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For technical questions please contact Jan Pieter Kunst.
For linguistic or other questions please contact Sjef Barbiers.
(This search engine is still in an experimental stage)
How to use the Edisyn search engine

To select a corpus: click on the checkbox to the left of each corpus under Corpora. It is possible to choose any number you like, if you choose more than one corpus results are shown from each (selected) corpus.

To perform a search: there are several ways to search the Edisyn Search Engine, on the basis of a string of words, on the basis of a (predefined) tag, or on the basis of English glosses (provided that a corpus has these).

To search for a string of words, insert the word(s) you are looking for in the field under String and click on Search (note that you should also have selected a corpus to search in).

To search for English glosses enter an English word in the field under Gloss and click on Search (note that you should also have selected a corpus to search in). This search option will only render a result if the selected corpus has been enriched with English glosses.

To search for tags you can either choose to create a tag yourself or to select a ready made tag (so called Predefined Tags). You can construct your own tag by clicking on a category and/or feature from the lists located under in the Tag Constructor. A category may be specified with as many features as desired, it is also possible to search for categories or features by themselves. After having constructed the desired tag click on Search and your request will be processed.

By clicking on Manual Input you can use your keyboard to insert a tag, instead of selecting a category and/or feature from the drop down list.

To search on the basis of ready made tags select a tag from lists under Predefined Tags. These tags are ordered per word class, by clicking on a specific word class a drop down list shows the available tags. When you have selected a tag click on Search (do not forget to select the desired corpus). Note that the search result is dependent on the tagging of each corpus; if a specific corpus has not been tagged with e.g. the feature 'past', a search for V(past) will not render a result.

If you search for more than one (predefined) tag the search engine will interpret the search as a consecutive one, that is, as a search for a tag directly followed by the other tag.

To begin a new search click on Reset and insert (a) new tag(s).

To enhance the speed of a search it is possible to change the number of results. You can set the maximum of results to any number (note that a very high number will increase the time necessary for the search to be performed).

To draw a map of your result(s): click on 'Show map' (in box in the left part of the screen above your search results). To save the map to your computer click on 'Get static map' (in the upper left corner of your map), you can then save the map via File, Save Page As, etc. If you wish to draw a map of part of the search results, click on '(Un)check all results' and select the desired results by ticking off the location you wish to include in your map. Having selected the desired locations, click on 'Show map' as explained above.

To save your result(s): log in via Log in in the upper right corner of the screen. You can choose to log in with OpenID or with a Google account. You will automatically be logged in as user_x, if you want to personalize your log in name you can go to MyEdisyn in the upper right corner and click on Account settings, here you can change your username.

When you have logged in and performed a search, you can save your results by clicking on 'Save checked results' next to the 'Show map' function in the left part of the screen above your search results. In principle the Edisyn search engine will save all the results, if you wish to only save a selection you can uncheck the locations you wish to exclude from your saved set, by checking the box left of each Location. When you have clicked on 'Save checked results' the search engine will ask you to give a name for your saved results; type in a name and press 'ok'.

When you go to MyEdisyn in the upper right corner you can view your saved results. Each of the results is a link that leads you to the web page of the search result, i.e. your search results are saved as a web page.