Early English Books Online

UH Manoa has just received a trial version of Early English Books Online, a literary, cultural, and political resource vital to the study of early modern Europe. EEBO offers online access to over 125, 000 texts printed between 1473 and 1700. It is crucial for studying the cultural contexts  of Shakespeare and his contemporaries, from political pamphlets and cheap print to the earliest texts of plays and poems. The database is fully searchable, so it radically enlarges the texts that our undergraduate and graduate students have ready access to. It is also important to enable our faculty to stay current with their own research, because it has already been adopted by universities and colleges across the country.

We now have an opportunity to bring this valuable resource to UH. The trial period for EEBO runs through November 15, 2012. Since the final purchase after this trial will be influenced by its widespread use, we urge everyone to familiarize themselves with it and to incorporate it as much as possible into their scholarship and teaching. Ross Christensen, the Humanities Librarian at Hamilton Library, will be holding a workshop on EEBO on Wednesday, Sept. 19 at 3pm in Kuykendall 410. He will be joined by Dawn Devine, a representative from Proquest (which owns EEBO), who will be giving a comprehensive presentation on this resource. In addition to demonstrating its use, the workshop will explore sample assignments that can introduce students to the database.

You can access EEBO through the E-Resources & Databases link on the UHM Library home page (http://library.manoa.hawaii.edu/). After clicking the link, type EEBO into the search box and conduct the search. Click on the title, Early English Books Online (EEBO), until you access the EEBO web page.

EEBO is projected as a one-time extraordinary purchase rather than coming out of normal operating expenses. We may not have another chance like this to bring our early modern collections–and our student andfaculty resources–in line with those of our peer institutions. Hence we need to gather as much support as possible for this database over the next two months. We look forward to seeing you at the workshop on September 19. In the meantime, if you have any questions, please contact one or both of us.

Urvashi Chakravarty (urvashic@hawaii.edu) and Val Wayne (vwayne@hawaii.edu)

Department of English