Reading Experience Database

How to search: RED version 2.0 has now been released. You can search the contents of the database using a general keyword search by selecting the 'basic' search tab. Alternatively, by selecting the 'advanced' search tab you can perform a more targetted search by completing any or as many as necessary of the fields listed. More search and export options will be available with the release of version 3 during summer 2009. For further information and searching tips, please visit our FAQs page. If you encounter any recurring technical problems, wish to provide feedback, or notice an error in our data, please contact us.

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Advanced Search

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Keyword (in Evidence)

(To search for words contained in the evidence of the reading experience only. For further clarification, please visit our FAQs page.)

Century of Experience
1450-1499 1500-1599 1600-1699 1700-1799
1800-1849 1850-1899 1900-1945  
Reader / Listener / Reading Group
Search this in:    Reader    Listener    Reading Group
male female  
Child (0-17) Adult (18-100+)  


economic group

Servant Labourer (agricultural)
Labourer (non-agricultural) Clerk / tradesman / artisan / smallholder
Clergy (includes all denominations) Professional / academic / merchant / farmer
Gentry Royalty / aristocracy
Other (please specify):  
  Country of Origin
Text Being Read

Genre(s) / Subject matter(s)

Bible Sermon Other Religious Classics
Fiction Drama Essays / Criticism History
Poetry Children's Lit Social Science Heraldry
Biography Autobiog / Diary Geography / Travel Politics
Philosophy Education Sport / Leisure Crafts
Textbook / self-education Conduct books Law Science
Arts / architecture Cookery Medicine Ephemera
Mathematics Technology Emblem book
Natural history Miscellany / Anthology Astrology / alchemy / occult
Agriculture / horticulture / husbandry Reference / General works
Other (please specify):
  Form of text
Print     Select below or click Any Print    
Advertisement Book Broadsheet Form
Handbill Newspaper Pamphlet Poster
Serial / periodical Ticket Unknown
Manuscript     Select below or click Any Manuscript    
Codex Graffito Letter Unknown
Pamphlet Roll Sheet
  Any known publication details
e.g. year, edition, publisher, translation
Borrowed (circulating library) Found Subscription Library
Borrowed (institution library) Owned Unknown
Borrowed (private library) Read in situ  
Borrowed (public library) Reading group  
Borrowed (other) Stolen  
Reading Experience
Time of Experience of Reader / Listener
Morning Afternoon Evening
Daytime Night  
Country of Experience of Reader / Listener
Places of Experience County
  Other "places of experience":
  First, enter text you want to search: other places:
  Second, select which of the four you want to search:


Specific address

Location in dwelling

Other location

  This search will give you records that match all the text you enter here and the check boxes you tick; for example, if you a) enter "london" in County, enter "high street" in "other places" and tick b) "Specific address" and c) "Other location", only records that have "london" in County and "high street" in both "specific address" and "other location" will be listed in the results page (which probably will be none).


Reading Experience Database version 2.0.  Page updated: 27th Apr 2016  3:15pm (GMT)