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The library has access to many digitized books. Sample collections are listed below, or search the UW Catalog for a specific title.
Early American Imprints
Based on Charles Evan's American Bibliography and on Shaw-Shoemaker's American Bibliography, EAI contains the full text of all known existing books, pamphlets, and broadsides printed in the United States (or British American colonies prior to Independence) from 1639 through 1800.
Eighteenth Century Collections Online
Based on the English Short Title Catalogue, ECCO includes over 180,000 titles (200,000 volumes) published in the UK during the 18th century. Books, pamphlets, essays, broadsides and more are primarily in English, but other languages are represented as well.
Early English Books Online (EEBO)
Digital reproductions of virtually every work printed in England, Ireland, Scotland, Wales and British North America and works in English printed elsewhere from 1473-1700.
Finding Books in the Stacks
The UW Libraries uses the Library of Congress Classification system to organize items in the collection. The following LC classification ranges are of interest to those studying English & American literature:
Request a Book from UW Libraries
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