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In Principio. Incipit Index of Latin Texts on CD-Rom

This database contains 400,000 incipit records that come from the files of the Institut de Recherche et d'Histoire des Textes, augmented with new analysis and a first portion of the important incipit file of the Hill Monastic Manuscript Library. By comparison to other incipit collections, In Principio is distinguished by its wide ranging, "generalist" character:

Chronologically, it covers all Latin texts that have been transmitted in manuscript since the origins of Latin literature up to about 1500 when the manuscript was replaced by printed texts. Thus, In Principio covers ancient, patristic, medieval, and humanist Latin literature.

All literary genres are included : theology and the liberal arts, history and poetry, medicine and liturgy, civil law and canon law, the exact and occult sciences. Summas and sermons,glossaries and correspondence, cooking recipes and cursing formulas, large and small treatises, and isolated sentences.

Using Database

In Principio provides, on the basis of the incipit:

Search by any word of the incipit
Place the cursor in the incipit field, type in the letters of the word to be searched and press <ENTER>. The search is made immediately and, after few seconds, the screen will display to the right of the incipit field a number that corresponds with the number of incipits that contain the searched word in that grammatical form. Press the function key <F3>(display). You will see a list of responses. If you need to see one of the responses in more detail, select it with the cursor keys and press the function key <F2>(complete).
Search by browsing through the incipits
Place the cursor in the incipit field, press <F2>. A pull-down menu will appear with the choice between "Words" and "Entries". Select ENTRIES with the cursor and press <ENTER>. This will place you at the beginning of the incipit list. You can move about this list either by using a cursor keys or by typing the initial letters of the first word of the incipit. Select the incipit you wish to query and then press <ENTER>
Search by browsing through the words of the incipit
Place the cursor in the incipit field, press <F2>. A pull-down menu will appear with the choice between WORDS and ENTRIES. Select WORDS with the cursor and press <ENTER>. This will place you at the beginning of the list of the words contained in the incipits. You can move about the list either by using a cursor keys or by typing the initial letters of the word you are seeking. Select the word you wish to query and then press <ENTER>
Language Options
You can switch between French and English option by selecting "LANGUAGE OPTION", pressing the space bar, then select the language desired with the cursor keys. Press <ENTER>.
Print: to print out all or part of the responses obtained a number of options are offered :
Document format -- to select an order and predetermined fields to be printed. Place the cursor on the entry zone "Document Format" and press the space bar to open an option window. A sub-menu will appear. Select with the cursor keys and press <ENTER>.

Fields to Include -- to select what you want to print from each record. (Unless you specify otherwise, records will be printed completely :"all fields enabled.") To indicate which part of the record you want to print, enter the option "Fields to Include" and press a space bar. The complete list of fields will be displayed. To unmark the fields that you do not want to print, move the cursor keys to each of the fields you want to "de-select" and press the space bar.

What Range -- to select which records (and not which fields) you want to print. Place the cursor in the field "What Range" and press the space bar. A menu will appear containing several options; make your selection with the cursor and press <ENTER.>

Save all or part of the responses obtained you must select the format, name the file that will be exported and define several export options.
Move the cursor to "Export" and press the space bar to obtain the list of options.
For More Information
Consult the on-line help or the user manual.

   
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