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SOLO - Search Oxford Libraries Online: Versions & looking for specific editions in large clusters

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The SOLO versions function attempts to group together different versions of the same work including for example different editions of the same work and versions in different formats such as in print, online and audio visual format.  Find out more about:

How to view SOLO versions and what they cover

> How to deal with large numbers of versions (super clusters)

> Looking for specific editions in a large number of versions

SOLO versions

SOLO may cluster different versions of the same work together (e.g. different editions of the same work and/or versions in different formats such as online, printed, audio-visual etc).

When items have been clustered together you will see the note Multiple versions found. To view the versions click view all x versions

SOLO screen shot showing versions
 When you click "view all x versions" you will see a list of items. Please note that these are sorted by relevance and are NOT in date order.    If you are looking for a specific edition (with a particular editor, translator, publisher, date or copy specific note you should leave the sort order set to relevance (>read more).   If you prefer to see the different versions ordered by date please change the sort order to date-newest or date-oldest at the top of the screen. 

SOLO screen shot showing sort options

Please note - Although SOLO attempts to cluster all versions of a particular work together, it does not always manage to gather together every single version. If it is important to you to see all versions of a particular work you should open the "cluster" for the work but also look through the rest of your results to identify any items which have not been successfully clustered.

      Dealing with large numbers of versions

      Sometimes works which have appeared in a large number of editions will produce a very large or super cluster. This particularly affects works such as the Bible and other famous texts which have appeared in many different editions.

      To deal with large number of versions:

      1. If you are looking for the most recent or oldest edition simply change the sort order above the list of items to date-newest or date-oldest
      2. If you are looking for a specific edition by editor, translator, publisher, date or publication or copy specific notes, add the relevent details to your search (e.g. Shakespeare Richard II 1615 to find the 1615 edition of Shakespeare's Richard II). You will still see a large number of versions but as long as you keep the default sort order of relevance the edition you specified should be at or near to the top of your results  (> see more)
      3. Use the refine my results options which run down the left of the screen to refine the list of versions by date, creator (includes editors and translators as well as authors, composers etc), language or library.

      Looking for specific editions where there are a large number of versions

      If you have specified a particular edition (for example by adding the name of an editor, translator, publisher, year of publication, copy specific notes etc) you may be surprised to see a very large cluster of versions.

      Unfortunately, your SOLO search results will not only display the specific edition as detailed in your search but also other editions of the same work. However,so long as you keep the default sort order as relevance, the edition that you specified should appear at or near to the top of your results.   If you change the sort order, the specified edition may appear lower down in your search results.   You are therefore advised to keep the sort order set to relevance if you are searching for a specific edition.