Early English Books Online: medical content now findable on the Library catalogue

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We are very pleased to announce that over 9,000 records for medical resources in Early English Books Online (EEBO) have been added to the Library Catalogue. EEBO is one of the most popular electronic resources the Library offers, with access to around 100,000 titles covering many subject areas, including English literature, history, philosophy, linguistics, theology, music, fine arts, education, mathematics, and science.

Until now EEBO records could not be cross-searched from the Wellcome Library catalogue. Library staff have identified medical titles in the EEBO database using the subject headings their catalogue records. The records were then loaded into the Wellcome Library catalogue. What this means from a user’s perspective is that links in the catalogue records will now take you directly to the electronic versions where they can view the digitised images of the original pages.

You need to be a registered user to access EEBO materials this way, but joining the Library is very simple

You can still search across all 100,000 records in EEBO. In Encore, search for ‘EEBO’ or ‘Early English Books Online’ and the Resource record for the database appears at the top of the list. The same searches also retrieve the E-book records of every medical resource in the collection with full bibliographic details provided. Click on the ‘View resource’ links to gain digital access to the original works.

Phoebe Harkins

Phoebe Harkins is Library Communications Co-ordinator at the Wellcome Library.

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