Trial access: Global commodities

The Library has a number of e-resources trials running at the moment and this includes trial access to the fascinating primary source database Global Commodities: Trade Exploration & Cultural Exchange from Adam Matthew Digital. Using a range of visual, manuscript and printed materials sourced from libraries, companies and trade organisations worldwide this database allows you to explore the history of fifteen major commodities and to examine the ways that these have changed the world.

You can access the database via the E-resources trials page. Access is available both on and off-campus.

Trial access ends 13th February 2017.


The fifteen commodities explored in this resource are:

  • Chocolate
  • Coffee
  • Cotton
  • Fur
  • Opium
  • Oil
  • Porcelain
  • Silver and gold
  • Spices
  • Sugar
  • Tea
  • Timber
  • Tobacco
  • Wheat
  • Wine and spirits

Digitised material in the database include historical maps, business accounts, statistical records associated with global trade and commerce, including prices current, bills and entry and trade returns, mercantile papers and correspondence, dock records, advertising memorabilia and ephemera and much more.

The database can be accessed for the duration of the trial period via e-resources trials.
Access available until 13th February 2017.
Feedback welcome.

Access is only available to current students and staff at University of Edinburgh.

Caroline Stirling – Academic Support Librarian for History, Classics and Archaeology