Arnie's Suggested "Multi-Window" Strategy for Using Andrew Zurcher's Tools and Exemplary Texts

        Unlike printed texts, at first it is difficult to get Internet pages to stay open beside each other.  Nevertheless, this is the best way to use a study tool alongside the text it is supposed to help you study.  If you open a new window for each tool, rather than opening "tabs," and resize the new windows from the corners to line them up together on your screen, you will find it easier to move from the texts to the tools and back again without having to open and close windows.

1)  Lessons:  right click on this link and "Open in New Window" to start a lesson, beginning with the easiest (1/5) and minimize the main "Lessons" window, resizing the window holding the lesson text so that you can position the proper "hand alphabet" above or below it for comparison--   Then open windows 2, 3, 4, and 5, and work through the lessons using guides to the appropriate alphabet/hand.

2)  Secretary Alphabet in Letter-by-Letter Format: the most varied of the Early Modern Hands--open this one in a new window, resize it, and click on individual letters to see the variety of ways they legally could be made in "majiscule" or "capital letters"  or in "miniscule" or "small letters"

3)  Jacobean Court Hand: the most "scribal" hand, resembling a streamlined form of Gothic Textura--

4)  Italic Hand: the most unornamented and regular of the Early Modern English hands--

5)  "Breviagraphs"--ways to shorten the spelling of a word by replacing a commonly written combination ("per" or "and") with a single stroke:

        When working with lab documents, resize the lab doc windows as you did the lesson window above, and find the "hand guide" which most resembles the hand of the document you are working with.  You also may want to open a window to the Library home page and start the Oxford English Dictionary so that you can look up unfamiliar vocabulary, and even a "Google window" for real fishing expeditions when you run out of ideas in the OED.