Early Modern Resources

Early Modern Resources is a research portal for the early modern period (c.1500-1800 CE). It lists websites that are free to access and focuses on high-quality resources that are suitable for advanced research, study and teaching.

EMR is my oldest extant online project. It began in 2000, as a single page of links in a website I set up early in my PhD, in hosting space provided by my university. The early modern resources rapidly developed their own identity, outgrew everything else, and found their own home in 2002. In 2012, the site was overhauled; dead links and lower-quality material were weeded out and a more selective policy instituted to focus on high-quality content – primarily primary sources – for research and teaching.

In its early days the site was a collection of static HTML pages which rapidly became difficult to manage and keep updated. Since 2005 it has used WordPress as a CMS/database. It gave me my first introduction to writing HTML, styling webpages with CSS, and later on it got me started on web databases and hacking PHP.