How to find information in the POxy collection
There are 6 ways to find information in this collection:
- search for publication numbers
- search/sort by author
- search/sort by title
- search/sort by genre
- sort papyri by date
- access P.Oxy. volumes
You can search for particular words that
appear in the text from the "search" page. This is the first page that
comes up when you begin, and can be reached from other pages by pressing
the search button.
You can sort papyri by author by
pressing the authors a-z button. This brings up a list of papyri,
sorted by author name.
You can sort papyri by title by
pressing the titles a-z button. This brings up a list of titles in
You can access publications by genre by pressing the genres button. This brings up a list of documents, sorted by genre.
You can sort papyri by date by pressing
the dates button. This brings up a list of papyri, sorted
You can access publications by papyrus
identification number by pressing the papyrus IDs button. This
brings up a list of documents, sorted by papyrus ID number.
How to search for particular words
From the search page, you make a query in these simple steps:
- Specify what items you want to search
- Say whether you want to search for all or just some of the words
- Type in the words you want to search for
- Click the Begin Search button
When you make a query, the titles of twenty matching documents will be shown.
There is a button at the end to take you on to the next twenty documents. From
there you will find buttons to take you on to the third twenty or back to the
first twenty, and so on. Click the title of any document, or the little button
beside it, to see it.
By default, a maximum of 100 is imposed on the number of documents
returned. You can change this number by clicking the
preferences button at the top of the page.
Scope of queries
In most collections you can choose different indexes to search. For example, there might
be author or title indexes. Or there might be chapter or paragraph indexes. Generally,
the full matching document is returned regardless of which index you search.
If documents are books, they will be opened at the appropriate place.
Two pairs of buttons control the kind of text
matching in the searches that you make. The first set (labeled "case
differences") controls whether upper and lower case must match. The
second ("word endings") controls whether to ignore word endings such
as "ing" or "s". It is possible to get a large
query box so that you can easily do paragraph-sized searching; the
system can search for large amounts of text surprisingly quickly.
You can switch to an "advanced" query mode which allows you to
combine terms using AND (&), OR (|), and NOT (!). This allows you to
specify more precise queries. You can activate the search history
feature, which shows you your last few queries. This makes it easy to
repeat slightly modified versions of previous queries. Finally, you
can control the number of hits returned, and the number presented in