Users can cross-search and reuse over 9,550,610 digital items and 103,420,869 bibliographic records.

To facilitate further research, links are also provided to other websites in the Europeana group

Europeana is a single access point to millions of books, paintings, films, museum objects and archival records that have been digitised throughout Europe. It is an authoritative source of information coming from European cultural and scientific institutions.
Europeana gives quick and easy access to: over 23 million objects from more than 2200 institutions from 33 countries.

I spent two weeks in Sevilla Spain earlier this year and so was curious to see what came up for this historic city – almost 10,000 hits on Europeana and almost 103,000 on the The European Library site!  Kind of makes me glad I walked the city and saw so much that way!

So, if you are doing any research into Europe or just want to “virtually” travel there from the comfort of your couch, these are a great resources to do so.  

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