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About The Cambridge Edition of the Works of Ben Jonson Online

What is available on The Cambridge Edition of the Works of Ben Jonson Online and how does it differ from the print edition?

The Online Edition presents a fully searchable version of the Print Edition, including all the original introductions, collations, and commentary, but it complements, develops, and vastly extends the Print Edition with a large and flexible array of textual and contextual materials.

The textual components consist of thousands of digital images and dozens of searchable old-spelling transcriptions of the early printed versions of Jonson’s texts and some of the major manuscripts. Presented in an array that allows both for individual viewing and for on-screen comparison, these images and old-spelling texts can be explored independently or in close conjunction with the modern-spelling version using the text comparison tool.

In addition, the Online Edition includes a comprehensive body of essays and archives necessary for full study of Jonson’s life, performance history, and afterlife.

In total, the edition contains 167 modern-spelling and 76 old-spelling texts, 590 contextual documents, 89 essays, over 4000 high-quality images, and nearly 150 music scores with accompanying MIDI files. It also lists details of more than 1400 stage performances, and has a cross-linked bibliography of over 6700 items. Other archival materials include a Literary Record, transcribing documents relating to Jonson’s reputation and afterlife, edited by Hugh Craig; the Foot Voyage into Scotland, a recently-discovered diary of Jonson’s walk to Edinburgh in 1618, edited by James Loxley, Julie Sanders, and Anna Groundwater; ten letters written to Jonson, edited by Ian Donaldson, Jason Rosenblatt and Winfried Schleiner; essays on writings dubiously ascribed to Jonson, edited by Karen Britland; and additional collations to Jonson’s non-dramatic verse as it is reproduced in 550 scribal manuscripts, by Colin Burrow. 

Who can access The Cambridge Edition of the Works of Ben Jonson Online?

You must be recognised as a user with purchased access to The Cambridge Edition of the Works of Ben Jonson Online in order to view the ‘locked’ content within the product. Users without purchased access will be able to view the general features of the site, and the free content listed below.

Free content:

If you can not access the ‘locked’ areas of the site, as you are not recognized by IP address, you may need to log in as a remote user, or through your library's proxy server, or via Athens or Shibboleth. Additionally, account administrators must log in to use their special privilege to view usage statistics for their institution.

If your institution would like to gain access to The Cambridge Edition of the Works of Ben Jonson Online, please 'contact us’ for more information on how to purchase access.

Is it possible to trial The Cambridge Edition of the Works of Ben Jonson Online prior to purchase?

Institutions may arrange a free, no-obligation 30-day trial. Please contact us directly to arrange a trial by emailing [email protected] if you are in the Americas, or [email protected] if you are in the United Kingdom or the rest of the world.

How do I purchase access to The Cambridge Edition of the Works of Ben Jonson Online?

The Cambridge Edition of the Works of Ben Jonson Online is available for institutional purchase. If you are a librarian or purchasing agent at your institution and would like more information on pricing or how to purchase please contact us.

If you wish to purchase access to The Cambridge Edition of the Works of Ben Jonson Online through your library consortium, you can pass their details to us and we will contact them to arrange your deal. Contact [email protected] for North America or [email protected] for UK and the rest of the world for further details.

May I purchase access to The Cambridge Edition of the Works of Ben Jonson Online through my consortium?

If you wish to purchase access The Cambridge Edition of the Works of Ben Jonson Online through your library consortium, you can pass their details to us and we will contact them to arrange your deal. Contact [email protected] for further details.

Are there any archival rights?

Customers should refer to the Terms and Conditions of Sale that are part of our purchasing process for full details on archival access. Generally speaking, if you terminate your access to The Cambridge Edition of the Works of Ben Jonson Online due to an inability by Cambridge University Press to meet the terms outlined in the Terms and Conditions of Sale, we will provide you with electronic files for the content you had purchased, without any functionality or programming, if you send us a written request no later than sixty days after your access ends.

Using The Cambridge Edition of the Works of Ben Jonson Online

Is it possible for remote users to access the site?

Please ask your users to authenticate to your network for access in the normal way. Provided that users access The Cambridge Edition of the Works of Ben Jonson Online from an IP address within your organization's configured IP ranges, they should be able to access content. We will setup your remote users’ access at time of purchase but please contact our customer service team if you need to update your remote user list: Contact [email protected] for further details.

Do you offer library card access/Athens authentication/Shibboleth authentication to The Cambridge Edition of the Works of Ben Jonson Online?

Unfortunately we don't offer library card access at present. Athens and Shibboleth authentication are enabled.

If I have forgotten my username or password, how do I recover it?

From the login window, click the `Forgot your password?` link. Our system can send you an email containing your username and your password reminder (if you set a password reminder when you registered), or it can send you an email containing your username and a new temporary password.

Account Administrator Information

What is the role of the account administrator?

Account administrators are users responsible for the activation and management of organisational access. They are responsible for managing organisation details, managing remote users (if applicable), activating online access, and configuring IP-address-based access rights of their organisations.

Who can be the account administrator?

Any individual can be an account administrator, provided that the `I want to be the account administrator for my organisation` checkbox was selected during registration.

What are valid IP formats?

IP addresses are made up of four numeric components separated by a full stop (period). Each numeric component ranges from 0 to 255. You can express an IP range by using a hyphen (-) and you can use a wildcard within a range by using an asterisk (*)

Examples of valid IP address formats (note the numbers are used as examples only):

  • = a single IP address

  • 121.18.19.* = all IP addresses beginning 121.18.19

  • = a range of IP addresses from to inclusive (ie the same as the example above)

  • 121.18.* = all IP addresses beginning 121.18

  • 121.18.0-255. = all IP addresses in the range 121.18.0-255 (ie all addresses beginning 121.18)

  • 121.18.0-255.0-255 = all IP addresses beginning 121.18

  • 121.0-255.0-255.0-255 = all IP addresses beginning 121

When do usage statistics for each month become available?

Usage statistics for this product are generated in real-time so your most recent usage statistics will be available immediately within your COUNTER reports. Please note: You most log in with administrator access to view your usage statistics. Once logged in, go to the ‘COUNTER reports’ link on the homepage, next to the ‘Log in’ button.

How do I configure IP addresses for my institution's account?

This is set up at the time that you place your order with us but, if any changes are required, please contact our customer service team: Contact [email protected] for further details.

Please allow the system a few moments to update before attempting to access content. Please note that if you are accessing The Cambridge Edition of the Works of Ben Jonson Online through a proxy server then you will need to provide the IP address of the proxy server in order for you to access the site.

Which data is being captured in the COUNTER reports?

The COUNTER4 report available, provided for account administrators only, can be downloaded from the ‘COUNTER report’ area which can be accessed via a link on the homepage, near the ‘Log in’ link.

The report available is DB1: Total Searches, Result Clicks and Record Views by Month and Database.

Please refer to the COUNTER4 website for further guidance on the measures in this report:

You can download the DB1 report as CSV or view the general usage overview on screen.

Are MARC records available for The Cambridge Edition of the Works of Ben Jonson Online?

A single MARC record is available for this product through OCLC. You can also download a single MARC record for The Cambridge Edition of the Works of Ben Jonson Online by clicking here.

Does the content within this product have DOIs?

No, we do not create DOIs for the content within this product.

Where can I find guided tours and promotional materials for this product?

Guided tours, flyers and email banners can be downloaded from the ‘Librarian Resources’ page.

Technical Questions

In which browser does the site perform best?

The site performs best in IE9 or above, Firefox or Chrome. The search capabilities, in particular, are not as effective in versions below IE9.

Can I use my ipad/tablet to view the site?

Use of the site on mobile devices, including iPhones and iPads, is not supported, in large part due to the memory requirements of the site and the large amount of data required to be moved between the site's server and the user's device.

The audio files aren’t working as expected, what should I do?

Once you have clicked on the relevant MIDI file, the file should automatically download. You then need to click on the downloaded file to listen to the file within your chosen audio player.

Please note: In order to play the MIDI (*.mid) files from the Music area of the site, your computer must have audio capabilities (i.e. sound hardware and a set of speakers or headphones). The following software is suggested (it is free, and typically ready to use on most computers):

  • PC running Windows: Media Player

  • Mac running OS X: QuickTime Player

If you are a Windows user and unable to play the MIDI files (i.e. you hear no sound), you may find the following advice helpful:

Please note we are unable to support any specific problems you may encounter trying to use the MIDI files.

How do I use the text comparison tool?

The text comparison tool can be seen when viewing content within the ‘Works’ section of the site and allows the user to view the old-spelling edition alongside the modern-spelling edition of the Works.

On first use, pop-ups will guide you through the use of the buttons within this tool.

The ‘Synchronise text’ button anchors both texts so they stay synchronized within their windows, even when the user scrolls through the content. This aids comparison between particular sections of the Old and New works.

Example: Using the tool for ‘The Case is Altered':

1) Open the modern spelling edition of the text above within the Works section. Click on the table of contents, below ‘Current View’ and select ‘Act 1’

2) Click the icon of two arrows pointing towards each other in the top-right of the text box. A second text box should appear.

3) Within this box, click on the ‘Current view’ and choose the old-spelling edition (1609 quarto version) and select Act 1 in the table of contents

4) Make sure 'Synchronize texts' is turned on (button text will be light-blue with border showing). If it’s not, click on this to turn it on

5) Click inside the right-pane and then scroll the text. Your selected texts are now synchronized.

6) As you scroll, you will see a shaded area jump from place to place. This shaded area shows what the text-viewer is currently finding to synchronize on.

Please note: The ‘Collation Notes’ and ’Commentary’ buttons are switched on by default. Simply click on these buttons to switch them off. This will remove the icons for these functions within the text.

How does the search work?

The global search across the entire site (top-right of the homepage) is only accessible for users that have purchased access.

Search boxes within each section of the site, ‘Essays’ for example, can be freely accessed.

The global search searches every type of content in the project, excluding the static pages. The content-type-specific searches (such as the one you see within Works for example) only searches within documents of the same type as the section of the website you are in.

Searching for a word you enter in a search box searches all the text content of a document, which includes title and body. The search results are sorted by date and then by relevance.  You don’t need to use the search box on the ‘content-type-specific’ searches though, you can use the filters instead (equally you can carry out a text search and then use the filters to further pare down the results).

The Lucene query syntax is supported in the search boxes; this includes boolean, proximity, wildcards, etc. Note that doing several single term text searches is the same as doing a single AND search.

If you carry out a global search, you will only see one filter at first (Type).  Once this has been selected further filters become available depending upon the selection you made.

What do ‘O’ and ‘M’ mean in the search results?

O = Old spelling edition of the content

M= Modern spelling edition of the content

Editorial questions

I have noticed an error with the content, who should I contact?

Please contact [email protected].

I would like to cite a piece of content/ and image from this site, do I need to request permission?

Yes, please email us if you wish to cite any content or images from this site (even free content). See the Copyright page for details of original copyright holders.

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