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Text transcript of Tutorial No.5 - Explore Bibliographic Data

Parker on the Web also contains valuable bibliographical data, pointing to scholarship about the Parker manuscripts. The citations relevant to each specific manuscript can be accessed through the manuscript description. For example, let's go to the manuscript description for MS 50 . We could do that by browsing the manuscript numbers or by searching for manuscript 50. Then we'll go to the description. In the header to the description, click "Bibliography".

This produces a number of pieces of bibliography which discuss MS 50 in particular or the texts found within it. By clicking 'Comments' for each reference, you can view a brief comment which explains how that piece of bibliography is relevant to the manuscript in question. Each reference has been established by the Parker on the Web team, and each citation is the team's link between the book or article and the manuscript in question. To see all the citations with their associated comments, click "expand all results".

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Alternatively, all the site's bibliographical information can be interrogated by selecting "search" from the main menu and then clicking the "bibliography" tab. To find items published about the Benedictine monk, scholar, and cardinal Adam Easton in the Parker collection, enter "Adam Easton", in quotation marks, in the 'Keyword' search box. The search returns results for a number of items of bibliography, and again you can expand all references to see the comments associated with each citation. Note that from these citations, as with all search results, you can go directly to the description of the manuscript(s) mentioned in them.

Let's try another search: to find secondary sources with the word map or maps in the title, we'll use the back arrow in our browser to return to the search page, delete our previous query, and enter 'map' in the title box. Note that by adding an asterisk to the end of your search term, that is "map*", you can conduct a 'wild card' search that will produce results that include terms such as 'maps' and 'mappa' as well as 'map'.

This search returns several results. Let's expand the reference for Barber, P., "The Evesham World Map..." in the journal Imago Mundi by clicking the link to Comments. Notice that this article relates to four manuscripts in the Parker collection: 21, 117, 164, and 367. [circle the above ms numbers in the results display.]

From the list of comments, we'll choose manuscript 21 as an example. To navigate to this manuscript from the bibliography, click the link "View long description of MS 21". From the Long description of MS 21 you can see that the second item is the 'mappa mundi' located at folio nine recto. You can get to this image in several ways; by clicking on 'Images' as the top of the description and then scrolling through or jumping straight to it in the 'Page Turn' view, or simply by clicking the link to the left of the item in the description. Either action will take you to the almond-shaped map of the world centred on Jerusalem discussed in the article. Invoke "Zoom View" to examine the map closely. If we zoom in on the centre of the page, we can see the label for Jerusalem.