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Early English Books Online is live on the ProQuest Platform!
ProQuest is pleased to inform you that Early English Books Online (EEBO) is now live on the ProQuest platform: https://search.proquest.com/eebo.
Note: The current Chadwyck-Healey site will be available through mid-January, 2020.
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With its clean interface and responsive design, the ProQuest platform delivers a modern research experience that guides users’ discovery, access and management of rich, diverse content sources. As a result, Early English Books Online will be more discoverable as users will be able to cross-search its content along with scholarly journals, news, historical documents and other relevant sources.
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Coming Soon: January 2020 release:
- The ability to select “variant spellings and variant forms” will be separated out as follows:
- Bibliographic field: “Bibliographic Number” field will be added more prominently to the Advanced search page as a searchable field and labelled as “Accession/Bibliographic Number” - it will continue to exist within the drop-down menu, where it's currently located.
- First 3 “keyword hit counts in context” will be extended to all sub-sections within the TCP full text on the results page so that users can see how many times within each document the search term has occurred.
Coming in Spring 2020
- Thomason Tracts Browse: We recognize the value of Thomason’s original curated order and will be looking to recreate the old TT browse by volume experience. This will enable individual Thomason volumes to be accessed with the individual parts/items to be displayed in their original numerical order: E. 201 (1), E, 201(2), etc. In the meantime, as a workaround, to get a chronological listing of the Thomason Tracts: from the advanced search page, simply limit by collection and then re-sort results by latest first.
Current Migration Functionality Updates
“Include variant forms/spellings for search terms” option has been added and moved to be more prominently placed beneath the main search box.
This allows a user to include or exclude the variants for the search terms; depending on the institution’s preference setting this will be set to a default state of checked or unchecked.
Once checked, the variants included in your search can be viewed on the search results page in a panel below the search box. In case a user wants to run the same search without variants from the search results then there is a link ‘Search without variants’ in the panel by which the same can be achieved.
Search term navigation/Jump to first hit has been added.
This will allow advancing to the first hit and then onwards to the next hit in the TCP text.
Help page with database specific field codes has been added.
ProQuest Platform MARC records are now available in the ProQuest Administrator Module (PAM).
Steps to take to prepare for Legacy site shutdown:
- You will have until mid-January 2020 to acclimate yourself to Early English Books Online in its new environment! We encourage you to create new bookmarks, update your A-Z list and download new MARC records. You should also update your discovery tools to point your users to the new URL. In January 2020, we will decommission the Early English Books Online legacy URL and redirects will point remaining users of the legacy site to the new version of the product on the ProQuest platform.
- During the dual access period, usage of the legacy Early English Books Online site will still be available from the Administration Resources area of the legacy site (https://eebo.chadwyck.com). Once the legacy site has been turned off, via the redirect to the new instance, ProQuest will keep all legacy usage statistics after the dual access period ends - they will be available through the My Usage site. Once you begin to use the new Early English Books Online on the ProQuest platform, usage statistics pertaining to this new version of the product will be available via the ProQuest Administrator Module (PAM).
- Discovery services – Both Ex Libris PRIMO and SUMMON have enabled the new version on their knowledge bases so they can direct queries to either the legacy or the new site until the end of the dual access period. At the end of the dual access period, the legacy Early English Books Online site will be disabled and customers will have to select the new version of Early English Books Online in their discovery tools.
- All Early English Books Online trials are now available only on the ProQuest Platform.
- State-of-the-art platform. EEBO is now hosted on the ProQuest Platform, which was awarded The Charleston Advisor’s Annual Readers’ Choice Award for Best Interface. It also means that:
- EEBO (similarly to all other products already on the ProQuest platform) will benefit from future improvements made as part of our ongoing platform development program.
- Responsive platform. The modernized interface will consider the devices users are accessing the platform with, and the display will match the device (large monitors, standard desktops, laptops, tablets and smart phones).
- Global Reach. The ProQuest platform user interface is available in 19 different languages to make it easier for non-English scholars to make the best out of the EEBO search options.
- Modern research experience, guiding discovery, access and management of content sources. In addition to an overall modern research experience, users will benefit from the following search enhancements:
- Ability to search using USTC subject classification
- Ability to filter your results post-search using multiple facets such as author, USTC subject classification, place of publication or language
- Ability to see your results over time with the results page histogram
- Ability to see your search terms highlighted in the list of results or the document pages
- Ability to see your search terms in context within the full text directly on the list of results using the Keywords in Context feature
- Ability to email, print, cite or export records directly from the list of results
- Ability to view up to 100 results per page
- Improved content viewing experience. The new platform presents EEBO’s valuable content in the most intuitive and user-friendly way:
- Larger thumbnails for book pages on the Thumbnail view
- Larger images for browse
- Interactive Image Viewer that allows users to zoom, pan, rotate and navigate the books without the need to leave the site
- Better representation of the content. Where multiple copies of a given book exist in EEBO (i.e. multiple copies typically originating from different source libraries), a separate record has been created for each individual copy with links provided to each sister copy. Similarly, individual records have been created for each issue within the Thomason Tracts periodicals, again with links provided to each sister issue in the periodical concerned. This has increased the number of items in EEBO from 132,000 to 146,000.
- Text Creation Partnership transcriptions included in the new EEBO interface! Over 60,000 EEBO texts, transcribed as part of the Text Creation Partnership project, have been included in the new instance of EEBO! Scholars can consult thumbnail images of each page interleaved with the searchable full text of all transcribed works! Approximately 41% of the entire collection has been transcribed through the Text Creation Partnership project, which completed in 2015.
- Related items suggestions. When viewing a document in EEBO the platform will suggest similar related items that might be of interest to the researcher.
- Better post-processing tools. There is a variety of new options available for users that want to export their work, in addition to the features that legacy EEBO offered:
- Faster PDF downloads
- Ability to cite a book in more than 30 different citation styles
- Easy-to-use email and print options
- Ability to export works to Google Drive and Microsoft OneDrive
- Personalization features. The ProQuest platform provides users with a number of additional tools and services if they create a personal My Research account:
- Ability to save records and searches to your personal account for future sessions
- Ability to customize some of the preferences settings when searching EEBO – default sort order, number of results, interface language, spelling variant options, preferred citation style, etc.
- Ability to set up alerts or RSS feeds
- Cross-searchable with other entitled ProQuest databases, including Literature Online (LION) and Early European Books (EEB).
- Search Widgets. Do you want to embed an EEBO search box on your website, blog or LMS? You can do that now by creating a widget from the ProQuest platform. Just take the code that is generated by the platform and paste it into your tool of choice.
- Advanced Usage Reporting capabilities. If you want to get some insights into the usage of EEBO at your library you can do that now more easily:
- There is a larger variety of usage reports available (e.g. searches by search mode)
- You can schedule automatic delivery of usage reports so that you get them via email on your inbox every month
- The ProQuest platform is COUNTER 5 compliant
- Richer library branding capabilities. The ProQuest platform allows administrators to set up 2 different branding images, 2 hyperlinks and an additional block of custom text that will raise the visibility of your library among your users.
- Extended authentication options. More authentication methods are available for those libraries that need a more custom solution to their authentication needs.
- Easy Maintenance. Many of the aspects of maintaining your EEBO subscription are now the same as maintaining your other ProQuest Platform products:
- Librarians no longer have to train staff on a standalone EEBO interface
- You can manage your EEBO and other ProQuest platform databases from the same ProQuest Administrator Module, including usage, authentication methods, interface settings, etc.
Early Modern Books
Early English Books Online can be viewed in isolation or as part of Early Modern Books (EMB), which provides an integrated search and browse experience across both Early European Books (EEB) and EEBO. Materials can be searched and/or browsed by the following, amongst other options:
- Country of publication
- USTC classification
- Page features
Searching both English printed titles alongside European titles could provide new discoveries of works that have travelled geographically and linguistically across Europe.
EEBO and EMB, alongside any other databases that your institution has access to, are selected via the Change Databases menu in the ProQuest Platform’s main navigation, which appears on every page.
Frequently Asked Questions:
- What will happen at the end of the dual access period?
At the end of the dual access period all document-level durable URLs (whether in MARC records, link resolvers, discovery systems, reading lists, course materials, etc.) will be automatically redirected to the new, migrated version of Early English Books Online on the ProQuest platform.
- Will there be new Early English Books Online MARC records o download?
New MARC records will be available for download from the ProQuest Administrator Module (PAM). The only update to the records as result of the migration will be the 856 field (the URL). Even if the re-directs will ensure users are taken to the correct book, it is advisable that customers of Early English Books Online download new MARC records pertaining to the new version of Early English Books Online on the ProQuest platform to replace their existing legacy site MARC records at some point.
- What will happen if we do nothing, if we don’t update the existing Early English Books Online MARC records?
Once the dual access period comes to an end, redirects will resolve any legacy site bookmarked pages to the new platform version of Early English Books Online. Even if catalogue records are not updated, the links they contain to the legacy Early English Books Online site will be automatically redirected to the relevant Early English Books Online records in the new version on the ProQuest platform.
- What would be the advantage of updating records when they are available?
The advantage of updating the records early is that an institution can choose to point patrons to the new ProQuest Platform version of Early English Books Online immediately, rather than waiting for redirects to kick in at the end of the dual access period.
- What will happen at the end of the dual access period?
At the end of the dual access period all document-level durable URLs contained in existing Early English Books Online MARC records will be automatically redirected to the new, migrated version of Early English Books Online on the ProQuest platform.
- What will happen to Early English Books Online bookmarks?
There will be an automatic redirect at the end of the dual access period for any durable URLs to Early English Books Online documents that users may have saved / bookmarked through using the Early English Books Online product.
- How about new (annual updates) that do not exist on the Early English Books Online legacy product?
Following the release of the new version of Early English Books Online on the ProQuest platform, all subsequent content updates will be made to the new version of Early English Books Online only. MARC records pertaining to those content updates will contain links that will point directly to the relevant document on the new version of Early English Books Online on the ProQuest platform.
In the meantime you can review our Early English Books Online LibGuide.
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