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Early English Books Online (EEBO) on the ProQuest Platform

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Early English Books Online is now on the ProQuest Platform!

Automatic redirects will direct users of EEBO from the Chadwyck-Healey version to the PQ Platform.

For users of EEBO Chadwyck-Healey: please read the section "Transitioning from EEBO Chadwyck-Healey” in the Support Center article  Early English Books Online Customer Resources.

  • For the latest release details, see  the June 2020 release section

Key new features of EEBO on the ProQuest platform

Key new features of EEBO on the ProQuest platform

  • Inclusion of TCP full texts for over 60,000 EEBO works.
  • 146,000 total titles are available on the ProQuest platform version at the launch, vs the 132,000 total titles available on the legacy platform.
  • ProQuest platform features:
  • ProQuest administration features:
    • Advanced usage reporting capabilities, Richer library branding capabilities and more.
    • Please see these ProQuest Support Center articles for more details.
  • New Cross search EEBO and Early European Books on Early Modern Books
  • Inclusion of EEBO MARC records for all records

Refer to the page Information for the Legacy EEBO users for many more details and documentation

What is Early English Books Online (EEBO)?

From the first book published in English through the age of Spenser and Shakespeare, this incomparable collection now contains more than 146,000 titles listed in Pollard & Redgrave's Short-Title Catalogue (1475-1640) and Wing's Short-Title Catalogue (1641-1700) and their revised editions, as well as the Thomason Tracts (1640-1661) collection and the Early English Books Tract Supplement. Libraries possessing this collection find they are able to fulfill the most exhaustive research requirements of graduate scholars in many subject areas, including English literature, history, philosophy, linguistics, theology, music, fine arts, education, mathematics, and science.

Content Description

  • EEBO consists of facsimile images scanned from the popular Early English Books I (STC), Early English Books II (Wing), Thomason Tracts and Early English Books Tract Supplement microfilm collections (issued by UMI) together with rich descriptive bibliographic metadata containing Library of Congress Subject Headings and copious bibliographic references.
  • Over 60,000 EEBO texts, transcribed as part of the Text Creation Partnership project, have been included in the new instance of EEBO.
  • EEBO contains over 146,000 works comprising more than 17 million pages of rare books.
  • The collection includes works by major authors such as Shakespeare, Malory, Spenser, Bacon, More, Erasmus, Boyle, Newton and Galileo together with a host of less frequently studied writers.
  • The collection includes a wide array of different kinds of historical documents, from Bibles, prayer books, royal statutes, proclamations, and military, religious and other public documents, through to almanacs, musical exercises, calendars, broadsides, periodicals and newsbooks, pamphlets and proclamations.
  • The EEBO Introductions Series provides concise and informative commentaries on some of the less well known texts in EEBO. Each contribution to the series has been prepared by a specialist in the field of early modern studies and offers insights into a range of contextual, bibliographical, and reception-based issues associated with a given EEBO text.

1st English printed book William Caxton

First printed book published in England.

Recueil des histoires de Troie. Lefèvre, Raoul. [704] p. Bruges: Printed by William Caxton and, probably, Colard Mansion, 1473.