There are three main ways to generate chronologies using the tools available to you on the main page of the Romantic Chronology.
To use the menu of dates offered in the large table dominating the home page, simply click on any of the dates in the boxes shown. All of the entries in this chronology for those dates will appear, in chronological order. If an important event is missing, please let us know.
The Romantic Chronology is arranged not only by date but also by topic. Click on "Topics Catalogue" (under "Chronology") in the navigation bar at the left. Now you see a blank space, asking you for a topic name. Since the editors have selected a special list of topics, it is best to scroll down, past the topic-search box, through the list of topics in order to see what is available. If you click on "Abolition," for instance, you will see all events in the chronology connected to abolition of the slave trade in Great Britain and its colonies. Let us know of events to be added.
If you would like to search the chronology for a specific entry, or a small set of entries, use the "Search" or "Advanced Search" functions to be found on the navigation bar at the left, under "Chronology."
To Search for an author, an historical figure, a text, or a series of events, pick one or two major key words and plug them into the "Event Description" box. Notice that only entries containing all of the words you enter will appear unless you check the box that says "Match Any Fields (OR)." Although you can conceivably enter an exact title, you may wish to leave out little words (and, the, of, a, etc.) in case we have not entered it exactly in the way you know it.
To Search for a series of years, enter the months, days, and years (or just years) you wish to examine. To generate a chronology that covers a span of years, type the beginning year, period, period, ending year (no spaces). Enter a "less than" sign in order to generate all entries before a certain year: "<1820" will gather up all entries before 1820. Enter a "greater than" sign in order to generate all entries after a certain year: ">1820" will gather up all entries after 1820.
The Advanced Search function allows you to search in ways other than by name of a person or a text and dates: you could, for instance, select all essays from the drop-down box, or look for a particular source of information (a published book) in the "Notes" field.
After you have selected a range of dates from the menu or generated your own customized chronology using search engines or topic categories, you will see a list of entries on your screen. Click on "Detail" in the column at the left of any entry that interests you. There you will find sources for some of the entries. More important, you will see a list of related links. Click on any of them to find out more about a specific author or text.
Click on "By Alphabet" under "LinkArchive," in the navigation bar at the left-hand side of your screen. When you have arrived at the archive, you will see a pyramid of letters. Click on any letter to see all the entries beginning with that letter, on "R," for example, to see entries about "Rousseau," "Radcliffe," "The Regency," and "The Restoration."
Click on "Search" under "LinkArchive," in the navigation bar on the left side of your screen to look for Links by Keyword, URL, categories, and topics. Click on Advanced Search if you want to look for a web author: if you know someone is an expert on Blake, such as Morris Eaves, you may wish to search for web pages on Blake that Eaves has authored.