ECCO-TCP and EEBO-TCP: A new way of exploring texts from 1400-1800

Tired of squinting at the scanned page images in Early English Books Online (EEBO) and Eighteenth-Century Collections Online (ECCO)? Those days are now gone:

The EEBO-TCP and ECCO-TCP project databases offer encoded OCR text versions of selected materials from EEBO and ECCO, providing clear and legible texts that are fully searchable through their powerful databases. Access the databases by following these links for ECCO-TCP and EEBO-TCP, or access from the Library’ Online Research Resources by searching for “EEBO-TCP” or “ECCO-TCP”.

Our access to this valuable resource is thanks to the University of Illinois Library’s participation in the Text Creation Partnership. The Text Creation Partnership is a joint project led by the University of Michigan, Oxford University, and the Thomson-Gale publishers to create “accurately keyboarded and SGML/XML encoded text editions” for material in ECCO and EEBO. More information is available at Additionally, you can learn more about these projects by consulting the Project Descriptions for EEBO-TCP and ECCO-TCP.

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