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BYU student uses Lee Library database to complete essay, win top prize

A Brigham Young University student recently received the grand prize from the international Early English Books Online/TCP Undergraduate Essay Competition, which involves researching Old English texts and images using the comprehensive EEBO database via the Internet.

Courtney Peacock, now a master’s degree candidate in art history at BYU, won the contest with her essay, “A New Israel: The Tetragrammaton and English Protestantism.” The essay analyzes the ancient religious symbol called the tetragrammaton, or the four Hebrew letters that form a biblical proper name of God, and how it was adopted into English Protestant iconography.

Peacock learned about the contest and conducted much of her research through the EEBO online link on the Harold B. Lee Library Web site.

“There are so many wonderful sources that the library offers and I find it difficult to discover them all unless you make the effort and search yourself,” Peacock said. “I was able to survey a large number of English texts from 1460 to 1700.”

For more information, contact Mike Hooper at (801) 422-6687.

Writer: Brian Rust

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