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Text Creation Partnership Boosts Functionality of EEBO

Campus Community Update #235

April 15, 2009

Text Creation Partnership Boosts Functionality of EEBO

The University Library's recent acquisition of Early English Books Online (EEBO) brought a remarkable and powerful research tool to CSULB scholars. It contains virtually every work printed in England or in the English language between 1473 and 1700, over 125,000 books. It supports research in literature, religion, exploration, philosophy, politics, law, medicine, science, and the arts with full-image documents that are fully searchable from any web-enabled computer.

CSULB Library joins a select group of TCP members

The Text Creation Partnership (TCP) is an independent, but related program of the University of Michigan, The Council on Library and Information Resources, and ProQuestTMto create structured SGML/XML text editions for a significant portion of the Short Title Catalog of Early English Books, thus making them easier to read and fully searchable by keyword. The TCP will create 25,000 searchable and readable editions that link immediately to the corresponding EEBO image files. In combination, the text and image editions of these works provide a powerful research and instructional tool of unquestioned enduring value.

To get an idea of what TCP can do, compare the fully searchable, easily readable TCP text on the left with the original page image for the same scene on the right, below:

Libraries that are TCP members also enjoy advanced search options shown here:

In its support of the TCP, CSULB Library joins prestigious institutions worldwide: Harvard, Duke, Johns Hopkins, Oxford, Rutgers, Stanford, and four UC campuses.

Read more about the TCP at