E-Books are easy at the Oxford Libraries!

27 July 2007

horsham_dragonOxford University Library Services is pleased to announce that two electronic databases, Early English Books Online (EEBO) and Eighteenth-Century Collections Online (ECCO), are now fully integrated with OLIS, Oxford University’s online catalogue (http://library.ox.ac.uk/). The bibliographic records for all 240,000 items have been loaded into OLIS, giving readers in Oxford an exceptionally powerful search facility across the entire collection. Readers can choose between viewing the original works and linking straight into the electronic full text. The service also provides full-text searching capability and 24/7 remote access from the researcher’s desktop.

Early English Books Online (http://eebo.chadwyck.com/search) provides access to over 125,000 titles published in English between 1473 and 1700. It reproduces the works listed in Pollard and Redgrave's Short Title Catalogue (1475-1640), Wing's Short Title Catalogue (1641-1700), and the Thomason Tracts (1640-1661). EEBO allows the user to search the bibliographic citations, browse the digital images of every page online and download the digital images in PDF format for more extensive viewing and printing. Full text searching is enabled within 25,000 books which have been encoded by the Text Creation Partnership, of which Oxford is a partner.

Among the works that can be accessed via EEBO are editions of Chaucer's Canterbury Tales, popular scientific tracts such as Nicholas Culpeper's The English Physician (1652), and the 1549 edition of the Book of Common Prayer, as well as abstracts and copies of Royal letters and proclamations.

Eighteenth Century Collections Online (http://galenet.galegroup.com/servlet/ECCO?locID=oxford) is a comprehensive multi-disciplinary library containing 150,000 titles and editions published between 1701 and 1800. It includes every significant English language title and foreign language title printed in Great Britain during the eighteenth century, as well as thousands of important works published in the Americas. ECCO is based on the English Short Title Catalogue and it consists of books, directories, sheet music, pamphlets and advertisements. The database provides access to digital images and full text searching which spans over 30 million pages.

Included are the works of literary authors such as Eliza Haywood, Pope, Swift and Lady Mary Wortley Montagu; and the earliest editions of Lyrical Ballads (1798). Major texts of the Enlightenment are also available. Mary Wollstonecraft, David Hume, Edmund Burke, and Edward Gibbons’ History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire. This collection also gives access to some important printed primary source materials e.g. Statutes at Large or Wolfe Tone: An Address to the People of Ireland (1796).

Alice Keller, Head of Collection Management, Oxford University Library Services, said: "Readers in Oxford have access to several hundred thousand e-books, but it is has not always been easy to discover them. The integration of EEBO and ECCO records into the library catalogue is a very important step to bring these resources closer to the reader and enable seamless access to print and digital collections."

  • Earlier this year, another electronic database, Making of the Modern World, containing 61,000 records was loaded into OLIS.
  • The Text Creation Partnership is an exceptional project which aims to create structured digital text editions for a significant portion of the Short Title Catalog of Early English books published between 1473 and 1700. It brings together The University of Michigan, the University of Oxford, the Council on Library and Information Resources (CLIR), and ProQuest Information and Learning.
Back to top