New cross sections for the reaction ep --> ep eta are reported for total ce
nter of mass energy W = 1.5-1.86 GeV and invariant momentum transfer Q(2) =
0.25-1.5 (GeV/c)(2). This large kinematic range allows extraction of impor
tant new information about response functions, photocouplings, and etaN cou
pling strengths of baryon resonances. Newly observed structure at W similar
to 1.65 GeV is shown to come from interference between S and P waves and c
an be interpreted with known resonances. Improved values are derived for th
e photon coupling amplitude for the S-11(1535) resonance.