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Eighteenth Century Collection Online

By Susan Hawk and Dennis Gibbons
A typical 18th century salon.

Mary Couts Burnett Library hosted a salon on February 15th to introduce faculty to the Eighteenth Century Collection online. This collection is regularly available to the TCU community, and to walk-in visitors, from the alphabetical list of databases. ECCO contains searchable digitized materials for every significant English-language and foreign language title printed in the United Kingdom, along with thousands of American works. This comprehensive collection contains the full text of nearly 150,000 English-language titles and editions published between 1701 and 1800.

The ECCO database was purchased with the generous assistance of university Vision in Action funding. Salon speaker Frank Menchaca, Executive Vice President of Academic, Public and Academic Research Library Publishing for Thompson Gale used examples from existing TCU faculty courses and syllabuses to demonstrate the capability of the database, and show faculty how to incorporate the powerful tool into their coursework. Several of the faculty members whose courses were showcased were in the audience. Faculty attended from Music, English, History, and the Center for Teaching Excellence. Historically appropriate refreshments were served, and a lively discussion ensued.

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