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Medioevo Latino Help Sheet

Insert the CD-Rom into the PC#3 drive D
In the Start menu, go to "CD-ROMS" then to "Medioevo Latino," and click on the Medioevo Latino icon.

You will now see a splash screen with five flags on the left hand side.
Choose the flag according to what language you want to use.

A window will appear that say "loading, please wait…" and a blue progress bar should be moving in the middle of the window. (If it pauses for too long, then the program may have crashed.)

You will end up at a screen that look like this:

You can find out what any of the buttons do by letting your mouse linger over it. A yellow tag will appear and explain the function of the button.

The way the search options are arranged is not conventional, but it makes sense. All the buttons on the left hand side are actually menu items, and when you click on them, more buttons will appear next to them. For example, if you click on the middle button (the yellow manuscript) you will get the following buttons to pop up:

The top button in the second column adds the place of preservation to the search. As an example, we will click on it and add "Rome". We then get the following result:

Pressing the button again allows you to add another place of preservation to the search, and specify the boolean operator you want to use on your search terms. So you can search Rome and Florence, but exclude Paris:

Everything in this program is very straightforward. The top buttons are, in order:

  • create new search
  • load previously saved search
  • save current search
  • correct search parameter (the items under the folders in the main white screen, e.g. "Rome")
  • delete search parameter
  • search (given current parameters)

If you go to the "Users" tab, you can create a user profile for yourself so that whenever you save your searches, it will list them under your own user profile. This is good especially for class situations, and each student can save his/her searches under his own name so that there is no clutter of many different saved searches that you have to wade through to find your own.

Click on "Users".

Create a new user using the button on the side (or load your user profile using one of the side buttons.

If you are creating a new user, you can now save searches, and the program will remember that the searches you save should be listed under your name. If you are loading an old user profile, the computer will list all of your previously saved searches in a text box in the bottom half of the screen.

Another important aspect of the program is the "Options" menu, which allows you to tell the program how you want your search results sorted, etc. Click on the "Options" tab to get to this menu. Sometimes the program will run quite slow…this is because it is a Java program and Java programs do not run as fast as normally compiled programs. Don’t worry if it pauses for a few seconds. If it takes to long to un-pause, then the program probably froze. This is why you probably want to save your searches so that you don’t lose them if the program does freeze.


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