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Medieval Memoria Online

Manual 2. Search using Browse database

The MeMO database can be searched for:

  • Objects: tomb monuments and floor slabs, and memorial images
  • Text carriers: text carriers that contain narrative sources that had a function in the commemoration of the dead and/or memorial registers
  • Original institutions: the institutions in which the objects and texts had a function

The Browse facility allows the user to search for records by selecting a specific aspect (also called criterion of facet). This is referred to as filtered (faceted) search. There are six main facets for all objects, and these are extended into a number of subfacets in the case of objects and text carriers that facilitate further restrictions on the selection. Every facet allows the specification of specific facet values that define the search. The facet values do not support subvalues.

The Browse function allows you to quickly select groups of sources, such as all objects from a specific region, or all objects and text carriers from specific types of institution. Such selections are not supported by the Search facility. (see Manual.4 for the Search facility). The Browse facility comprises the following main facets, facets and subfacets:

  • What
    • Memorial objects
      • Type of memorial object
        • Floor slab
        • Tomb monument
        • Commemorative marker
        • Memorial piece (consisting of one part)
        • Memorial piece (consisting of more than one part)
      • Elements present on objects
        • Decorations
        • Heraldry
        • Inscriptions
        • Portraits
        • Saints
      • Information available about
        • Artist
        • Commemorated party
        • Commissioning party
    • Text carriers
      • Type of text carrier
        • Manuscript with more than one text
        • Manuscript with one text
        • Printed text (edition) with one text
        • Printed text (edition) with more than one text
        • Transcription with more than one text
        • Transcription with one text
      • Surrogates available
        • Edition
        • Facsimile
      • Memorial text type
        • Biographies (Narrative source with one or more biographies)
        • Chronicles (Narrative source containing one or more historical events)
        • Register of gifts
        • Register of graves
        • Register of memorial services
        • Register of names
        • Register of pittances
      • Information available about
        • Commissioning party
        • Author/compiler/scribe
        • Function of memorial text(s)
    • Original institutions
  • Where (Type of original institution)
    • Chapter
    • Chapel
    • Corporation (e.g. confraternity, guild)
    • Hospital or orphanage
    • Monastery, convent or religious house
    • Parish
  • Where (location of original institution)
    • List of Dutch provinces
  • Where (holding institution)
    • List of countries where the objects and text carriers are being kept
  • When (from)
    • List of periods (50 year intervals)
  • When (until)
    • List of periods (50 year intervals)

When using dates in a search, you must consider that When (from) selects everything that was produced from the year that was selected. By subsequently clicking When (until), you can indicate the latest date of the period for the search. If you are searching for objects, text carriers and/or institutions from the period 1450-1500 you will select 1450 in the When (from) list, and 1500 in the When (until) list.

Once a facet has been selected, it appears at the top, under Criteria. By clicking an already selected facet, you remove it from the search. Only one facet value can be selected within each facet when using the Browse facility. The Search facility allows several facet values for each facet (see Manual.4).

The numbers show for the facets and sub-facets the number of records (descriptions of objects, text carriers and institutions) that meet that specific criterion.