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Scottish Chapbooks Catalogue Information

Introduction

The Scottish Chapbooks Catalogue is the product of a co-operative project between the Glasgow-Strathclyde School of Scottish Studies and Glasgow University Library. It records chapbooks published in Scotland with full details of their contents. The first phase, supported by funds from the British Academy, covers some 1,800 chapbooks held by Glasgow University Library. (Note that work is still in progress and contents of some chapbooks recorded have still to be listed.) Holdings of other repositories will be added as details become available.

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How to search the Scottish Chapbooks Catalogue

Two methods of searching are available and outlined below: Book and Works. There is also an option to search for details of Repositories holding chapbooks listed in the Catalogue. Choose which serves your needs best and click on the appropriate button in the Welcome to the Scottish Chapbooks Catalogue screen. A new search may also be started by clicking on the appropriate button on other screens within the Chapbooks Catalogue.

Book Search

This option searches for details of a complete chapbook. Search options available are:

Author

This option searches for a named author or editor responsible for the chapbook as a whole. Enter surname or other entry name first, followed by forename or first initial, separated by a comma. (Note that most chapbooks were published anonymously.)

Title

This option searches for words or phrases in the title as given on the title-page. It is not case sensitive, but punctuation and spacing must be exact. It is not necessary to key more than the first few words of a long title.

Place

This option searches for the name of the town in which a chapbook was published. Enter the name as spelt in standard reference works in English.

Publisher

This option searches for the name of a publisher. In the case of personal names, enter surname first, followed by forename or first initial.

Series

This option searches for the title of a series in which chapbooks have been published. It is not case sensitive, but punctuation and spacing must be exact. It is not necessary to key more than the first few words of a long title.

Call number

This option searches by the Library’s call number and can be:

specific e.g. Bh13-d.3

more general e.g. Bh13

Combining Search Terms

Any combination of up to four of the above criteria may be specified. Click on the arrow and click the appropriate category in the list displayed if you wish to change a default category. Type your search term(s) in the corresponding box. The default operator, to the right, is ‘and’; click on the appropriate arrow if you wish to change this to ‘or’.

You may search for more than one keyword or phrase by utilising multiple Title boxes: e.g. typing the phrase man of war in the first box retrieves only six hits, while typing man in the first box and war in the second box retrieves fifteen hits (i.e. retrieves those titles where both man and war appear, but not necessarily adjacently).

Limiting Searches

In addition, the search can be further limited by Year or Repository. Limiting to a year or range of years is recommended if searching by a common term or the call number of a large collection.

Year

This option limits searches by year of publication of chapbooks. Type the earliest and latest years you wish to specify in the appropriate boxes. To limit the search to a single year type this in the first box only. By default all years are searched.

Repository

This option limits searches to the holdings of a specific repository. Click on the appropriate arrow to display a list of these and click on the chosen repository to select it. By default, all repositories are searched. (NB. at present, only records from Glasgow University Library have been added to the catalogue)

Displaying Results

Click on the Search button to display a list of chapbooks matching your criteria.

In the list of chapbooks click on More Details to the right of the description to see the detailed Book Record. Repository codes, call numbers and copy-specific details of all copies are given below the details common to all copies.

Click on Repository code (e.g. GUL) to see details of repository.

Click on List of works contained in this book to display a list of the chapbook’s contents.

In the list of works click on More Details to the right of the description to see the detailed Work Record.

Work Search

This option searches for an individual work, e.g. ballad, published in a chapbook or chapbooks. Search options available are:

Author

This option searches for a named author or editor responsible for an individual ballad or other work contained in a chapbook. Enter surname or other entry name first, followed by forename or first initial, separated by a comma. (Note that many works were published anonymously.)

Title

This option searches for the title (if any) as given at the head of the work, beginning with the first word. It is not case sensitive, but punctuation and spacing must be exact. It is not necessary to key more than the first few words of a long title.

First Line (begins with)

This option searches for the first line of the work, beginning with the first word. It is not case sensitive, but punctuation and spacing must be exact. It is usually not necessary to key more than the first few words.

First Line (phrase in)

This searches for keywords or phrases in the first line (or in some cases first few lines) of the work. It is not case sensitive, but punctuation and spacing must be exact.

Combining Search Terms

Any combination of up to four of the above criteria may be specified. Click on the arrow and click the appropriate category in the list displayed if you wish to change a default category. Type your search term(s) in the corresponding box. The default operator, to the right, is ‘and’; click on the appropriate arrow if you wish to change this to ‘or’.

You may search for more than one keyword or phrase by utilising multiple First Line (phrase in) boxes: e.g. typing the phrase northern chiefs in first box retrieves only nine hits, while typing northern in the first box and chiefs in the second box retrieves eleven hits (ie. retrieves those lines where both northern and chiefs appear, but not necessarily adjacently).

Displaying Results

Click on the Search button to display a list of works matching your criteria.

In the list of works click on More Details to the right of the description to see the detailed Work Record.

Click on List of books containing this work to display a list of the chapbooks in which it appears.

In the list of books click on More Details to the right of the description to see the detailed Book Record.

Repository Search

This option selects a particular repository. (NB. at present, only records from Glasgow University Library have been added to the catalogue).

From the Welcome to the Scottish Chapbooks Catalogue screen click on the arrow to display a list of repositories and click on the repository name to display details.

Or

From other screens click on the Repository Search button to display a list of repositories and click on More Details to the right of the appropriate repository’s name to display details.

Click on the URL to go to the repository website’s home page for further information.

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