User Guide—Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)


How can I quickly narrow the results on the Manuscript Search page?

The fastest way to narrow the results is to click the box in front of the desired attribute(s) from the list on the left of the Manuscript Search page.


How do I use Manuscript Search?

The Manuscript Search screen has a box at the top with text that says, “Search by keyword or verse….” Click inside that box, and the text will be removed, awaiting your search query. This searches a manuscript’s name or number, shelf number, description, or contents.


Why isn’t my image loading?

An image not loading in the viewer could be the result of any number of factors. CSNTM always tries to utilize the highest quality images, even of microfilm. This results in large file sizes. Such sizes often take a while to load but result in high-quality images for research. If your image is not loading, first try refreshing the web page. This should resolve most issues. If there is still an issue, please contact CSNTM.


How can I tell which image is currently displayed in the viewer?

The image that is currently displayed will have a blue box surrounding its thumbnail image, directly above the viewer.


What are the controls for the manuscript viewer?
zoom in or out                                                 

(1) With the pointer inside the viewer, scroll up or down on the mouse or trackpad
(2) Click the + or – in the upper left corner of the viewer
(3) Double click in the viewer

return the image to its default size                 

Click the home icon in the upper left corner of the viewer

move the image in the viewer                         

(1) Click and drag the image with the mouse or trackpad
(2) Click and drag the red box in the orientation thumbnail in the bottom right of the viewer
(3) Use the arrow keys on the keyboard

enlarge the viewer to full screen

Click the ‘toggle full screen’ icon in the upper left corner of the viewer


Why am I unable to search for every verse in a manuscript?

Updating the metadata for the images is a work in progress. Manuscript images that have been tagged with versification will return results for every verse entered. Additional versification results will be available as further tags are added.


How can I tag an image?

The search results are improved by recording metadata for images. A website user can help to improve the database by suggesting tags to be associated with images. To make a suggestion, click on the blue button at the bottom of the manuscript page that reads, “Suggest an edit to this image’s tags.” A new window will open where suggested edits can be recorded and submitted to CSNTM. Upon review and approval, the image’s tag will be updated.


What is the “Description of Manuscript / Informational Document” and how do I access it?

“Description of Manuscript” or “Informational Document” refers to a document created by CSNTM which is used in manuscript digitization. It is an ‘autopsy’ of sorts, detailing vital information about a manuscript. For manuscripts digitized by CSNTM, this document may be accessed from individual manuscript pages. Click the link (blue font) that says, “Description of Manuscript” or “Informational Document.” A new window will open where the document will be displayed or downloaded in PDF format. A PDF reader is required.


Can I search by the CSNTM Image Id or the CSNTM Image Name?

Such functionality is not currently available.


What does “GA” stand for?

“GA” refers to the standard New Testament manuscript numbering system—Gregory-Aland—which was started by Caspar René Gregory and ultimately continued by Kurt Aland.