Yale Digital Edition of the Works of Samuel Johnson
2.0 Accessing the Archive
4.0 My YDJ
The Yale Edition of the Works of Samuel Johnson was founded in 1955 to replace the Oxford Edition of 1825 and make accurate texts of Johnson's complete works widely available. Originally there were to be nine volumes and the project was to take two years. The first volume, Diaries, Prayers, and Annals, appeared in 1958. Since then the plan of the edition has grown and twenty additional volumes have appeared. The most recently published of these are The Lives of the Poets, volumes 21-23 (2010). Two volumes are still under way: volume 19: Biographical Writings: Soldiers, Scholars, and Friends; and volume 20: Occasional Writings: Prefaces, Proposals, Apologies, and Dedications.
The YDJ is a free resource, open and accessible to the public. The Search, Browse, Document Viewer, My YDJ, Resource, and About pages are available to all users who visit the site.
Any user can open documents in the document viewer; print/download documents from the document viewer; and export citation information from the document viewer. However, each user must first login to her personal My YDJ account before she can access the suite of tools related to user-generated content. These include bookmarks, tags, annotations, discussions, and the ability to save documents to personal or private group folders.
First time users must create a profile before they are able to login and access the My YDJ functionality. To create a new YDJ account:
Figure 1: “Create a New Profile” page
After creating a valid My YDJ profile, a user can log in to the YDJ at any time.
The YDJ’s search tool allows for a simple keyword search of all archival content, as well as a more refined search based on specific bibliographic constraints.
Navigate to the Browse page by clicking the Browse tab below the site banner. Here, users can view the Works of Samuel Johnson documents arranged in time and genre based categories.(Figure 10).
Figure 10: Browse Landing Page
Here, you will find a timeline that provides a list of documents based on creation date within a given chronological era, as defined by the YDJ Editorial Board.
Find categorical listings under the The browsing categories are:Browse by Genre header. A list of the genres with descriptions will follow:
Debates: The most recent addition to the Yale Edition is the three-volume collection of the Parliamentary Debates, which Johnson composed for the Gentleman's Magazine in the early 1740s. The brilliant prose of these works is unsurpassed by the works of any of the politicians whose speeches Johnson invented.
Essays: In addition to literary critical essays, Johnson wrote moral and ethical essays in the tradition of Sir Francis Bacon's Essays. Many of these essays are part of the Rambler (1750-52), but many others are to be found in Johnson's contributions to other journals.
Poetry: Johnson first made his reputation as the author of "London" (1738) and his "Vanity of Human Wishes" (1749) is well known, but he wrote scores of infrequently read poems in both Latin and English.
Literary Criticism: Johnson above all excelled as a literary critic, a genre in which he practiced throughout his career. By searching the YDJ it is possible to collect all of this work, whenever or wherever Johnson published it
Sermons: Twenty-eight sermons have been attributed to Johnson, most of them written for others and only published after his death.
Other Genres: The YDJ identifies over forty genres to which Johnson contributed. He wrote in almost every possible genre from advertisement to epitaph, from prayer to parody, from satire to tragedy.
The Document Viewer displays the text associated with each document in the archive. This content is divided into two primary sections: the text viewer panel and the document info panel (Figure 14).
Figure 11: Document Viewer
Users can open documents in the Viewer via the Search, Browse, or My YDJ sections of the site. In addition to displaying all bibliographic data and content associated with a document, the Viewer also allows users to customize documents with personal bookmarks and highlighting. It also enables users to review and add personal, private group, or public commentary in the form of tags and annotations.
Please note that a user must first login to her personal My YDJ account to be able to access the highlighting, bookmark, tag, annotation, and save features available within the viewer.
The Document Viewer toolbar appears at the top of the screen and enables users to view and interact with documents in a number of ways. Users can save a document to a personal or private group folder; download or print up to 10 pages at a time of a document’s text (as long as the document has sufficient print privileges); export a document’s academic citation in a range of formats; and export all private group and/or public annotations associated with a document. Users can turn the document info panel on or off via the “i” toggle on the right side of the toolbar.
Figure 12: Document Viewer Toolbar
The text viewer panel displays the full text of an open document. Please note that, in order to create a bookmark, tag, or annotation in the text viewer panel, logged in users must first select a portion of the text, and then click on the appropriate button. The buttons available on the Text Viewer Panel toolbar are:
The Document Info Panel displays all bibliographic information associated with an open document (Figure 14). It also permits users to review user-generated content such as tags, annotations, bookmarks, and discussions related to the open document.
Figure 14: Document Info Panel
The different sections of the document info panel are:
My YDJ is the site’s center for personalized content and community interaction, and is accessible via the My YDJ tab at the top of the screen.
The My YDJ homepage allows users to view notifications; access recently viewed documents; manage a personal library of saved documents, tags, annotations, and searches; and participate in Private Groups (Figure 15). See Section 2.1 for more information on how to create a My YDJ account.
Figure 15: My YDJ homepage
The Notifications area of My YDJ displays updates from both administrators and fellow YDJ members. Notifications cover such topics as additions to the digitized archive; new discussion topics for private group discussion threads; invitations to join new private groups; the addition of new documents to private group folders; site news and updates from the site admin; and other updates related to a user’s personal account and/or the general functionality of the site. Notifications are presented in a tabular view, and can be sorted by date or notification type (i.e. Forum, Group, Message).
Figure 16: My YDJ notifications
Private Groups represent a more selective, focused and member-specific subset of the YDJ’s community functionality. Anyone with a My YDJ account can create a Private Group. The creator of a Private Group becomes that group’s owner by default, and thus has the ability to define the name and description of the group; invite other My YDJ users to the group; manage the group’s folder permissions (i.e. Read/Write); remove users from the group; and designate a new owner of the group.
A list of all of the Private Groups to which a My YDJ user has access is available via the My YDJ homepage, or by mousing over the My YDJ tab at the top of the screen and clicking on “Private Groups” (Figure 17). This will indicate the name of each group; the number of members belonging to each group; the user’s group status (i.e. Invited, Member, Owner); the user’s group options (i.e. Accept Invitation, Decline Invitation, Leave Group, Remove Group); and the date on which the user was invited to the group.
Figure 17: Private Groups area of My YDJ
Each Private Group has a corresponding forum in which participating users can discuss relevant topics and documents. Users must joint a Private Group before they can participate in its forum.
The My YDJ Library enables users to save and share documents from within the archive. Personal Folders enable users to view and manage documents they have saved for their own personal research. Private Groups Folders allow users to share documents with other members of related Private Groups. To access the My YDJ library, go to the My YDJ homepage and click on the appropriate tab in the left-hand navigation panel.
Community Pages display information about individual users to the YDJ community.
Users can manage their personal, private group, and public annotations via the My Annotations tab, available via the My YDJ left-hand navigation panel. This page allows users to sort annotations by document title, annotation type, or date created; export selected annotations to a text file or browser tab; edit annotations; and delete annotations (Figure 19).
Figure 19: My Annotations page in My YDJ
Users can manage their personal, private group, and public tags via the My Tags tab, available via the My YDJ left-hand navigation panel. The My Tags page displays a list of personal, private group, and public tags created by the user (Figure 20). The number in parentheses that follows each tag indicates how many times the user has applied that tag throughout the archive. Clicking on the grey arrow before a tag name will reveal the other tags with which the initial tag shares a document.
Figure 20: My Tags page in My YDJ
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