Orlando: Women's Writing

Scholarly Introduction

Going Electronic

Citation and Bibliography

It is not usual for large-scale printed historical and reference works to provide detailed or specific citation: some omit references altogether for want of space. Orlando exploits the capaciousness of electronic text by providing about 25,000 bibliographical entries, including full citation of the sources used in writing entries and chronological material. This means that a researcher can pick up where the textbase leaves off, without needing to reproduce the research trail. Orlando does not, however, cite itself when a fact is substantiated elsewhere in the textbase. Selective quotation has been used to give some flavour of texts used, and point students and scholars towards the writings of authors discussed.
Like all historical work, Orlando relies on the community of scholars—biographers, critics, and textual editors—that continues to expand our knowledge of writing and its relation to historical processes. As its extensive system of citation demonstrates, Orlando aims to point to rather than replace the work of other scholars. We do not, however, provide full bibliographies either of primary or secondary work. In the case of writers who have attracted much attention, valuable scholarship may remain unmentioned.