Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Law Library Subscribes to Early English Books Online

The Law Library is pleased to announce that we have purchased access to Early English Books Online (EEBO). A description of this database is included below. You can access it from on or off campus using this link from our page of databases.

Digitized directly from the UMI Early English Books collection in microform, Early English Books Online™ (EEBO) presents classic early English works as they appeared in their original format. Users can see exactly what the first printed edition of the Canterbury Tales looked like or compare Shakespeare's quartos, page by page. Now in electronic format, this vast body of retrospective material can be searched quickly and efficiently by a broad base of users, from undergraduates to scholars. EEBO opens new avenues for research in a variety of academic disciplines. The collection currently has nearly 127,000 texts beginning with the earliest printed works in the English language.

Works are drawn from these exhaustive bibliographies and collections of the period:
The Short-Title Catalogue I (Pollard & Redgrave, 1475 - 1640)
The Short-Title Catalogue II (Wing, 1641 - 1700)
The Thomason Tracts, a compendium of broadsides on the English Civil War printed between 1640 and 1661
The Early English Books Tract Supplements