Instructions for Volunteers
Thank you for your desire to help with this project. Here is a
list of suggestions of things that need to be done.
Remember, you don't have to do an entire document project by yourself;
even typing a few pages is a big help.
Please let us know what document you want to work on.
What we need most right now are document listings for our new web page,
Send us the information and we will enter it in our tables. Click
here for details.
Beginner to Intermediate:
Mr. G. needs help listing the bibliographic data for the German culinary
texts on this page.
We only need works dating up to year 1700, so ignore anything more recent
Or you could catalog the Dutch listings on this page.
C.R. needs help listing the bibliographic data for the French titles on
this page. We
only need works dating up to year 1700, so ignore anything more recent
G.L. needs help listing the bibliographic data for the Latin titles on
Locate a source for a text that has not yet been copied. This usually requires
access to catalogs like WorldCat, or to a good library. Check our lists
to make sure no one else is already working on this document.
Get a copy of the text. This often requires access to a good university
library, or an Interlibrary Loan (ILL) staff willing to help you.
Figure out if the source is "clean" from a copyright point of view.
We are interested in the copyright status of both a facsimile of
the document itself, and the copyright status of any transcriptions
of the document. Ask
us if you need help with this. In general:
A modern transcription of an old work is NOT O.K.
A recently published book containing transcriptions, translations, and/or
commentary is NOT O.K.
An unaltered facsimile reprint of an 18th century transcription may be
O.K, but ask for permission from the publisher first. Ask
us before contacting the E.E.T.S.
An original copy of an 18th or 19th century transcription is out of copyright,
but nevertheless, ask the library for permission before scanning.
The original may be in poor condition, and the library may have the document
available on microfilm. If the library denies you permission, thank
them nicely and seek out another source. Note that many libraries are
more willing to grant you permission to transcribe a work than to
copy the work.
Original copies of medieval manuscripts and books are rare and are generally
kept locked in Special Collections. Scanning these fragile originals
requires special handling by trained professionals. Microfilms, or
prints made from microfilms, may be available. Libraries might
consider their microfilms to be under copyright -- you must ask
for permission from the host library to post images made from them.
Ask us for assistance with this.
Photocopy the source text. It is much easier to scan from photocopies
than to wrestle the book onto a scanner.
Scan the source at 300 dpi, and save each page as a .gif file. Number
the files sequentially.
Transcribe the source. You may use Optical Character Recognition (OCR)
if it works, otherwise type it by hand. You don't need to know the language
to type. Be sure to include all bibliographic information.
Proofread your transcription; ask 2 other people to proofread it too. You
don't need to know the language to proofread. Remember, accuracy is
essential, including copying what you consider to be mistakes in the original.
If you do find mistakes, please keep a list of them, and we'll have someone
who does know the language take a look at them. Once your text has
been proofread, we'll put it online.
Make a list of some source materials such as original manuscripts, 19th
century transcriptions, modern derivative works, dissertations, etc.
Include bibliographic information for each title.
Locate vendors for reprints and facsimiles. If they are online, give us
their web address. Include their catalog numbers.
Mark up text.
Write a biographical paragraph about Samuel Pegge, Gervase Markham, Sir
Kenelme Digby, etc.
Translate the source text into Modern English.
Gloss the source text.
Include new spellings in the equivalence sets.
Research detailed bibliographic information for a source text.