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A New User's Guide to DATABASE II


If you do not need a guide, go directly to Database II

The first page of Database II is headed
'Monastic Database Browser'
below which you are offered a choice of
offer you a choice of
'Archives'
'Houses'
'Properties'

Note that for 'Properties' it is better to search in Database I, which provides more information.

# For most academic users, 'Archives' is likely to be the most interesting, because it enables you to search by genre of document. These genres correspond to the types of document analysed in the 'Typology of Monastic Sources'

'Archives' will take you to a page headed
'Home/Archives
4209 Archives'

As you eye travels down you will be invited to:
Please pick your selection filter from the following field options:
Pre-1066, Late eleventh century, Twelfth century, Thirteenth century, Fourteenth century, Fifteenth century, Sixteenth century, Genre of document, County, Order, Repository, Copies or transcripts, Date of creation, House

The date categories, from 'Pre-1066' to 'Sixteenth century', are reached in two stages.
•    If you click on say 'Twelfth century' you will see two bands. Each has a 'y'. Ignore the upper band and move to the lower one, which is also lower case. Click on it to get access to archival documents relating to that century.
•    You will be brought to a list giving the beginning of each item. Scroll down until you find what you want and click.
•    Alternatively, if you are looking for documents from a particular religious house, use your browser's 'Find(on this page)' feature, in most cases the key combination "Ctrl + F" will bring this up, (you may have to go to 'Edit' or 'Tools' first, depending upon the web  browser you are using), then type the name of the religious house into the box. You will be taken to the first item relating to that house. Click on it to examine it, then return to 'Find (on this page)'; the name will still be in the box. Click on 'Find next' to the right of the box, to reach the next item relating to that house.
•    After clicking, the first thing you will see is a list of centuries, with a 'y' beside any century to which the item is relevant. As you you scroll down, you will find more information about the document or documents: the genre, the call-number ('Refcode') and Repository, and printed versions.

The Genre of document  link will take you straight to a list of monastic documents, corresponding, as noted above, to the 'Typology of Monastic Sources'. Choose the genre you want, click on it, and you will find a list of documents that the project team classified as belonging to that genre.
•    To go to documents of that genre connected with a given religious house, use the  'Find(on this page)' procedure, that works in ur browser, as explained above.
•    Equally, you can do word searches for order, repository, etc, by typing, say 'Benedictine' or 'Bodleian' into the 'Find (on this page)' box.

Follow analogous procedures to search under 'County', 'Order', 'Repository', 'Copies or transcripts', 'Date of creation', or (Religious) 'House'

# Another point of entry into the data collected by the project is by 'Houses' - i.e. Religious Houses - monasteries etc. If you click on this you will be given a choice of:

'Religious House name', 'County', 'Order', 'Type', 'Start Year', 'End Year'.
Most of these categories explain themselves, but note that 'Type' enables you to search by 'abbey', alien priory', 'cathedral priory', 'college' (only one of these listed!), 'monastic college', and 'priory'.
When you click on one of these links, and are presented with a list, you can refine your search with the 'Find (on this page)' procedure outlined above.

# The opening page of Database II also invites you to to search under 'Properties', but, as noted above, Database I is superior where property searches are concerned and you are advised to move to it. If you prefer to do a rapid search in Database II on 'Properties' a click will take you to a second a list will appear: 'House name', 'Property type', 'Property name', 'Alternative property name', 'Parish name, 'County name', 'Start year', 'End year'. Most of these categories are self explanatory, but note that 'Property type' gives you the following categories that may be especially interesting to social and economic historians: 'Church' (i.e. parish church 'owned' by a monastery), 'Manor', 'Urban property', and 'Chapel'. Once you have clicked on one of these categories you can refine your search by following the procedures described above.

# The foregoing will enable you to take your own first steps in exploring the riches of the database. As you get to know it better, you will find new ways of turning this hard-won data into living History.

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Page last modified on 29 jun 11 17:38 by Simon G Renton