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How to use the Encyclopedia Database

The Encyclopedia Database is an XML-based database, containing digitized materials in TEI format.

The database is developed by members of Cluster's Project D11 "Hidden Grammars of Transculturality - Migrations of Encyclopedic Knowledge and Power".

Contents of the database are excerpts from encyclopedic works from all over the world, mainly from the time of the 19th and 20th centuries. These excerpts are provided as digitized full text, scanned original pages, annotated images, and metadata.

There are various search and browse function to find contents in the database.

Browse function:

one can list the available contents according to

  • title of the encyclopedia,
  • title of the entry,
  • keyword with which we tagged a single entry,
  • content marked up like person, place, people, period, institution, religion, language, etc.
  • or any combination of these.

Search function:

one can directly look for

  • any full text within the data
  • lemmata
  • content markup like person, place, people, period, institution, religion, language, etc.
  • The search for contents that are already marked up is very convenient, as it will give results in many languages. Thus one can quickly compare sources on one topic in different languages and cultures.

View function:

one can 

  • view the full text version of the single entries
  • see the content markup in the full text
  • click on content markup and do with it either:
    • a new search
    • or follow the link to external resources
  • see a thumbnail of the original page
  • click on the thumbnail to view the enlarged original page
  • view images that appear in the original, accompanied by annotations
  • go to translations or summaries of the selected entry, if available
  • go to the metadata page of the selected encyclopedia
  • start a new search for the keyword which the selected article is subordinated to
  • (in the future: one can make annotations and reply interactively to comments by others)

Metadata function:

one can 

  • look up metadata on the encyclopedic works in the database
  • choose one encyclopedia as starting point and go to
    • articles of this encyclopedia in the database
    • title pages
    • prefaces and postfaces
    • translations and annotations of parts, if available
    • advertisements in and for this encyclopedia
    • further resources, if available
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