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If you are having difficulty finding what you are looking for the following tips may help.


Double-check for misspellings or typos: If you are unsure of the correctly spelling of a word you can try typing in the first few letters. This will bring up any images containing a word that partially matches these letters. For example, searching for the string 'col' will bring up any images containing the word 'colour'.

 

Searching for multiple words: You can enter any number of words within any of the keyword search boxes.

 

  • By default if you enter multiple keywords these will be linked with AND, for example 'red white blue', will bring up all images with the words 'red' AND 'white' AND 'blue' associated with them. You can also use 'AND' to perform the same search.


  • You can also search for images containing any of a series of keywords by using the word 'OR'. For example 'black or white' would bring up any images with either the words 'black' or 'white' associated with them.


Excluding words: You can exclude words from your search by putting a minus ('-') in front of the word you want to exclude. For example, 'colour -red' will result in all images that have the word 'colour' but not 'red' associated with them.

 

Exact phrase searching: Some keywords that you will be using will actually be phrases, such as 'fairy light' or 'sitting room'. As by default any words entered into a keyword search are separated by an 'AND', in order to find a keyword phrase you should enclose the required phrase in quotation marks " or '.

 

If you are searching by Shelfmark or Source you will need to follow the following guidelines:

 
  • The collection name should be written in full, except in the case of Additional manuscripts and charters where the abbreviations Add. and Ch. are used.

        Add.
        Add. Ch.
        Add. Or.
        Add. Roll
        Arundel
        Ashley
        Burney
        Cotton
        Seal
        Egerton
        Egerton Ch.
        Egerton Roll
        Hargrave
        Harley
        Kings
        Lansdowne
        Or.
        Papyrus
        Royal
        Sloane
        Stowe
        Stowe Ch.
        Yates Thompson
        Zweig


    Note: the abbreviation MS. is not generally used.

 

  • Most collection names are followed by a space, then a number in arabic figures

e.g. Add. 34567

 

  • Some manuscript volumes are further divided into lettered parts

e.g. Add. 34567 B.

 

  • Cotton Manuscripts: References include the name of a Roman Emperor or Empress, a letter and a roman numeral e.g. Cotton Julius A. I. Names of the emperors should be eneterd in full as follows:


        Julius
        Augustus
        Tiberius
        Caligula
        Claudius
        Nero
        Galba
        Otho
        Vitellius
        Vespasian
        Titus
        Domitian
        Cleopatra
        Faustina
        Appendix
        Fragments

 

Other complex references:


  • Seals: references for seals consist of roman numeral, stop, arabic number without spaces e.g. Seal XLVII.52

 

  • Royal: references consist of arabic number, space, letter, stop, space, roman numeral. The letter and roman number are upper case e.g. Royal 2 B. VII

 

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