25,000 early English books released online (open access)
03 February 2015Via a joint venture between Proquest, University of Michigan Library and Bodleian Libraries at the University of Oxford (with funding from ProQuest, Jisc and a collective of libraries) the full text of more than 25,000 titles from the Early English Books Online (EEBO) database are now available to the public, fully searchable, and open access.
"From Shakespeare and Milton to little-known books about witchcraft, cookery and sword fighting, this rich data set comprises fully-searchable text files that can be read online or downloaded in a variety of formats.
This corpus of electronic texts has been created and released by the Early English Books Online Text Creation Partnership (EEBO-TCP), an international collaboration among universities, funders and ProQuest, an information company central to global research. Previously, the texts were only available to users at academic libraries involved in the partnership but the data was released into the public domain on 1 January." (excerpt from Bodleian libraries press release http://www.bodleian.ox.ac.uk/news/2015/jan-27 ).
Access this fantastic resource here.
Want to see the pictures too? The UC library has a full subscription to EEBO - a database of digital facsimile images of "virtually every work printed in England, Ireland, Scotland, Wales and British North America and works in English printed elsewhere from 1473-1700" (http://eebo.chadwyck.com/home).
More information at:
Proquest Press release
University of Michigan Press release
Bodleian Library Press release