Think it would be cool to be able to access books printed before 1700?
Now you can.
Students and faculty can now
browse, read, mark up, download and mine thousands of texts originally printed
from 1473 to 1700 in the United Kingdom and elsewhere using the Early English Books Online (EEBO)
database that's now available through OSU Libraries.
the Early English Books Online collection is as easy as typing “EEBO” in the
search box on the Libraries homepage at http://osulibrary.oregonstate.edu and logging in with your OSU
first book published in English through the age of Spenser and Shakespeare,
this incomparable collection contains more than 130,000 titles and more than 17
million scanned pages. Scholars have long treasured this collection, and now
it’s accessible online.
thrilled that we are finally able to offer EEBO to the faculty and students of
Oregon State University,” says Laurel Kristick, Collection Assessment and
Science Librarian at OSU Libraries. “We‘ve been working on this for almost
a decade and finally had the donor funds we needed to purchase it.”
The EEBO database
now contains page images of virtually every work printed in England, Ireland,
Scotland, Wales and British North America and works in English printed
elsewhere from 1473–1700. In addition to English, EEBO covers more than 30
languages from Algonquin to Welsh. More than 200 libraries worldwide have
contributed to the EEBO collection.
covers science, literature, philosophy, politics, religion, geography and all
other areas of human endeavor, including topics from sword fighting to
witchcraft and gardening manuals. The collections have been most widely used by
scholars of English, linguistics and history, although these resources also
include core texts in art, women’s studies, the history of science, education, religious
studies, math, law and music.
following are but a small sampling of the authors whose works are included:
Erasmus, Shakespeare, King James I, Marlowe, Galileo, Caxton, Chaucer, Malory,
Boyle, Newton, Locke, More, Milton, Spenser, Bacon, Donne, Hobbes, Purcell,
Behn and Defoe.
Besides browsing and reading through these early English books, users can search
through the entire corpus. Searching for keywords and themes is possible
because the text has been encoded with Extensible Markup Language (XML). To
accompany the page images, accurate transcriptions have been created of many
thousands of the works in order to aid researchers of all levels.