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Organisation

This online catalogue is based on the Catalogue of the Hebrew Manuscripts in the Bodleian Library, vol. ii, by Adolf Neubauer and Arthur Ernest Cowley, Oxford 1906. It is arranged according to the following categories:

  • Volume - A bound set of fragments.
  • Fragment - codicological and palaeographical unit.
  • Person - Information relating to any person mentioned in a Fragment.

Each individual record of each category has its own profile page. Each of these pages has a link to other category records associated with it.

Ways to search

There are three main ways to search the data:

  • You can try the Browse, which lists many of the sub categories in alphabetical order.
    e.g. Browse shelfmarks.
  • The Quick search which appears at the top of every page. This returns a list of those objects which match your search terms within the abovementioned categories (person, fragment, volume).
    e.g. A Isaac search.
  • The Advanced search which returns fragments associated with your more complex query.
    A person search for "Abraham b. Hillel" in the fragments.

Search tips

In search terms you can use additional formatting to improve search results. These include:

quotation marks (")
You can place quotation marks around multiple words so that only that specific phrase will be found. Anonymous commentaries produces many more results than "Anonymous commentaries" (i.e. with quotes)
AND / OR
You can combine words into groups using these logic operators and brackets. AND is used as the default. For example you could search for Abraham AND (Nissam OR Nathan) which will find records with Abraham and eitherNissam or Nathan.
plus (+) / minus(-)
With the plus and minus you can define which phrasesmust be found and those which must not be found. The plus is default. For example Liturgical -pieces -piece will return everything with the word liturgical but not the words pieces nor piece.
wildcards(*,?)
You can use wildcard values to match only part of words. A question mark (?) will match a single character while the asterix will match one or more characters. A search for astro* will match words like "astronomy", "astrological" and "astrology"

You can combine these options into a single query, such as: (astro* -astrological) AND "the planets".

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The result page from searches on the home or advanced pages also include additional filters for your search. You can select from a list of filters located to the left of the results by default. You can add and remove new filters with the plus and minus buttons next to each filter.

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