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Early English Books Online  Connect to Early English Books Online
Also known as: EEBO
Access: Internet-delivered database. There are three ways to connect:
   1. from a public computer in the University of Delaware Library
   2. from a University of Delaware campus connection in your dorm, lab, or office
   3. from an off-campus connection (University of Delaware ID required)
Description: Early English Books Online contains about 100,000 of over 125,000 titles listed in Pollard & Redgrave's Short-Title Catalogue of Books Printed in England, Scotland, & Ireland and of English Books Printed Abroad, 1475-1640 (STC I) and Donald Wing's A Short-Title Catalogue of Books Printed in England, Scotland, Ireland, Wales, and British America, and of English Books Printed in Other Countries, 1641 to 1700 (STC II). EEBO also includes the Thomason Tracts, a compendium of broadsides on the English Civil War printed between 1640 and 1661.

EEBO provides unique research opportunities in literature, history, linguistics, religion, art, music, the history of printing, and other disciplines. The collection ranges from single-sheet ballads to the eight folio volumes of St. John Chrysostom. Included are works by Malory, Spenser, Bacon, More, Erasmus, Boyle, Newton, Galileo; musical exercises by Henry Purcell and novels by Aphra Behn; prayer books, pamphlets, and proclamations; and almanacs, calendars, and other primary resources.

Currently, works from the following collections and units are available online:
  • Early English Books I (Pollard & Redgrave, STC I), 1475-1640, Units 1-69
  • Early English Books II (Wing, STC II), 1641-1700, Units 1-115
  • the complete Thomason Tract collection of pamphlets, books, newspapers and manuscripts issued from 1640-1661
  • The Tract Supplement collection is not currently available in EEBO. Scanning of this collection will begin in 2006.
  • Scanning remaining STC I and STC II titles will take place from 2005-2007.
Coverage: 1475-1700
Notes: Bibliographic records for each of the titles included in Early English Books Online are in DELCAT.
Permitted Uses: Terms and Conditions
Output Formats:

The works in EEBO are presented as images, which may be viewed online, or downloaded in PDF format for viewing off-line. Citations may be downloaded in short, full, BibTeX, Endnote, or Procite format.

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Software Requirements: To view PDF documents, you will need Adobe® Reader®.
Related Resources:

EEBO is the electronic equivalent of the Early English Books, 1475-1640, the Early English Books, 1641-1700, and the Thomason Tracts microform collections (Microfilm S 1, Microfilm S 1.5, and Microfilm no. 2379 respectively).

EEBO is really a complement to the microfilm collections. The online digitized images were scanned from the microfilm. Higher-resolution images are available in the microfilm editions.

For the later period, see Eighteenth Century Collections Online.

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This page is maintained by Erin Daix, Collection Development Department.

Last modified: 05/16/14