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By clicking on the Full Text icon in the Search Results page, linked from the Context of Matches or Table of Contents pages, you will be able to view the document in Keyed ASCII Full Text.

Note: The majority of full text pages are very large, therefore clicking on the fulltext icon of a record that exceeds 200kb in size will take you to a warning page which will offer you the choice of either viewing the entire document in full text or, using the Table of Contents to find a section the document.

The full text page is displayed as follows:

full text screen example

  • View document as - You can select to view the Full Record of this item, the scanned page images, the Illustrations page where you can view the different types of illustration in a document, or thumbnails of all the pages in the document.
  • Record Details - The record's author, title and publication date are shown at the top of the screen.
  • Read the EEBO Introduction for this work - if an EEBO Introduction is available for the work in question, you will be able to view it from the Full Text page by clicking this link.
  • Table of Contents - clicking this link will open the Table of Contents for the document in a popup window.
  • Full text - The display generally follows the source works in its rendition and alignment of text. The following standard display formats have been used:
    • Main headings and captions are in bold.
    • Small capitals are displayed in bold. Signatures (fictional or otherwise) giving the author and/or place and/or date of composition at the beginning or end of an element are generally displayed centred. Arguments and epigraphs generally display in italics and are centred.
    • Page numbers are displayed in square brackets.
    • Line indents reflect the indents in the copy text. Runover metrical lines are not indented since line length can vary depending on the size of the browser window.
    • Lacunae (i.e. gaps in the copy text) are marked by '[.....]'.
    • The positions notes, including authorial notes and notes supplied by the database editors, and are indicated by icons.
    • Illuminated letters appear in a larger font and in red.

Various icons and links are available throughout the text to facilitate the navigation of the Full text. All or some icons will appear as follows:

  • Hit icon From a Keyword search, marks every occurrence of your search term in the text.
  • Next hit icon Next Hit: Scrolls the page directly to the next hit.
  • Previous hit icon Previous Hit: Scrolls the page directly to the previous hit.
  • Note icon Note: Mouse over the icon to read the margin notes or click on the icon to display just that note.
  • Document image icon Document Image: click this link to go directly to an image of the page you are viewing in full text.

Some of the full text pages have gaps within the text, and these gaps are represented by an ellipsis in square brackets [...]. However, where the reason for the gap in the text has been identified, we have included a more meaningful symbol or piece of text (based on information from the TCP).

Where the full text contains special characters which will not display as a known character, we have replaced them with their name or a short description within curly brackets {}.

If you are also subscribed to Literature Online, you can access Author pages from Literature Online where these are available for authors in EEBO. Simply click the 'Author page in Literature Online' link on the Full Text page- the Literature Online Author page for that author will open in a new window, with EEBO remaining open in the original window.

You can also view a version of the full text page formatted for printing, with notes displayed inline. To do this, click the Printable version button.