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Simple Search

  • Wildcard Searching: Wildcard characters can be used anywhere in the search term. To wildcard only one character use ? (e.g wom?n for woman or women); for one or more characters use * (e.g. Epigram* for Epigrammata or Epigrams).
  • Phrase Searching: At this stage it is not possible to use phrase searching (offset with quotation marks in order to obtain a specific string of words in a given order). The closest that one can come to this is the Boolean “and” search for multiple terms within a filtered field choice (see below at Searchable Fields).
  • Result Displays: The first and shorter result display provides a header for the present “Location” (City, Institution, Library, Shelfmark) followed by number of folios, the Manuscript (or Context) information, and the attribution data for “Language, Country (of origin), and Century.” The faceted filters along the left side of the page display “Location, Language, Country, and Century” for all of the records discovered by your search. For each resulting manuscript, the heading in red links to the Full Record including All Images.

Advanced Search

  • Searching Multiple Terms: All terms entered into the single search box designated as Any Field will be combined into a single Boolean “and” search. For example, searching on “Italy green Phillipps” in an “Any Field” will seek manuscripts containing “Italy,” “green” and “Phillipps” in one single manuscript but across any number of fields within the description. The same results obtain if the search is performed utilizing three different Any Field boxes, one each to contain “Italy” and “green” and “Phillipps.” Thus, “Any Field” is equivalent to “All Fields.”
  • Searchable Fields: You may limit a search to a specific field from among Shelfmark, Author, Title, Docket, Language, Provenance, Binding, Caption (see the Data Dictionary [.doc] for definitions and examples), or to any combination of three of these fields. Multiple terms in any so-filtered search will be treated as if connected with the Boolean operator “and”; the search will find the occurrences of those words within a single field. For example, if the search is limited to Caption, and the terms are “Green Peter,” the result will be a caption in which St. Peter and a green initial are mentioned; there will be no results that either pull out the string “Green Peter” as a unit (there is no phrase searching), or that scatter the two words across many fields in a single manuscript description (such as Acknowledgments to Peter Kidd, and Binding with green silk fore edge ties).
  • Date Searching: Using the radio button, choose either Range of Dates, or Single Date.
  • Date Range Searching: You may specify any 4-digit year (use leading zeros when needed) in each search box for a range of dates. For example, a search on Earliest Date = 0900 and Latest Date = 0999 will result in answers not only for manuscripts dated to the 10th century (900 – 999), but also those dated to the turn of the ninth to the tenth century, 890-910, because “910” falls between 900 and 999.
  • Single Date Searching: This search performs in the same way as the Date Range Searching, in that the results will offer records in which the chosen year appears within a given span of years. For example, a search for “1492” will retrieve all the manuscripts catalogued as having been copied within the 15th century (1400 – 1499), all those copied within the second half of the century (1450 – 1499), all those copied within the fourth quarter of the century (1475 – 1499), all those copied at the end of the century (1480 – 1499), and all those copied at the turn of the century (1490 – 1510).If you wish to find only the manuscripts that are dated precisely to 1492 by their scribes, you can slightly narrow the search by adding to the above Single Date Search, the choice Dated = Yes (by clicking on the radio button). The results will, however, show all dated manuscripts in the above ranges.See a table of date equivalents [.doc] as used in Digital Scriptorium.