Searching the TCP texts via the UM Library site or EEBO will meet the needs of many researchers. However, many others are interested instead in analyzing the textual patterns in one or many texts—what Franco Moretti calls “distant reading.” There are many ways to do this kind of analysis, but increasingly, tools to get you started are freely available on the web. Some examples of such tools are listed below. This list is by no means exhaustive, and the tools below vary in ease of use, customizability, kind of analysis, etc.—they’re just suggestions.
If you’re aware of other tools that help you to work with the TCP texts, please let us know so we can add them to the list!
Need some texts to get started? The ECCO-TCP texts are freely available to download. We are happy to supply EEBO- or Evans-TCP texts upon request to users at partner libraries.