EEBO-TCP Tutorial Videos

Check out our new screencast tutorials, which walk you through the features of the Michigan and Oxford-hosted platform for the EEBO-TCP texts!

You can find them on this site by going to About > Tutorials.

Many thanks to Sarah Wingo, our Winter 2013, who created these videos!

Registration now Open: Early Modern Texts: Digital Methods and Methodologies

Registration is now open for our second EEBO-TCP conference to be held at the University of Oxford!

Early Modern Texts: Digital Methods and Methodologies, scheduled for September 16-17, 2013, will focus on early modern texts, with particular emphasis on digital research, and editing methods and methodologies in early modern studies. Papers will cover topics including:

  • Editing philosophies and practicalities
  • Digital citation
  • Hidden or developing research methodologies in the Humanities
  • Bridging traditional and digital methods
  • Comparative studies of different digital resources
  • Research based on EEBO-TCP
  • Digital tools to support early modern research
  • Approaches to teaching methodology

The full program is available online.  Readmore »

Using EEBO/TCP Texts for Lexicons of Early Modern English

This guest post was written by Ian Lancashire and Ruth Peidi Zhao, of the University of Toronto. We’re delighted that a number of TCP texts have been included in the LEME project, and welcome feedback and corrections from the editors, as well as from anyone working with our text files. If you would like to contribute a post describing how you use the EEBO-TCP texts in your research, please contact us at tcp-info[AT]umich.edu. 

Lexicons of Early Modern English (http://leme.library.utoronto.ca ; LEME, pronounced like “lemma”, that is, rhyming with “hem” and bearing a final unstressed e) currently offers tools to search, display, and offer bibliographical information about 617,000 word-entries in 181 lexical works from about 1475 to 1702. The University of Toronto Press publishes LEME, and the University of Toronto Libraries – Sian Meikle, LEME’s designer (currently Interim Director of Information Technology Services, Digital Library and Web Services) – hosts it (2006-). Serious researchers license the database for searching. The bibliography and one-off searches are free.

LEME transcriptions started in the late 1980s with John Palsgrave’s Lesclarcissement (1530) and Thomas Thomas’s Latin-English lexicon (1587). In 1996, 16 lexical texts were released freely online with a student-written search engine. A generous grant from the Canada Innovation Foundation via Geoffrey Rockwell’s TAPoR turned LEME into an SQL database and expanded it to 150 texts. Dr. Marc Plamondon (Nipissing University) was the programmer.

The unit of the EEBO-TCP collection is a book, but that of LEME is a single word-entry. In displaying a dictionary page, LEME shows only the headwords of the word-entries on that page. When clicked, the entire encoded entry opens. Normally, researchers run searches on the entire database. They enter words, phrases, or collocations for searching, and LEME delivers a chronological list of matching word-entries, each abbreviated but expandable. We do not publish digitized books and so do not compete with scholarly editions or even EEBO-TCP itself. Readmore »