Tuesday, June 27, 2006

Women Writers Online - Enhancements

The Brown University Women Writers Project (http://www.wwp.brown.edu) is pleased to announce the launch of a new and significantly expanded version of Women Writers Online. Available starting in the first week of June, the new release includes powerful new text analysis tools, new texts, and a magnificently fast search engine that makes waiting for search results a thing of the past. Women Writers Online is a full-text collection of pre-Victorian women's writing in English, encoded in detailed TEI/XML, and published for use in research and teaching.

New Tools
The new WWO interface is built on top of the Philologic search engine developed at the University of Chicago (http://philologic.uchicago.edu). In addition to improved speed, it offers the following features for in-depth searching and analysis of text:

--detailed word frequency statistics
--context-sensitive searching
--sequential search refinement
--searching on similar words
--keyword-in-context display
--word in clause position
--collocation analysis
--detailed results bibliography

New Texts
The new release adds texts by the following authors:

Hannah Adams
Anne Askew
Jane Barker
Margaret Cavendish
Caroline Cushing
Esme Stuart Erskine
Deborah Gannett
Mary Austin Holley
Elizabeth Singer Rowe
Elizabeth Elkins Sanders
Phillis Wheatley
[more if there are more by then]

Please visit the Women Writers Project at http://www.wwp.brown.edu and have a look. The new site will become active in the first week of June, but is available in beta mode until then. We welcome your feedback and suggestions for further improvement to the site: please send comments to wwpcomments@brown.edu.

All site URLs will remain unchanged, including links to the main WWO page and to individual title-level URLs. However, during the cutover period there may be a brief interval in which title-level URLs are temporarily broken. We appreciate your patience as we make this change.

The old version of WWO will remain available for a month following this launch, linked from the main WWO site, to allow users time to become familiar with the new version.