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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 December 31, 2019
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Online will be more discoverable as users will be able to cross-search its content along with scholarly journals, news, historical documents and other relevant sources.
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- Newly-enhanced ProQuest 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). The ProQuest platform is also Counter 5 compliant.
- Modern research experience, guiding discovery, access and management of content sources. In addition to an overall modern research experience, browsing indexes and book downloading into a PDF will be faster, and post-processing tasks, such as citing, saving and sharing materials into workflow tools is greatly enhanced. Additional benefits include:
- Scholars using EEBO will benefit from multi-faceted search results filters
- 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.
- 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.
- Librarians no longer have to train staff on a standalone EEBO interface
- Cross-searchable with other entitled ProQuest databases, including Literature Online (LION) and Early European Books (EEB).
- 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.
Steps to take to prepare for Legacy site shutdown:
- You will have until the end of 2019 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 may also want to 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, the final months of customers' 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 legacy usage statistics for approximately one year after the dual access period ends. 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 will enable the new feed to the new access URL at the time of launch 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.
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
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:
- Will there be new Early English Books Online MARC records for PQIS to 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). As a result, customers of Early English Books Online will need to 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 during the dual access period.
- 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.
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