Arabus et Latinus

How to search the JORDANUS database

Clicking the button brings you to the search screen which consists of two main areas:

Browse the following lists:


Search database:

The former lets you browse in dynamically generated lists, whereas the latter presents you with fields for inputting search terms. For a quick orientation of  the content of the database fourdifferent lists can be browsed: authors, titles, incipits, and shelf marks.

A search via search fields is more complicated. The main area of this part of the screen consists of a number of input fields, in which the search terms are typed. The database fields in which these terms are to be searched may be selected from a dropbox to the left of each input field. You may either use the shown default settings for the database fields (multiple search terms do not need to be entered in consecutive search fields) or select different database fields from the dropboxes.

The list of searchable fields is as follows (field names in bold face can be considered as the core fields):

Ms.Code A unique number assigned internally to every text description in the database.
City The name of the place in which the library is situated.
Library The name of the library.
Shelfmark The current shelfmark of the manuscript, and, when known, former shelf marks.
Author The author of a text and other important names related to this text.
Title The more or less standardized title of a text or the title under which a text is generally known.
Incipit The incipit(s) or other initial text parts.
Explicit The explicit or other closing text parts.
Contents The table of contents, if one is provided by the text.
Century The century in which the text was written.
Year The year in which the text was written.
Language The language in which the text was written.
Subject Subject of the text.
Place of origin Place, where the text was written or copied.
Owner's notes Notes of the owner/the owners of the text.
Previous owner(s) Previous owners of the text.
TK Column number in Lynn Thorndike & Perl Kibre: A Catalogue of Incipits of Mediaeval Scientific Writings in Latin. 2nd edition. New York 1963

You can use the following wildcards in the search fields:

' . ' (period) or ' _ ' (underscore) for a single character,
' * ' (asterisk) or ' % ' (percentage sign) for any number of characters.
Entries in separate entry fields are connected with boolean 'AND'; boolean 'OR' can be indicated within a field by '|'.

We strongly recommend to make frequent use of wildcard searches, in particular for names and titles, because these have not been standardized.

The Search button starts the search and the Reset button clears the entry fields of any previous input.

At the right hand side of the screen, just above the search entry fields there is another dropbox, called "Output format", that enables you to choose the amount of information a successful search will produce. The default value in this dropbox is "Short form". That means that the result of a search will only show you the most basic information about a text - just enough to identify it, i. e. the unique internal number of this text, the names of the city and library, the shelfmark, the name of the author and additional names, and the title. The other choices are:

Whole Ms. General description of the manuscript(s) found with information on all texts contained in them.
Ms. and Text Information about all copies of a single text, together with the general description of the manuscript(s) in which it is contained.
Text Information about a single text together with basic information on all manuscripts in which it is contained.

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