Early English Books Online - Text Creation Partnership

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Standardized, accurate XML/SGML encoded electronic text editions of early printed books.


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Early English Books Online (EEBO) consists of the complete digitized page images and bibliographic metadata (catalog records) for more than 125,000 early English books including those listed in Pollard & Redgrave's Short-Title Catalogue (1475-1640) and Wing's Short-Title Catalogue (1641-1700).

The Text Creation Partnership creates standardized, accurate XML/SGML encoded electronic text editions of early print books. The project transcribes and marks up text from the millions of page images in EEBO. However, EEBO-TCP does not have the resources to transcribe every work listed in EEBO and does not usually include more than one edition of any work. From January 2015 onwards the EEBO-TCP texts will become freely available.


This resource is of particular interest to literary and cultural historians and to scholars of early printed books.

The EEBO-TCP texts can be accessed through three online resources: the TCP's own website, ProQuest's Early Books Online (EEBO) and JISC Historic Books. The versions hosted by ProQuest and JISC Historic Books require a subscription.

Manuscripts Online currently provides links from its search results to the versions hosted by the TCP and ProQuest, although there are plans to provide access to JISC Historic Books in the near future. Please note that Manuscripts Online does not bypass the login process for subscription-only sites: you or your institution will need to have a subscription with ProQuest in order to access their version of the TCP texts.

Please note that Manuscripts Online includes only books from EEBO-TCP up to 1500.

Introductory reading

Martin, Shawn. 'Digital Scholarship and Cyberinfrastructure in the Humanities: Lessons from the Text Creation Partnership'. The Journal of Electronic Publishing, 10 (Winter 2007).

Technical Methods

EEBO-TCP captures the full text of each unique work in EEBO by manually keying the full text of each work and adding markup to indicate the structure of the text (chapter divisions, tables, lists, etc.). The result is an accurate transcription of each work, which can be fully searched, or used as the basis of a new project. Texts are marked up in XML/SGML.

About the project

The work of the Text Creation Partnership is carried out by teams of editors and project managers at the University of Michigan Library and the University of Oxford's Bodleian Library Digital Systems and Services. The project is managed from the University of Michigan Library, with Oxford as the lead partner in the UK.


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Source Types

  • Literary Printed Books


  • Transcriptions


  • book history
  • literature


  • English
  • Latin


  • Subscription

Time Period



University of Michigan

Cite this page:

"EEBO-TCP" Manuscripts Online (www.manuscriptsonline.org, version 1.0, 25 July 2024), https://www.manuscriptsonline.org/resources/tc/