The University Library now provides access to Early English Books Online (EEBO)
acquired for the library at the end of FY2013.
This powerful resource contains over 125,000 titles, allowing users to view and search digital facsimiles of virtually every work printed in England, Ireland, Scotland, Wales and British North America and works in English printed elsewhere from 1473-1700. It includes the first book printed in English by William Caxton; early quarto editions of Shakespeare's plays with the renowned First Folio edition of 1623; and the earliest editions of classics such as Chaucer's Canterbury Tales and Malory's Morte d'Arthur.
While we were trialing this resource, faculty members piled on praise for its usefulness for both their research and teaching. Paula McQuade, an Associate Professor in English department, told us that “I cannot emphasis enough how important this resource is to the intellectual development of our students”. Megan Hefferman, a new faculty member in the department, spoke warmly of her experiences using this resource in her previous teaching work, stating that, “When I have used EEBO in my classroom, projecting the site so that we can perform searches and read images together, my classes have been thrilled by the range of texts that they can explore. As a result, they begin to understand themselves not simply as students but as budding scholars conducting substantial research projects.”
We are pleased to offer this valuable resource to our users and hope that it will provide rich material for both teaching and research on our campuses.