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New! Literature Online, World Shakespeare Bibliography, and Eighteenth Century Collections Online (ECCO)

"Blessed is he who has found his work. Let him ask no other blessedness" wrote nineteenth century English author Thomas Carlyle (Past and Present, 1843). For those students and scholars at Rutgers who have found their work in the study of English language and literature, the Libraries' three new online resources will add many blessings to their labors.

Literature Online is a searchable database with the full-text of more than 350,000 literary works in the English language- poetry, drama, and prose; 175 full-text literary journals; the Annual Bibliography of English Language and Literature; and reference sources including bibliographies, biographies, and Dictionaries. Individual units run from Anglo-Saxon literature, through the Middle Ages and the Renaissance, the 18th and 19th centuries right up to the late 20th Century. The geographical span includes England, Scotland, Ireland, Australia, Canada, New Zealand, the West Indies, Africa, and South Asia.

The database draws on the entire corpus of English and American literature, from 600 CE to the present, using accurate transcriptions of authoritative printed texts. The full publication and pagination details of the print original are provided, enabling scholars to cite correctly from these texts as they would from the print originals.

Literature Online (LION) also offers comprehensive cross-searching of EEBO - Early English Books Online, thus bringing together the two leading textual resources for scholars of Early Modern literature. Since Rutgers also subscribes to EEBO TCP (Text Creation Partnership), LION searches will also display keyword hits from the collection of texts within EEBO that have been keyed for full-text searching.

World Shakespeare Bibliography provides annotated entries for all important books, articles, book reviews, dissertations, theatrical productions, reviews of productions, audiovisual materials, electronic media, and other scholarly and popular materials related to Shakespeare and published or produced between 1963 and 2006. The scope is international, with coverage extending to more than 118 languages and representing every country in North America, South America, and Europe, and nearly every country in Asia, Africa, and Australasia.

Eighteenth Century Collections Online (ECCO) is a nearly comprehensive collection of the works published in the English language (and non-English language works printed in England) during the eighteenth century, encompassing approximately 150,000 books, with 33,000,000 pages. The database covers the full spectrum of intellectual activity in the century: literature, history, geography, law, science, medicine, technology, the fine arts, religion, philosophy, political science and government. ECCO includes poems, plays, novels, histories, travel books, parliamentary papers, parish registers, conduct books, cook books, almanacs--all the categories and genres published during the period. Translations into the English language and foreign language works printed in England (often because of censorship) are also included.

Users can access Literature Online, World Shakespeare Bibliography, and Eighteenth Century Collections Online online from the front page of the Libraries website, either through IRIS or by following the path: Research Resources > Indexes and Databases > By Subject/ Arts and Humanities > Literature > [name of resource].

Posted February 27, 2006