Resource Spotlight: Early European Books (EEB)

As Libraries collections grow in both electronic and print formats, much of what we collect represents the most current materials being released. You may not be aware, however, that we also build collections of historical material that have many applications for research and teaching.

In 2016, the Libraries purchased access to Early European Books from ProQuest, a collection of digitized works printed in Europe between 1450-1700. Materials emanate from the collections of the Danish Royal Library, the National Central Library in Florence, the National Library of France, the National Library of the Netherlands, and the Wellcome Library in London, the largest available collection of this nature.

The collection provides electronic, full-text access to thousands of books, including full page images, illustrations, and bindings.  The collection is also growing, as digitization efforts at other European institutions enable them to participate.

“Each item is captured in its entirety, complete with binding, edges, endpapers, blank pages and any loose inserts. The result is a wealth of information about the physical characteristics and histories of the original.”

EEB offers users a variety of advantages, among them:

  • the ability to locate early printed editions of works in their original languages;
  • opportunities to survey illustration, typography, and design practices in early European publishing, and;
  • access to the larger material aspects of the books included.

The collections can be searched broadly using keywords and bibliographic information, as well as by document features (illustrations, maps, printed marginalia, etc.) and by the library collections within which they appear. Individual books can be downloaded as pdfs or linked to in syllabi or course management systems.

Early European Books offers a continental complement to the hundreds of thousands of books available in Early English Books Online, which covers the same time period for books printed in England.


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Contributed by: Patrick Williams, Librarian for Literature, Rhetoric, and Digital Humanities

New resources recently added to Libraries’ collections

New resources offered by the Libraries include:

Birkhauser Building Types Database provides access to works on architecture design, including articles, building plans, and photos.

Disability in the Modern World: History of a Social Movement provides a visual and textual history of disability in culture. Features video and pages of primary sources, including letters, documents, news stories, government and institutional documents, oral histories, interviews, documentaries and related archival materials.

Early European Books, from ProQuest, provides the most comprehensive digitized collection of rare books and incunabula available. It includes a wide survey of the print output of Europe from 1450-1700, providing access to more than 45,000 titles. ProQuest is building Early European Books in partnership with major European libraries, including the National Library of France, the National Library of Florence, the National Library of the Netherlands, the Wellcome Library, London, and the Royal Library, Denmark.

NK News Pro is a research platform focusing on the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (North Korea). Includes proprietary and open source information on DPRK companies and trade, a DPRK experts list, economic indicators, import/export data and ship movements, leadership biographies, long form research analysis, and archives of KCNR (“Korean Central News Agency”) television news. Aggregates hundreds of news, think-tank, blog, and academic sources known for reliable DPRK coverage.

PrivCo provides access to business and financial information about private companies. Search for private companies, private market investors, venture capital funding deals, private mergers and acquisitions, and private equity deals. Includes a knowledge bank of terms and concepts related to the private market.

Spatial Hazard Events and Losses Database for the United States (SHELDUS) is a data set providing county-level information about natural hazard events from 1960 to present, compiled by the Hazards & Vulnerability and Research Institute at the University of South Carolina.

For additional information on accessing these resources, please use the Ask Us! page or contact your subject librarian. To suggest a new resource to the Libraries, use the Suggest a Title form.

ProQuest downtime scheduled for August 20-21, 2016

ProquestOn Saturday August 20, ProQuest will be performing a system upgrade, beginning at 10 p.m. and lasting for eight hours. During this time, access to the ProQuest products listed below will not be available:

Research databases

  • ProQuest platform (
  • ProQuest Congressional (
  • ProQuest Dialog (
  • Chadwyck-Healey US databases
  • CultureGrams
  • eLibrary (all editions)
  • ProQuest Digital Microfilm
  • ProQuest Obituaries
  • ProQuest Research Companion
  • SIRS (all editions)
  • Ancestry
  • Sanborn maps
  • Dissertation publishing
  • ProQuest/UMI ETD Administrator

Reference management/Research support tools

  • RefWorks
  • COS Funding Opportunities
  • COS Scholar Universe
  • Pivot
  • Papers Invited

Bibliographic and catalog enrichment resources

  • Books in Print®
  • LibraryThing for Libraries™
  • Resources for College Libraries
  • ProQuest Syndetic Solutions

Ex-Libris – Workflow Solutions

  • Intota Assessment

Users attempting to access these products during the downtime will be re-directed to a web page explaining the scheduled maintenance.

We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause.


Emerald Insight outage on Friday, 10/3

emeraldRoutine maintenance has been scheduled for Emerald Insight on Friday, October 3, 2014. Emerald resources will be unavailable for up to 15 minutes, beginning at 6 p.m. and lasting no longer than one hour. If you access the website during this time, you will receive a ‘connection timeout’, or similar message. Please note that this outage may also affect some functionality on


Libraries partner with Emerald Group Publishing to support EBV

EBV-sliderSyracuse University Libraries has brokered an agreement with Emerald Group Publishing to secure an extensive collection of eBooks and eJournals for use by participants in the Entrepreneurship Bootcamp for Veterans with Disabilities (EBV) program. Emerald representatives approached the libraries with an offer of support after viewing a “60 Minutes” segment in May 2013 about the EBV program.

Through this unprecedented partnership, Emerald content worth over $100,000 is available to EBV students at Syracuse University and seven partner institutions: Florida State University, UCLA, Texas A&M, Cornell University, University of Connecticut, Purdue University and Louisiana State University.

“During our work with veteran entrepreneurs, we stress the importance of doing their research, knowing their markets and the opportunities they are addressing,” says J. Michael Haynie, vice chancellor for Military and Veterans Affairs at Syracuse University and executive director of the Institute for Veterans and Military Families. “The eBooks and eJournals made available by Emerald to our students will provide them with competitive advantages as they start and grow their ventures.”

We thank Emerald Group Publishing for providing this generous incentive to enrich the educational and practical experience of those enrolled in the groundbreaking EBV program,” says K. Matthew Dames, interim dean of Libraries and University Librarian.

The Entrepreneurship Bootcamp for Veterans with Disabilities offers cutting edge, experiential training in entrepreneurship and small business management to post-9/11 veterans with disabilities resulting from their U.S. military service.

Supported by Syracuse University librarians, EBV participants will have access to research and scholarly content in several Emerald collections, including:

  • Emerald Management eJournals Premier Database: access to over 200 journals with comprehensive coverage across all management disciplines;
  • Emerald Emerging Markets Case Studies: peer-reviewed teaching cases focusing on business decision making and management development in key emerging markets;
  • Business, Management and Economics eBook package: a growing collection of over 890 volumes featuring innovative, international content;
  • Social Sciences eBook package: 400 volumes featuring cutting-edge, cross-disciplinary research in social science by high profile, international authors.

Because all of the content is online, students will be able to conduct their research from any location.

Michael J. Sugarman, senior vice president, Emerald North America, expressed enthusiasm for the new program, saying, “Emerald is delighted to partner with Syracuse University Libraries in supporting the Entrepreneurship Boot Camp for Veterans with Disabilities. As a publisher specializing in management, strategy and entrepreneurship, we recognize that some of the best leaders in the world are those who serve, or have served, in the U.S. military. Providing EBV with highest quality research in these subjects aligns fully with Emerald’s mission to link research and practice to the benefit of society.”

Emerald is a global publisher linking research and practice to the benefit of society. The company manages a portfolio of more than 290 journals and over 2,300 books and book series volumes. It also provides an extensive range of value-added products, resources and services to support its customers’ needs.

For more information on this program, contact Scott Warren (SU Libraries), James Schmeling (IVMF and EBV), or Eric Schwartz (Emerald Publishing).