Early English Books Online

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Early English Books Online (EEBO) contains digital facsimile page images of virtually every work printed in England, Ireland, Scotland, Wales and British North America and works in English printed elsewhere from 1473-1700 - from the first book printed in English by William Caxton, through the age of Spenser and Shakespeare and the tumult of the English Civil War.

This collection now contains about 100,000 of over 125,000 titles listed in Pollard & Redgrave's Short-Title Catalogue (1475-1640) and Wing's Short-Title Catalogue (1641-1700) and their revised editions, as well as the Thomason Tracts (1640-1661) collection and the Early English Books Tract Supplement. Libraries possessing this collection find they are able to fulfill the most exhaustive research requirements of graduate scholars - from their desktop! - in many subject areas, including: English literature, history, philosophy, linguistics, theology, music, fine arts, education, mathematics, and science.

(from the website) Read more.


Each individual book title can also be found in TOPCAT (over 100,000 items). Search by title, author, subject, or keyword.

You can choose to simultaneously search Eighteenth Century Collections Online (books), by clicking in the box that offers this option.

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eBooks on EBSCOhost

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Find books on all subject through EBSCO eBooks.  These are books purchased by the Trent Library and made available on the EBSCO platform. 

All titles from EBSCO eBooks have been added to TOPCAT, so you can find them with any general search of our library catalogue. In "Advanced Search" you can limit your results to e-books by restricting a search to those with a location of "E-Book".

You can also connect to EBSCO eBooks directly to:

  • search for books using the search engine, or
  • browse through the list of titles by clicking "eBooks" from the blue banner at the top of the page.

Many of these books were purchased in conjunction with COOL (Consortium of Ontario Libraries). Because the COOL group includes University, College, School, and Public libraries, the books included in the collection cover a broad range of subjects and reading levels, and include titles that would not otherwise be found in a University Library (eg. children's books). Select research materials accordingly.

Find a link to EBSCO eBooks on our E-Resouces page, in our Databases A-Z, and in TOPCAT.

Single User Limitation

Many EBSCO eBooks are restricted to one user at a time. There is an automatic inactivity timeout, so that books not being used are released back to the system.

  • When you access the full text of a book on your computer you must keep it active; otherwise it will be returned to the system after 30 minutes of inactivity .
  • Titles that are unavailable because they're in use by someone become available again after 30 inactive minutes. There is no option for forcing books to be returned - they need to time out.


The maximum checkout period for these books is 3 days.  Some books don't permit checkout at all.


Click "eBook Full Text" to open and view the book.

When you have a book open, a toolbar offers tools to:

  • search within the book,
  • make notes (you need to create an account to save these notes),
  • look up a word in a dictionary,
  • print or email up to 60 pages per book, and
  • place the book citation (and link to it) in a folder for later reference.

Click here to see a Flash video on how to use eBooks on EBSCO.

Mobile App

EBSCO has released an app for EBSCO eBooks available through the Trent Library.  The app is compatible with Android and iOS devices as well as Kindle Fire and Nook.

How to download EBSCO eBooks to mobile devices using the EBSCO eBooks app:

  1. Download the EBSCO eBooks app from Google Play or iTunes.
  2. Find the Trent University Library and sign in to access our collection.
  3. Search and browse for titles you're interested in.
  4. Download an EBSCO eBook by clicking on the "Download" link on the search result page or from within the detailed record.
  5. Select your preferred checkout period (up to 3 days) and click "Checkout & Download".
  6. The title automatically opens in the EBSCO eBooks app.
  7. Begin reading the title in the app, bookmark your place for later, and return it to the library's collection when finished.

In order for EBSCO eBooks to be read on a mobile device you must register the app with your free Adobe ID. eBooks can be read in a in a PDF or EPUB format.


Adobe Acrobat is needed to read files. If books open a page at a time in Adobe Acrobat, you'll need to adjust the settings in your browser or in Adobe software, to make files open in the browser window.

  • If you're using the default setting in Firefox, change it to open .pdf (Adobe Acrobat) files within the browser: select "Tools", "Options", "Applications", "Use Adobe Acrobat (in Firefox)". See our help page.
  • To change the settings in the Adobe software, see the EBSCO help page.

If you see the download offline option you can download and virtually checkout the item for a limited number of hours or days. After the checkout period the items is no longer accessible on your computer so you would need to download it again. To download items you need the following.


See the Scholars Portal guide for Mobile Ebooks.


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Stable URL: 

A stable url (or persistent link) is a link that connects a user to a particular item in a database or on the web.

To find a link back to a particular citation, click on "Permalink" on the right-hand side of the screen and copy the link provided. It looks like this:


To ensure off-campus access, include the proxy prefix:



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This is a collection of e-books, mostly (but not all) scholarly. E-books are accessed online; they are not physically located in our library, but we purchase the right to access them on the web. 

E-books purchased by a library are different than individual purchases for your e-book reader because they are mounted on a server, available for viewing to a large number of readers. Libraries purchase access for their users. Software is used to provide a platform on which users can use e-books. ebrary is one of the platforms used to provide our e-books. (See other providers.)

With ebrary, you can

  • create an account for yourself,
  • select books to add to your "Bookshelf" for easy retrieval later,
  • make notes and highlight portions of your readings,
  • print or copy selections or pages.

Books are searchable through an advanced search by author, title, subject, full text, call number, key field, and more.

See the ebrary guide. There are other Help features available from the ebrary start page.


Trent purchases many individual e-books available through the ebrary platform; often with a single-user or 3-user limitation. (1,000+ titles)

The following major collections are also available thorugh ebrary, normally with unlimited simultaneous users.

  • Cambridge University Press (2,300+ titles)
  • Canadian Public Documents Collection (30,000+ titles)
  • Canadian Publishers Collection (8,000+ titles) - excludes Canadian University Presses collection 2014-16 (in Scholars Portal Books)
  • Canadian Trade Publishers (6,000+ titles) - not all scholarly; subscription
  • Duke University Press (2,000+ titles)
  • Oxford University Press (3,000+ titles) - excludes Oxford Scholarship Online 2012-15 (in Scholars Portal Books)
  • Springer (15,000+ titles)
  • Taylor & Francis (11,000 titles)


As of 2015, there are over 70,000 books available at this site.


Many of these e-books can be downloaded to an e-book device, mobile device, or computer. Not all books can be downloaded; you'll be informed if the book you selected is not eligible. Generally, books with a single-user license are not downloadable.  See the information sheet on downloading.

These e-books are not in a format compatible with Kindle.


  • You must have an ebrary bookshelf account. It's easy to create one using the "sign in" page - click "Create an account".
  • You must have Adobe Digital Editions (free software) installed on your computer. Use a computer to download, then sync your device to transfer.


  1. Sign in to your Bookshelf account.
  2. Chose a book, and click the "download" button.
  3. Choose the part (or all) of the book you want to download.
  4. When the document is downloaded it will open in Adobe Digital Editions.
  5. Transfer the e-book to your mobile device.


  1. Create an Adobe ID account.
  2. Install "BlueFire Reader" from the App Store.
  3. Login to your ebrary account.
  4. Select a book and click "download".
  5. Now you can read the e-book using BlueFire.

Downloaded books are saved for 7 days, after which they are deleted from your device. For further details, see the ebrary Help page.

Single-User Books

Some books are purchased with a single-user license to reduce the cost.  Each book will identify how many users can simultaneously read the same book.  One of the following messages will be shown:

  • Your institution has unlimited access to this book.
    • Any number of simultaneous users allowed.
  • Your institution has access to one copy of this book.
    • Can only be viewed by one user at a time.
  • Your institution has access to three copies of this book.
    • Up to three simultaneous users are allowed access.

If you view a single-user book, it is not available to any other Trent user.  It is automatically released only when:

  • you open another book,
  • the book remains idle for 15 minutes, or
  • your browser is closed.

(There used to be a “Release this title” button when viewing a single-user book, but no longer, given the automatic release.)

    If you open a single-user book that is in use by someone else, you are initially shown a preview-only copy of the book. 

    • This allows you to view the Table of Content, Index, and the first few pages of each chapter. 
    • You may not realize this is a preview copy, unless you try to move beyond the limitations, when it will indicate you're previewing and provide you with an option to wait for the book.
    • If you ask to be placed in the queue for the book, you have 5 minutes to access it once you're notified that it's available.  If you don't, it's released to the next user in the queue.


    See ebrary's Help with copying and printing.

    Trent's limit for printing from ebrary is 100 pages per session.  However, many publishers have enforced their own limits.  A session is usually determined by your browser; as long as your browser remains open, your session is still active. This is in place to avoid violation of copyright. 

    Be careful that you don't violate copyright when you print.  See our webpage on "Fair Dealing" and "Short Excerpts".


    See the mobile access information for ebrary. Complete ebrary books can be downloaded to your computer, then transferred to an ebook reader, or a mobile device

    Also see the Scholars Portal guide to Mobile Ebooks.

    See more information about e-books see our webpage on Purchasing E-Books for the Library.

    Ebrary software is also used on the Scholars Portal Books site, although it has a different look to it. There is some overlap of coverage on both sites. Scholars Portal Books provides access to e-book collections from:

    • Cambridge University Press
    • Canadian Health Research Collection
    • Canadian Publishers Collection
    • Oxford University Press
    • Springer
    • Open Access (Internet Archive Project).

    See information about features on the Scholars Portal Books information sheet.

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    Irregular, as new titles are purchased by the library.
    Stable URL: 

    A stable url (or persistent link) is a link that connects a user to a particular item in a database or on the web.

    In ebrary, the url of a particular book in the address bar of your browser is a stable url and it can be copied and used later.

    EBSCO Group


    Databases include:

    Academic Search Elite Database description.
    Full text for more than 2,000 journals, including more than 1,500 peer-reviewed titles. Indexing and abstracts for all 3,484 journals in the collection. Almost any subject is covered.

    America: History & Life Database description.
    The history and culture of the United States and Canada, from prehistory to the present. With indexing for 1,700 journals from 1964 to present, this database is the most important bibliographic reference tool for students and scholars of U.S. and Canadian history. Strong English-language journal coverage is balanced by an international perspective on topics and events, including abstracts in English of articles published in more than 40 languages. 

    Bibliography of Native North Americans Database description.
    Citations to literature about native peoples of North America published from the sixteenth century to the present. Native North Americans include Aleuts; Eskimos or Inuit of Greenland, northern Canada, Alaska, and eastern Siberia; and other native peoples of Alaska, Canada, the United States, and Mexico north of the northern boundary of Mesoamerica.All citations are to published materials: books, journal articles, essays, conference papers, and US and Canadian government documents.

    Business Source Complete Database description.
    This is the world's definitive scholarly business database, providing the leading collection of bibliographic and full text content. As part of the comprehensive coverage offered by this database, indexing and abstracts for the most important scholarly business journals back as far as 1886 are included. In addition to the searchable cited references provided for more than 1,200 journals.

    Historical Abstracts Database description.
    Historical Abstracts is an exceptional resource that covers the history of the world (excluding the United States and Canada) from 1450 to the present, including world history, military history, women's history, history of education, and more - essential for libraries supporting upper-division and graduate research. This authoritative database provides indexing of more than 1,700 academic historical journals in over 40 languages back to 1955.  

    Regional Business News 
    Full text coverage of more than 80 regional business publications covering all metropolitan and rural areas within the United States.

    CINAHL is the authoritative resource for nursing and allied health professionals, students, educators and researchers. This database provides indexing for 2,857 journals from the fields of nursing and allied health. The database contains more than 1,000,000 records dating back to 1982.  We currently subscribe to CINAHL from Ovid but we plan to move to EBSCO in the future.  

    A companion database to CINAHL, Pre-CINAHL is intended to provide current awareness of new journal articles, and includes a rotating file of limited bibliographic information (no subject searching), available to searchers only for the time when these articles are being assigned additional indexing.

    Political Science Complete Database description.
    Full text for more than 520 journals, and indexing and abstracts for over 2,900 titles, (including top-ranked scholarly journals), many of which are unique to the product. The database also features over 340 full-text reference books and monographs, and over 36,000 full-text conference papers, including those of the International Political Science Association.

    Public Administration Abstracts Database description.
    Bibliographic records covering essential areas related to public administration, including public administration theory, and other areas of key relevance to the discipline. The index contains more than 93,600 records, which are carefully selected from the most important sources within the discipline.

    Public Affairs Index Database description.
    A bibliographic database covering all aspects of global contemporary public policy issues ranging from public health, the environment, housing, human and civil rights, to international conflict and natural disasters. It draws on a diverse array of scholarly publications, conference papers, government documents and current reference works to provide up-to-date information on the broad range of topics of concern to the world today.


    This database works with to locate full-text availability.

    See mobile access information for EBSCO.

    Varies with database.
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    EconLit, published by the American Economic Association, provides bibliographic coverage of a wide range of economics-related literature. An expanded version of the Journal of Economic Literature (JEL) indexes of journals, books, and dissertations, EconLit covers both economic theory and application.

    As of April 2016 the Library no longer subscribes to this database.


    Limited to 4 simultaneous users.

    This database works with to locate full-text availability.

    1969 - Current
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    There is no full text in this database, so it cannot provide a stable link to the text.  Use the stable URL for site of the full text of an article.

    Eighteenth Century Collections Online

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    Use Eighteenth Century Collections Online (ECCO) to access the digital images of every page of 150,000 books published during the 18th Century. With full-text searching of approximately 26 million pages, the product allows researchers new methods of access to critical information in the fields of history, literature, religion, law, fine arts, science and more.

    The collection will include every significant English-language and foreign-language title printed in the United Kingdom, along with thousands of important works from the Americas. The collection is an ongoing project based on The English Short Title Catalogue (ESTC), a machine-readable union list of the holdings of the British Library, as well as those from more than 1,500 university, private, and public libraries worldwide.

    Eighteenth Century Collections Online captures the essence of the Enlightenment in Great Britain between 1701 and 1800. As the eighteenth century opened, the expiration of the strict controls that previously existed over printing, coupled with the birth of the Industrial Revolution, resulted in the proliferation of printing operations across the country—and in turn, created an explosion of literacy. For the first time, a large segment of the population was exposed to a vast array of printed material. Social and economic criticism flourished; theories on man and society were set forth and debated. A variety of materials is included—from books and broadsides, Bibles, tract books and sermons to printed ephemera—with works by many well-known and lesser-known authors, all providing a diverse collection of material for the researcher of the eighteenth century. A centerpiece of this collection is the complete works of twenty-eight major eighteenth-century authors including:

    • Henry Fielding
    • Edmund Burke
    • Alexander Pope
    • Thomas Paine
    • Benjamin Franklin
    • Jonathan Swift

    Also included are significant collections of women writers of the eighteenth century, collections on the French Revolution, and numerous eighteenth-century editions of the works of Shakespeare. Where they add scholarly value or contain important differences, multiple editions of each individual work are offered (including all 500 editions of Daniel Defoe’s Robinson Crusoe) to enable scholars to make textual comparisons of the works.

    (From the website)


    Eighteenth Century Collection Online via Text Creation Partnership provides 2,231 highly accurate, fully-searchable, SGML/XML-encoded texts from the ECCO collection representing some of the most used volumes from the collection.


    Each page is an image of the printed original document.

    You can choose to simultaneously search Early English Books Online (books), by clicking in the box that offers this option.

    Click here to connect to Eighteenth Century Collections Online.

    Click here to connect to Eighteenth Century Collections Online via the Text Creation Partnership

    Only books published in the 1700's.
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    Eighteenth Century Journals I & II


    Rare printed British journals, periodicals and newspapers of the long eighteenth century not covered in EEBO, ECCO or Early English Newspapers. All items are full text searchable.

    This project brings together rare journals printed between 1693 and 1799 illuminating all aspects of eighteenth-century social, political and literary life. Many are ephemeral, lasting only for a handful of issues, others run for several years. They offer effective coverage of the important issues of the period, and are invaluable to the study of all aspects of the eighteenth century, including crime, sport, advertising, the theatre; fashion; politics, revolution; agriculture; social issues and society life.

    There are polemics, poetry, letters to the press, reviews of drama and novels, contemporary adverts and essays on almost every conceivable topic.

    See the list of titles.

    (From the website)


    Available from Adam Matthew Digital through a CRKN agreement (June 1, 2008 - May 31, 2011).

    Stable URL: 

    A stable url (or persistent link) is a link that connects a user to a particular item in a database or on the web.

    A persistent link in this database is the link to the .pdf document.

    Empire Online

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    Empire Online features a wide variety of material including:  Exploration journals and logs; Letter books and correspondence; Periodicals; Diaries; Official Government Papers; Missionary papers; Travel writing; Slave papers; Memoirs; Fiction; Children's Adventure Stories; Traditional folk tales; Exhibition Catalogues and guides; Maps; Marketing Posters; Photographs; and Illustrations, with many in colour.  All of the items featured are covered in their entirety.  All of these have been indexed in detail, enabling students to find relevant materials easily.

    The images are sourced from libraries and archives around the world, including a strong core of document images from the British Library.

    The project is divided into five sections covering varying aspects of the colonial experience.  These are:

    • Section I: Cultural Contact, 1492-1969
      • manuscript sources such as the diaries and eyewitness accounts of European travellers, correspondence and periodical literature
      • evidence from native populations and indigenous tribes in Africa, India, Canada, Australia and the South Pacific
      • examines how attitudes changed over time as well as the manner in which Europeans worked both with and against indigenous groups in the quest for independence and self-government in the twentieth century
    • Section II: Literature and Empire
      • important texts describing the outreach and impact of colonial endeavour
      • writings by both pro- and anti-imperial authors, by agents of empire, by controllers of empire, and by imperial subjects
      • poetry, prose and drama
    • Section III: The Visible Empire
      • provides photographs and illustrations (over 5% of the images in this section are in colour) that relate to the art, architecture, representations of indigenous peoples, landscapes and natural history of colonial territories throughout the world
      • also focuses on the perception of Empire at home and how Britain was perceived by its visiting colonial subjects
    • Section IV: Religion and Empire
      • features material on encounters with local religious beliefs, missionary work, the development of indigenous churches, and the annexation of existing local beliefs and customs
      • documents on different regions in India and Africa, and on work amongst the Native American Indians in Canada; Maoris, Aborigines and other tribes are covered in records on Australasia and the South Pacific
    • Section V: Race, Class, Imperialism and Colonialism, c1607-2007
      • Colonialism created a new world order in which Europeans asserted their right to intervene and impose conditions of modernity on the subject peoples of their empires. Imperialism as the bearer of modernity, or what the Victorians called the civilising mission, constructed new identities of race, class and gender
      • looks at concepts of America and Imperialism from colonial time to Iraq

    (From the website)


    Includes images: maps, photographs, and illustrations.

    Available from Adam Matthew Digital through a CRKN agreement (June 1, 2008 - May 31, 2011).

    Stable URL: 

    A stable url (or persistent link) is a link that connects a user to a particular item in a database or on the web.

    A persistent link in this database is the link to the .pdf document.

    See more information on copyright and linking.


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    ERIC (Educational Resources Information Center) provides free access to more than 1.2 million bibliographic records of journal articles and other education-related materials and, if available, includes links to full text. ERIC is sponsored by the U.S. Department of Education, Institute of Education Sciences (IES).

    The ERIC collection includes bibliographic records (citations, abstracts, and other pertinent data) for more than 1.2 million items indexed since 1966, including:

    • journal articles
    • books
    • research syntheses
    • conference papers
    • technical reports
    • policy papers, and
    • other education-related materials

    ERIC currently indexes more than 600 journals, the majority of which are indexed comprehensively — every article in each issue is included in ERIC. Some journals are indexed selectively — only those articles that are education-related are selected for indexing.

    In addition, contributors have given ERIC permission to display more than 115,000 full-text materials in PDF format - at no charge. These materials are generally part of the recent "grey literature" such as conference papers and reports, rather than journal articles and books. Most materials published 2004 and forward include links to other sources, including publishers' Web sites. (from the website)

    See "What's In ERIC?" for more details.


    The ERIC database is available from various providers, as well as the public website. These providers recognize Trent users and include the Get It Trent! link to full text articles.

    Click here to connect to ERIC on the public website.
    Click here to connect to ERIC on the ProQuest site.

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    Érudit is a multi-institutional publishing consortium comprised of the Université de Montréal, the Université Laval and the Université du Québec à Montréal that was founded in 1998. It is a non-profit society that offers an innovative model for the promotion and dissemination of Canadian research. It is also one of the five editorial production nodes of Synergies, a national project whose objective is to digitize Canadian Social Sciences and Humanities research.

    The consortium Érudit scholarly journals collection includes 59 subscription journals, all of which are licensed by CRKN. The journals are mainly published in French; however there are a few bilingual and English titles.

    In addition, Érudit publishes and distributes the following 9 open access journals:

    • Cahiers québécois de démographie
    • Cuizine
    • Drogues, santé et société
    • Enfances, Familles, Générations
    • Environnement urbain / Urban Environment
    • McGill Journal of Education / Revue des sciences de l’éducation de McGill
    • Psychiatrie et violence
    • Revue québécoise de linguistique
    • Romanticism and Victorianism on the Net

    Available through a CRKN agreement for three years from signing of agreement. Renewed Sep 2011.

    Varies by journal.
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