Scope and Coverage:

This database covers all books published in England, Scotland, Wales, Ireland, and the United States between 1475 and 1700.  The database features novels, musical exercises, prayer books, pamphlets, proclamations, almanacs, calendars, and a variety of other primary sources.  EEBO?s collection currently includes approximately 106,000 of the more than 125,000 titles featured in the following print resources:

Pollard & Redgrave's Short-Title Catalogue  (1475-1640)
Wing's Short-Title Catalogue  (1641-1700)  and the revised editions
Thomason Tracts  (1640-1661)
Early English Books Tract Supplement  (16th-17th centuries)

EEBO includes full citations for books as well as digital facsimiles from the Early English Books microfilm project.  EEBO and the Text Creation Partnership (TCP) are in the process of adding both keyed full text and page images for more than 25,000 EEBO works.  TCP member institutions currently have access to nearly 5,000 encoded texts that are fully searchable.  Users at IUB can access full text documents both in EEBO and in the related database Early English Books Online Text Creation Partnership (EEBO TCP). 



Go to the IUB Libraries Find Information page:  ?pageId=16

Search for EEBO or Early English Books Online
From Databases A to Z, select E and scan the page  for Early English Books Online 


Can browse alphabetical list of all authors (more than 20,000 total)
Can also browse alphabetical list of all authors whose work is available in full text (nearly 2,500 total)

Basic Search:

Can search by general keyword(s), author keyword(s), title keyword(s), subject keyword(s),  bibliographic number (from Pollard and Redgrave, Wing, or the Thomason Tracts)
Can select keywords from lists
Can limit search to a specific date range
Can limit search to keyed full text only
Can connect search terms with Boolean operators (and, or, not) and proximity operators (near, fby)
Can use the ?exact? operator to find only items that exactly match the search terms
Can search for variations on search terms by using truncation with the * (asterisk) symbol

Advanced Search:

Can search for keyword(s) within full text records
Can limit full text  search to a particular type of text (e.g., prose, verse, letters, sermons, recipes)  or to a particular part of a text (e.g., tables of contents, prefaces, notes, bylines)
In addition to searching by author, title, and subject keyword(s), users can also search by imprint (e.g., New York, Caxton), by reel position in the microfilm version, by illustration type (e.g., map, chart), by UMI Collection (Pollard and Redgrave, Wing, or the Thomason Tracts), source library, and language
Allows Boolean operators, proximity operators, truncation, and the ?exact? operator


Results List:

Results are arranged alphabetically by author
Can choose to display 20, 30, or 50 records per page
Each entry consists of an abbreviated citation with author, title, date, bibliographic name/number, number of pages, and source library
Each citation is accompanied by icons that indicate the type of information available for the item in question; icons are provided for full citations, document images, illustrations,  and full text
Clicking on the citation icon (a small card with a folded edge) takes users to the full citation, clicking on the icon for document images (a small camera) takes users to the page images that are available for that book, and so forth
Can refine initial search by clicking on Refine Search link in the upper right-hand corner of the results screen
When searching for a particular word within full text records, each record in the results list includes a link called Context of Matches, which lists the lines in which that word appears; each line serves as a link to the section of the text that features the word

Search History:

Click on Search History from the black toolbar at the top of the page
EEBO saves previous searches and allows users to re-execute, refine, or combine searches

Viewing Full Text Works:

To view the full text of a document, click on the full text icon (a long page of writing with a folded corner) next to the record in the results list
Users can either download the entire text or search the table of contents (when available) to download a smaller chunk of the work
Includes both the keyed full text and images of each page
Users can choose to view either the keyed full text with links to page images or just page images
Page images can be enlarged up to 400% and printed
Users can adjust each page by zooming, re-centering, or manually adjusting page position in the viewing window
In the page image view, users can skip to previous and next pages; users can also input an image number to find a specific page

Viewing Illustrations:

Works not available in full text often have a number of document images or illustrations
To view a list of available illustrations, click on the illustrations icon (a small quill tip) in the results list
Can view illustrations as thumbnails or text links
In some cases, can choose to view only certain types of images (e.g., printers marks, title page borders, charts, coats of arms, portraits) 

Marking, Saving, and Printing Records:

Can mark records by checking the box next to the record in the results list; users can also add records to their lists from the Full Citation page and the Document Images page
To view saved records, select Marked List from the black toolbar at the top of the page
Can print or e-mail records
Can add personal notes to each record before printing or e-mailing the list
Can download citations in various formats, including those suitable for transfer to EndNote or ProCite
Can also download all images associated with a particular record as a PDF file

Help Feature:

From any page, click on Help? from the black toolbar at the top of the page.  The help entry for that specific page (e.g., Basic Search, Document Images, Marked List) automatically appears.





Guide created by Tara Kaufman

last updated: 5/14/2010