Early English Books Online


About Early English Books Online:

Early English Books Online (EEBO) is a database that allows users to browse through scans of early modern texts. EEBO contains digital facsimiles of virtually every work printed in England, Ireland, Scotland, Wales and British North America, as well as numerous texts published between 1473 and 1700 that were printed in a variety of other countries, a total of over 125,000 titles. Many graduate scholars often frequent the site across many different disciplines including English literature, history, philosophy, linguistics, theology, music, fine arts, education, mathematics, and science (EEBO).

How to Navigate EEBO:

– First, you must open up the EEBO site by going through the Stonehill College website; clicking library, online resources, and then Early English Books Online.

– On the EEBO website there are five tabs on the left-hand side available to you.

Tab 1: Search
1. On the left side open the search tab to search for a specific source of literature.
2. In the search page type in the whatever information you have regarding your source. For example, author, keywords, title keywords, bibliographic numbers, etc. This allows you to get more specific sources and it dwindles down the pile of literature to choose from.
3. Once you have placed the necessary information into the search press search and look through the possible lists of literature/pictures given. You can browse them as thumbnails, photos, or as a whole. You can zoom on photos or look at the page as a whole. This really shows the possibilities you have while looking at the online documents.
4. You can create an advanced search on this tab as well by clicking Advanced on the upper left hand side of the page. This search often helps get a smaller number of possible answers when looking for specific works. In this advanced search you are able to search a chunk of time for example 1500-1600 or even a specific year. You are able to search through language, country of origin, illustration type, or UMI collection, etc.

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Tab 2: Browse

1.Click on the Browse tab on the left hand side. This tab gives you the ability to search an author as a whole and look at their works together.
2. Type in the beginning letters of the authors name or the name in its entirety and hit enter.
3.Choose the author that fits your need and browse their works, maybe even getting down to the specific work you need.

Once you’ve found the text you want:

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Tab 3: About EEBO
This tab basically helps answer any questions or solve any issues you may have while browsing on EEBO. You can go on this tab to look at frequently asked questions or to look at basic ideas regarding the site.

Tab 4: Information Resources
This tab is not needed for the class because it is a password protected aspect of the site for librarians and administrators. For our class purposes, this tab can be ignored.

Tab 5: What’s New
This tab is not necessarily needed or used for class purposes either. However, it just lists and shows the new things on the site and the available links of new images and information.


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