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Hi everyone!

We recently added a new databases to our robust holdings: Early English Books Online (EEBO).

This database is awesome in many ways:

• All of the content is scanned images of every page of every English book published from 1473 - 1700. Where EEBO leaves off, Eighteenth Century Collections Online (ECCO) picks up (ECCO has scanned images of every English book published in the 1700s).

• It is useful not only for English majors and scholars looking for the original editions of Chaucer and Shakespeare, but also people researching Philosophy, History, Politics, Cartography, Medicine, Technology, and many other disciplines

• It is a rich resource for original illustrations, maps, portraits, musical scores, tables, and more-- for example, you can find a map of Jerusalem circa 1677, or a portrait of Shakespeare from 1632.

• Its search interface is very usable and has many options for narrowing and refining a search

• And more!


Now let's look at some examples from the database interface

This is the advanced search screen. As you can see, there are many options. This is where you can limit to specific dates, search by author, title, keyword and more, limit to a specific kind of illustration (portrait, map, etc.), and more.

A mention worthy tool on this page is the "variant spelling" box at the very top. This is handy because the English language was not what it is now before 1700. They spelled things differently and inconsistently back then, like "alchymie" or "alchimy" for "alchemy."


This is a sample results page:
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Thumbnail view:
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Single page image view:
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Who do you think you'll suggest this resource to?
Will you be able to use this resource in your own research?


( 4 comments — Leave a comment )
Jan. 11th, 2008 07:12 pm (UTC)
cool a new resource to use
thanks Kelci

Jan. 22nd, 2008 06:15 pm (UTC)
this is great!

Jan. 22nd, 2008 11:55 pm (UTC)
This is seriously the best database ever. I'm so happy the school's added it -- for English majors, it's the ultimate.

Jan. 25th, 2008 05:31 pm (UTC)
This is a really good resource for English majors but I definitely could use it for philosophy.

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