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The DIMEV: An Open-Access, Digital Edition of the Index of Middle English Verse

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NUMBERING

As of July 2012, the records have been completely renumbered. A typical record now displays the DIMEV record number, with both IMEV (including those added by the Supplement) and NIMEV numbers also displayed. Users may search by any of these options. Renumbering allows for a reset: the 1965 Supplement added thousands of sub-decimal numbers, slotted in between the whole numbers established by the IMEV. While the current renumbering has not entirely purged sub-decimal numbers for a variety of reasons—overlooked records, new records, deleted records, visits from the “Man from Porlock,” inattention, etc.—the process has proved largely succussful. The database now contains 6889 whole-numbered records, with about 100 slotted in as sub-decimal numbers. The remaining difference between the 7102 records tallied by the software counter and the 6889+c. 100 number comprises records that have been deleted (see Deleted Records), but remain in the database, their original number now preceded by “0.” to indicate their deleted status.