Using Early English Books Online (EEBO)
I'll be telling you how to use Early English Books Online, or EEBO, which is a full image database of digital facsimile page images of works that were printed in Britain and British North America between 1473 and 1700. It's a major research resource with primary source materials from this time period in a number of subject areas: British Literature, History, Philosophy, Religion, Art, Music, Education and Science. You can access EEBO by going to the Find a Database page from the library's homepage at zsr.wfu.edu and then either typing "EEBO" in a text entry bar in the middle of the page, or go to the subject tree on the left side of the page. Click on the History link, then on the Primary Sources link, and finally on the database name, Early English Books Online. On the searching page in EEBO, you can enter search terms that describe your research topic, as well as publication dates to limit your results to a valid time frame. So if you want to locate publications dealing with the issue of witches and witchcraft in the 16th century, type in "witch" in the title keyword bar followed by an asterisk which will pick up word variance, witch, witches or witchcraft, and then enter your range of dates that you want to search by, so 1500 to 1600, and then click on the search bar. When the search results appear, you can tag the record boxes to create a marked list of records or you can click on a camera icon to view the digitized page images or, alternatively, the full page image to view the transcript rather than the original typeface. To print, tag the box and then click on the marked list link at the top of the page, and then on the print button. You may also email or download record results. If you have any questions about using this database, contact a Reference Librarian at 5475, or go to the Reference Department on the fourth floor of the Wilson Wing.