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Know Before You Go: Library Resources for Students Doing Research Abroad: Palaeography

A library guide to prepare students doing research and library research abroad or in a new country for the first time


Palaeography (or Paleography) is the study and analysis of handwriting in order to read old texts with accuracy and fluency. It focuses on studying letter forms and conventions used, such as abbreviations. In addition, palaeography also involves dating manuscripts and identifying the location of, called ‘localizing’, the writing used.

Tutorials and Resources

Examples of what different handwritings can look like