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150,000 books from 18th century available online

“ECCO: The Eighteenth Century Collections Online,” an online database of 150,000 books and other 18th century publications, is now available at the university libraries. The works are primarily from Great Britain but include many publications from North America and all foreign language titles published in Great Britain during that century.

The online collection represents the best of the English and Scottish Enlightenment with seminal works of Adam Smith, David Hume and Isaac Newton; complete works of major literary authors; significant collections of women writers; works on the French and American revolutions; 18th century science, technology and medicine; as well as a range of popular works. ECCO includes illustrations, such as political cartoons, maps, charts, tables and music.

These texts are accessible in page images of their original print copies and are also fully searchable. Readers can search from within the database itself with full-text and title or author searches through the ESTC: English Short-Title Catalogue Online and eventually through author, title and subject records in the Miami catalog.

The ECCO Web site is linked on the MiamiLINK page under Indexes & Databases and under Online Texts; it can also be found through a title search for “ecco.”

ECCO complements other online historical collections, including Early English Books Online (a collection of English books and other publications from 1475-1700), the American Periodical Series Online (full text of most American magazines, 1740-1900), the Historical New York Times, 1851-2001, and a large number of literary and historical texts, long runs of scholarly journals (JSTOR), and extensive indexing of periodical literature.

“Although ECCO is an expensive purchase, its enormous value and ready accessibility for undergraduate study and faculty research make it a significant contribution to the university's academic resources and indicate the libraries' commitment to the First in 2009 campaign,” said Judith Sessions, dean and university librarian.

Date Published: 01/20/2005
Volume: 24   Number: 21

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