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Early European Books (EEB)

Printed sources from continental Europe to 1700, now in ProQuest

List of Searchable Fields

Field Name

Label

Search Examples & Explanation

Accession/Bibliographic Number

AN

AN(LN 356)

alphanumeric entry used in STCI and Wing – see the Abbreviations reference box to view complete references to abbreviations in the bibliographic name/number field

  Alternate Title

OTI

 OTI(Epistul*)

 Generally taken from the library catalogue, and might include short titles, translated titles and uniform titles, e.g.: Epistolæ astronomicæ.

Author

AU

 

AU(Galilei, Galileo)

AU(Galileo Galilei)

The Author field covers names of authors, editors, publishers, companies and performers. Personal names can be entered either forename followed by surname or surname, forename. Author names are standardized by using the Library of Congress name form as an authority form.

The LookUp list in Advanced Search or Command Line and the list in Browse can be used to browse and select names from the index. When selecting from a list of names, the names of people are listed in the format: surname, forename. 

 Country of Publication

CP

 CP(Germany)

 Search records by the country in which the work in question was printed/published. See list of covered countries here.

The list in Browse can be used to browse and select countries from the index.

 Document Notes

NT

 NT(8vo)

 This field contains miscellaneous information. It mostly points out details specific to the copy in question (torn pages, fingerprints, wear and tear, anomalies or eccentricities in its presentation). It also might occasionally include some provenance information or detailed Incipit and Explicit information.  It also includes Physical description (8vo or Octavo) and Pagination.

(Incipit and Explicit – medieval manuscripts usually began with the word “Incipit” (“Here begins…”), often in rubricated text. So too did the beginning of each chapter or division contained within that manuscript. Similarly, these manuscripts and their constituent chapter endings would finish with the word “Explicit” (“Here ends…”). Some early modern texts continued this tradition, and use of these terms also found its way into library annotation).

 Document Feature

DF

 DF.exact("Illuminated Lettering")

 Document Feature search allows users to find documents that contain examples of 18 different kinds of special feature (listed here). e.g. Coat of arms; Illuminated lettering; Portrait – value add indexing added by ProQuest as part of the digitization.

The Document Feature box in Advanced Search can be used to browse and select definitions from the list.

 Document Type

DTYPE

 DTYPE(BOOK)

 All the documents in the databases are of the same type: Book.

 Document Title

TI

 TI(Fideles)

The title is transcribed directly from the title page of the print volume, e.g. Tychonis Brahe Dani Epistolarvm astronomicarvm libri, quorum primvs hic illvstriss: et lavdatiss: principis Gvlielmi Hassiae landtgravii ac ipsius Mathematici literas, vnaq; Responsa ad singulas complectitur.

This is supplemented by the Alternative Title field.

 Language

LA

 LA(LATIN)

 ProQuest adds this information where it’s not present in the library catalogue record. See list of covered languages here.

 The Language box in Advanced Search and the list in Browse can be used to browse and select languages from the index.

 Place of Publication

PUBCITY

 PUBCITY(Aachen)

 Use Place of publication to retrieve documents published from a specific location. Terms are harmonized based on the CERL Thesaurus. The harmonized term will retrieve texts with all the historic variants of the name. See an example of variants on the left.

The LookUp list in Advanced Search or Command Line can be used to browse and select names from the index.

 Publisher

PB

 PB(Elsevier*)

 PB(Manuzio)

Use Printer/publisher name to retrieve documents published by a specific printer or publisher.

The LookUp list in Advanced Search or Command Line can be used to browse and select names from the index.

 Publication Year

PY, YR

 PY(1457)

 YR(1664-1699)

 Use a single year or series of years (separated by a hyphen) to search for every issue published during that year or that course of years.

Early European Books limits itself to providing high-resolution images of items printed before 1701. However, some of the sources upon which it is based associate pre-1701 imprints with later items, and in a number of cases it has been found necessary to capture later material in order to provide the fullest possible access to the pre-1701 printed record. So there may be documents dated later than 1701.  The earliest publication date is approximately 1450, the approximate date of the first European printed books. Please note that the earliest publication date in your search results will vary depending on which collection(s) you have access to.

 The list in Browse can be used to browse and select years or decades from the index.

 Source library

SIN

 SIN(Nederland)

 The current contributing libraries are 5 (see list here). The list of source libraries displayed will vary depending on which collection(s) you have access to.

The LookUp list in Advanced Search or Command Line can be used to browse and select names of the Source Libraries from the index.

 Source Type

STYPE

 Stype(books)

 All the documents in the databases are from the same source type: Books.

 Subject Headings (All)

MAINSUBJECT

 Mainsubject.Exact("art forms")

 The 'subject' search enables researchers to select from a list of terms provided by the 5 different source libraries, presented as one integrated list of terms.

We retain the source library’s subject indexing where this is available.

The LookUp list in Advanced Search or Command Line can be used to browse and select terms from the index.

 Subject

SU

 SU(ART)

 The subject field will encompass search in the Mainsubject and USTC subject classification fields

 USTC subject classification

USTC

 USTC.Exact("Art and architecture")

 The Universal Short Title Catalogue (USTC) is a collective database of all books published in Europe between the invention of printing and the end of the sixteenth century. USTC subject classifications have been added to Early European Books records, adding a further searchable component to the collection.

There are 38 subject categories. These are a standardized version of the USTC classification scheme. See detailed description of each term here.

The LookUp list in Advanced Search or Command Line can be used to browse and select terms from the index.