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Researchers should be aware that English spelling has not always been standardized, and that the meanings of some English words have changed over time. Therefore, researching pre-modern and early modern material relating to England often requires the use of specialized language dictionaries, many of which can now be found online. For researchers beginning a project involving English material created before the 19th century, the Oxford English Dictionary is an especially important tool for learning about variant meanings and alternate spellings.
Researchers interested in learning more about the material history of the book may find it useful to consult a glossary of book terms, which can be very specialized. The Library of Congress offers a number of specialized literary encyclopedias and reference resources available both electronically and in print, which may provide useful context for individuals working in a variety of subject areas.
The following titles link to fuller bibliographic information in the Library of Congress Online Catalog. Links to additional online content are included when available. The subscription resources marked with a padlock are available to researchers on-site at the Library of Congress. If you are unable to visit the Library, you may be able to access these resources through your local public or academic library.
The following EEBO collections are available: Early English Books I (Pollard and Redgrave, STC I), 1473-1640 Early English Books II (Wing, STC II), 1641-1700 Thomason Tracts,1640-1661 and Early English Books Tract Supplement. The EEBO search interface will cross search all four collections.
The following EEBO collections are also available: Early English Books I (1473-1640), Early English Books II (1641-1700), and Early English Books Thomason Tract Supplement. The EEBO search interface will cross search all four collections. To limit search only to Thomason Tracts, click on Advanced Search and then select the desired collection from the drop down menu under UMI Collection.