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About Early English Books Online (EEBO)

Why and how to use Early English Books Online (EEBO)

Why use this resource? Provides searchable access to over 130,000 literary and historical works (printed in England, Ireland, Scotland, Wales, British North America, and works in English printed elsewhere from 1473-1700), listed in four collections:  Pollard & Redgrave's Short-Title Catalogue (1475-1640), Wing's Short-Title Catalogue (1641-1700) and their revised editions, the Thomason Tracts (1640-1661) collection, and the Early English Books Tract Supplement.

What's in this resource? Full-text books, pamphlets, newspapers, sermons, statutes, ballads and carols, etc. Images may be searched within the documents.


Dates of Coverage 1473-1700
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