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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: Due to user requests for a longer adjustment period, the current Chadwyck-Healey site will be available through early July, 2020.
Want a tutorial on what’s New, Better and Different in the new Early English Books Online? Listen here.
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Online will be more discoverable as users will be able to cross-search its content along with scholarly journals, news, historical documents and other relevant sources.
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Please note that as of March 4th, new Early English Books Online MARC records are available to be downloaded from ProQuest Administrator Module. See below in FAQ for more details.
February 2020 release:
- Users will find a search tip for proximity searching directly on the Advanced Search page
- Users will find an additional search field and a results filter for Country of Publication, in addition to Place of Publication
- Displaying Bibliographic Number directly on results page entries rather than within “Preview”
- Users can search “Bibliographic Number” discretely, rather than together with other accession numbers, removing the reported ‘noise’ in the results set
- Users will have the ability to bookmark an individual page image, rather than just an image set
Coming Soon: Early April 2020 release:
- Thomason Tracts Browse: We recognize the value of Thomason’s original curated order and will be looking to recreate the old Thomason Tracts browse by volume experience. This will enable individual Thomason volumes to be accessed with the individual parts/items displayed in their original numerical order: E.201, E.201, etc.
- Provide the full 3 lines of keyword-in-context for each result with 3 or more hits on results pages
- A Content fix to recategorize a few periodicals that were mistakenly described as Books
Coming Soon: May 2020 release:
- Hit counts on results will be corrected so that it only counts terms that appear in the keyed full text, instead of also counting hits in subject and other metadata fields
Steps to take to prepare for Legacy site shutdown:
- You will have until July 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 July 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. Early English Books Online 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:
- Early English Books Online (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 Early English Books Online 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 Early English Books Online'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 Early English Books Online (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 Early English Books Online from 132,000 to 146,000.
- Text Creation Partnership transcriptions included in the new Early English Books Online interface! Over 60,000 Early English Books Online texts, transcribed as part of the Text Creation Partnership project, have been included in the new instance of Early English Books Online! 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 Early English Books Online 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 Early English Books Online 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 Early English Books Online – 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 Early English Books Online 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 Early English Books Online 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 Early English Books Online subscription are now the same as maintaining your other ProQuest Platform products:
- Librarians no longer have to train staff on a standalone Early English Books Online interface
- You can manage your Early English Books Online and other ProQuest platform databases from the same ProQuest Administrator Module, including usage, authentication methods, interface settings, etc.
Frequently Asked Questions:
- 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 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.
- What was being corrected in the current Early English Books Online MARC records before the March 2020 update?
Duplicate values had been used for the 001 record identifier field. This has been corrected in the new update in March. We have also reverted to the record structure customers will be familiar with from legacy: there is one record per book title, or one record per periodical in the case of periodical content. Each book title record contains links to all copies of that title in Early English Books Online. The periodical records contain a single link to the publication information page for the periodical.
- We have already downloaded the Early English Books Online MARC records. Do we need to delete and start again? Will we need to do anything to our existing records that we already have?
The best approach to ensure nothing incorrect remains in your systems would be to delete the Early English Books Online MARC records that you have previously downloaded first, and upload the new set. However, if you wish to upload the new set on top of the records already ingested, this can be done as long as you can ensure that the old record is completely overwritten. Customers choosing to do this will need a list of records that should be deleted - this covers records in the old set that were assigned an incorrect value in the 001 field and should be removed.
- Will the new MARC records be a complete replacement of the old ones or do only certain records need to be replaced?
The new MARC records are a complete replacement of the old ones available on ProQuest Administrator Module since October.
- How many Early English Books Online MARC records will there be in total?
There are 131,772 records containing links to 138,476 editions/periodical pages. This is what was available in the legacy MARC record set.
- In future, when new Early English Books Online works are added to the product, how will we get MARC updates?
In future, we will update the full set of marc records available on ProQuest Administrator Module (eebo_all.mrc), and provide a subset on ProQuest Administrator Module that only contains the new records. This file will be called eebo_new_[month].mrc. The update file will remain on ProQuest Administrator Module until the next time we do an update, so there will only ever be one update file on ProQuest Administrator Module and one complete file on ProQuest Administrator Module for Early English Books Online.
In the meantime you can review our Early English Books Online LibGuide.
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