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New Primary Source Databases: Empire Online and Early English Books Online


McCain Library was fortunate to purchase the following two primary source collections at the beginning of the summer that will enhance student exploration of a wide range of topics.

Empire Online

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Covering 5 centuries, Empire Online provides access to primary sources that detail the history and impact of British expansion.  Major thematic sections include: Cultural Contacts, 1429-1969; Empire Writing & Literature of the Empire; Visible Empire; and Religion & Empire; Race, Class, Colonialism and Imperialism.

This database is a fantastic tool for discovering images, maps, children adventure stories, folktales, memoirs, correspondence, exploration journals/logs and more. (Please note that off-campus you may be asked for a security certificate, we are working on resolving this issue)

Early English Books Online

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Complimenting Empire Online is Early English Books Online.  This is a collection of over 125,000 titles published between 1473 and 1700.  Though particularly appealing to literature scholars of authors like Spenser and Shakespeare, this collection also includes materials that will enhance courses in history, religion, science, political science, classics, art, and music.

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