Studies in Bibliography On-Line: A major new textual database on the
The Bibliographical Society of the University of Virginia and the
University Library's Electronic Text Center are pleased to announce
their plans to create Studies in Bibliography On-Line. This service --
available free of charge on the Internet -- will include the full text
of the nearly one thousand articles in the 49 annual volumes of Studies
in Bibliography (1948-1996) in a searchable and browsable database. It
will be completed in time for the 50th volume of Studies in spring 1997.
Studies in Bibliography is a leading bibliographical journal with an
international reputation, and is "a virtual encyclopedia of scholarly
work on the history of books and editing over the past 50 years,"
according to Kendon Stubbs, Vice President of the Society and
Associate Librarian at the University of Virginia. The on-line
database will serve a wide variety of pedagogical and research needs,
reaching audiences who do not now have ready access to the print
versions: the high school student and teacher can find out more about
the early printings of Hamlet and the bearing they have on the play as
we know it now; the community college teacher can call upon the
database to collect material for a lecture on Henry Fielding's Tom
Jones; a research scholar working on Chaucer can extract a wealth of
data on early manuscripts of Canterbury Tales.
Equally important to teachers and students is the Society's decision
to make access to the database freely available on the Internet.
According to David L. Vander Meulen, Editor of Studies in
Bibliography, the project "honors the Society's mission to advance
bibliographical and textual scholarship, both by making existing
materials accessible in new and helpful ways and by providing a model
for the retrospective conversion of journals in the humanities."
Studies in Bibliography On-Line will be encoded in Standard
Generalized Mark-up Language (SGML), following the Text-Encoding
Initiative Guidelines (TEI), and will be available from the Electronic
Text Center's on-line library. Volume 7 of Studies (1955), along with
a cumulative table of contents for Volumes 1-49, is already available
Please address any queries to David L. Vander Meulen,
([log in to unmask]), or to David Gants, Project Director
([log in to unmask]).
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