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Early English Books Online (EEBO): Tips for Using



Basic Search

Example: Find works describing volcanoes.

  1. Click the Basic link.
  2. Type volcan* into the Keyword box. Use the truncation symbol * to find plurals and spelling variations. Or, click Select from a list to browse various term spellings. Because most works are not written in Modern English, this is a useful feature.
  3. You may further limit your search by using a variety of search limiters, including:
    Limit by Date: Choose specific or general dates.
    Limit To: Use this drop-down to limit your search to results with scanned images (over 127,000 records) or keyed full-text (over 25,000 records).
  4. Click Search to run the search.

Advanced Search

Example: Find the play Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare.

  1. Click the Advanced link.
  2. Type Shakespeare in the Author Keyword box.
  3. Type “Romeo and Juliet” in the Title Keyword box. Note the usage of the quotation marks. You should include quotation marks to search a phrase which includes a Boolean operator (AND, OR, or NOT).
  4. Click Search to run the search. You see the Search Results page.
  5. Select Earliest publication first from the Sort menu, then click Go to find the first version printed.

Full-Text Searching

EEBO's Text Creation Partnership (TCP) is creating SGML coding for the full text of thousands of EEBO works so users can search the full ASCII text of the documents and view both the text and the corresponding original page images. Presently more than 25,000 texts have been keyed and encoded and are now fully searchable. The TCP is working on encoding many more thousands of records. In search results, any result summary with "TCP Full Text" is full-text searchable.screenshot of summary entry of Romeo and Juliet, showing "TCP Full Text" link under the summary, in addition to pdf.