Early English Books Online (EEBO) will eventually contain digitized versions of all of the titles listed in the following reference sources: Pollard & Redgrave's A Short-Title Catalogue of Books Printed in England, Scotland, & Ireland and of English Books Printed Abroad, 1475-1640 ("STC I") and Donald Wing's A Short-Title Catalogue of Books Printed in England, Scotland, Ireland, Wales, and British America, and of English Books Printed in Other Countries, 1641-1700 ("STC II")
EEBO also will include the contents of another microfilm collection, Thomason Tracts, which contains more than 22,000 broadsides ranging from political speeches to religious tracts to newspaper stories from the period 1640-60. Altogether, EEBO will contain over 125,000 titles, covering a broad range of subjects such as literature, history, music, art, linguistics, and religion. As of 2004, most of STC I and STC II have been completed. Works in this collection are presented as images, which may be viewed online, or downloaded in PDF format for viewing off-line. The page images have been digitized from microfilm. Full text is not searchable, but searches can be performed by Author, Title, Printer, Publication date, Type of illustration, and Library of Congress subject heading. No plugins are required to view images online; documents are available in Acrobat portable document format (pdf).
Dates: Books printed in England and in English 1475-1700