Monday, December 3, 2018

Browsing the Digital Syriac Corpus

How to Browse What Is Available in the Corpus
Are you curious about what texts are currently available in the Digital Syriac Corpus? This brief tutorial will walk you through the process of browsing the texts.
First, you can navigate to the home page of the Digital Syriac Corpus: Then, click the “Browse” button at the top of the page:
Home page for syriac corpus
On the Browse page, you will see the following display, which offers the possibility to toggle the browse results in three categories: Ancient Author, Title, and Syriac Title:
Corpus Browse page
In the default Author display, you will see a list of every single author who is represented in the corpus, including an “anonymous” category for texts that do not have attributed authors.
Next to the name of each author, there is a collapse button (+/-) which, when clicked, will expand to show the list of works associated with that author:
Expanded author list view
The Title view, seen below, allows federated search results so that the use can sort results by author and catalog (“catalog” here refers to the title of a work that contains smaller constitutive works):title browse display
Clicking on a single author or catalog will then limit the results displayed to the right:
federated title search view
And finally, the contents of the Corpus can also be sorted by Syriac titles, which also offers federated sorting options:
syriac title view
Hopefully this brief tutorial has helped orient you to how to search the contents of the Digital Syriac Corpus. Our catalog will expand quickly over the next several months, so this will be a helpful way to stay informed about our collection.

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