The Schoenberg Center for Electronic Text and Image (SCETI) is a digital library at the University of Pennsylvania (UP). Created in 1996, SCETI publishes virtual copies of rare books and manuscripts from the 9th through the 20th centuries in the UP Library's collections. The Web page states that its mission is "to make accessible to the global community of scholars and researchers primary source materials that would otherwise be difficult to access."
Users can browse the site by author, collection, period (century), language, and format. The site can also be searched with an extensive search screen that includes such choices as format (correspondence, image, manuscript, or printed book) and period. Searches can also be limited by the SCETI online collection, such as 19th-Century American History; the Edgar Fahs Smith Collection, concentrating on the history of chemistry; the Lawrence J. Schoenberg Collection, focusing on late medieval and early modern manuscripts; the Dreiser Web Source, offering primary and secondary sources on Theodore Dreiser; the Furness Shakespeare Library; and the UP Art Collection.
The art is attractively presented with full information about each piece (artist, title, size, medium, and date). The text pages are facsimiles of the original and are easy to read. Text and some image pages allow visitors to zoom in or out and to arrange the page in a printable format. A unique feature of this site is the ability to view Shakespeare's folios side-by-side.
SCETI also includes a link to UP's English Renaissance in Context (ERIC). This site provides scholars and students with multimedia tools about Shakespeare and the English Renaissance. It includes tutorials on several works of Shakespeare (Romeo and Juliet, The Merchant of Venice, Richard III, and King Lear) and information about publishing during the Renaissance.
SCETI does not analyze primary texts but presents them in a thorough, organized, and easily searchable format for researchers. The ERIC section is indispensable to anyone teaching Shakespeare's works. UP has done a beautiful job of digitizing its rare collections and sharing them with the rest of the world.
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