Teaching college students about centuries-old works of literature, as Karen Gevirtz does at Seton Hall University, is especially difficult considering this: there are no textbooks or course materials designed for Gevirtz’s “Catholic Women Writers of the 17th and 18th Centuries” course.
Many of the texts that do exist are housed thousands of miles away on bookshelves the majority of Gevirtz’s students will never have an opportunity to touch or feel, much less read and study. It’s why she often found herself scouring the library and wasting time searching for materials to support classroom lessons. It reminded Gevirtz of the limitations she experienced as a doctoral student; using microfilm for research that was cumbersome and slow. The databases weren’t much better; they, too, were slow, and also difficult to search. For years, not much would change for students seeking hard-to-find texts.
What students trying to connect with works that are hundreds of years old often find beneficial is appreciating those texts in their cultural context and seeing them in their original form. A great way to achieve this for students, according to Gevirtz, is Cengage Learning’s Eighteenth Century Collections Online (ECCO), a cloud-based compilation of teaching, learning, and research resources that includes every significant title printed in the United Kingdom in the 18th century and thousands from the Americas.
Besides studying the content of literature, Gevirtz strives to help students understand the context and conversations taking place around the time a work was published. ECCO helps students acquire this perspective and a deeper understanding by taking them back in time hundreds of years to see the actual works being studied.
In this Success Story, you’ll read how ECCO makes centuries of hard-to-find literature easy to access & instantly searchable, resulting in higher quality instruction. You’ll also learn about the ways this trusted research tool improves students’ learning experience in Karen Gevirtz’s course.