Early English Books Online (EEBO) is now located on the ProQuest platform. When accessing this database, you will notice the familiar ProQuest look & feel and added benefits when using this database.
Early English Books Online features page images of almost every work printed in the British Isles and North America, as well as works in English printed elsewhere from 1470-1700. Over 200 libraries worldwide have contributed to EEBO. From the first book printed in English through to the ages of Spenser, Shakespeare and of the English Civil War, EEBO's content draws on authoritative and respected short-title catalogues of the period and features a substantial number of text transcriptions specially created for the product.
EEBO on the ProQuest platform - Key Benefits
- Newly-enhanced ProQuest platform. The modernized interface will consider the devices users are accessing the platform with, and the display will match the device (large monitors, standard desktops, laptops, tablets and smart phones). The ProQuest platform is also Counter 5 compliant.
Modern research experience, guiding discovery, access and management of content sources. In addition to an overall modern research experience, browsing indexes and book downloading into a PDF will be faster, and post-processing tasks, such as citing, saving and sharing materials into workflow tools is greatly enhanced. Additional benefits include:
- Scholars using EEBO will benefit from multi-faceted search results filters
- Where multiple copies of a given book exist in EEBO (i.e. multiple copies typically originating from different source libraries), a separate record has been created for each individual copy with links provided to each sister copy. Similarly, individual records have been created for each issue within the Thomson Tracts periodicals, again with links provided to each sister issue in the periodical concerned. This has increased the number of items in EEBO from 132,000 to 146,000.
- EEBO (similarly to all other products already on the ProQuest platform) will benefit from future improvements made as part of our ongoing platform development program.
- Librarians no longer have to train staff on a standalone EEBO interface
- Cross-searchable with other entitled ProQuest databases, including Literature Online (LION) and Early European Books (EEB)
- Text Creation Partnership transcriptions included in the new EEBO interface! Over 60,000 EEBO texts, transcribed as part of the Text Creation Partnership project, have been included in the new instance of EEBO! Scholars can consult thumbnail images of each page interleaved with the searchable full text of all transcribed works! Approximately 41% of the entire collection has been transcribed through the Text Creation Partnership project, which completed in 2015.
What's New for EEBO on the ProQuest platform
- Inclusion of TCP full text for all records
- Inclusion of EEBO MARC records for all records
- 146,000 total titles migrated vs 132,000 total titles available on the legacy platform
Early Modern Books
Early English Books Online can be viewed in isolation or as part of Early Modern Books (EMB), which provides an integrated search and browse experience across both Early European Books (EEB) and EEBO. Materials can be searched and/or browsed by the following, amongst other options:
- Country of Publication
- USTC classification
Searching both English printed titles alongside European titles could provide new discoveries of works that have travelled geographically and linguistically across Europe.
EEBO and EMB, alongside any other databases that your institution has access to, are selected via the Change Databases menu in the ProQuest Platform’s main navigation, which appears on every page.
* The above information was taken directly from the ProQuest Guide -- Early English Books Online (EEBO) on the ProQuest Platform
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