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Early English Books Online (EEBO): Sample Searches

Link to Early English Books Online (EEBO)

Please note that the link below will only work if you are authenticated to EEBO.

Sample Searches

The examples below illustrate the kinds of searches you can build using operators and fields.


1) Find the Canterbury Tales written by Geoffrey Chaucer.

  • Type Canterbury tales in the Keyword box.
  • Type Chaucer in the Author Keyword box (or use the Select from a List link).
  • Click Search.

2) Find works about herbal remedies.

  • Type herb* and remed* in the Keyword box.
  • Use truncation to find herb, herbs, herbal, herbalist, etc.
  • Click Search.

3) Find various Subject Keywords relating to the Brain.

  • Click on Select from a List next to the Subject Keyword box.
  • Type brain and click Look For.
  • Click on Brain--Anatomy--Early works to 1800. Then click OK.
  • Click Search.
  • View the Illustrations within your results list to see early medical diagrams.



1) Find early works printed by William Caxton, the first English printer.

  • Type Caxton in the Imprint box and click Search. 
  • Sort by Earliest Publication First.

2) Find a map of Massachusetts.

  • Type Massachusetts in the Keyword box.
  • Scroll down to the Illustration Type box.
  • Click Map to highlight the term, then click Search.

3) What works were printed in Algonquin, a Native American Language?

  • Scroll down to the Language field.
  • Click on Algonquin to highlight the term, then click Search.

4) Other interesting topics to search.

  • Magna Carta
  • Atlas
  • Pirate*
  • Housewi*
  • Nautical
  • Microscop*