‘The Guide to the PASE Data entry‘ (pdf file) is a document created by the project to guide the researchers in the collection of the PASE data.
At the start of PASE 1 a survey was made of the primary sources for the period 597 to 1042. The sources were then listed according to the century when they were written or compiled, and this information was incorporated into the PASE annual project plan. The works listed were all assigned an abbreviation. A similar process was undertaken at the beginning of PASE 2, to identify and prioritize the sources for the period 1042 to c. 1100.
The following bibliographies were also consulted:
PASE drew on the lists of Anglo-Saxon rulers revised by D. N. Dumville; of bishops compiled by S. D. Keynes in Handbook of British Chronology, ed. E. B. Fryde, D. E. Greenway, S. Porter and I. Roy, Royal Historical Society Guides and Handbooks 2, 3rd edition (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1986); and of popes in A Handbook of Dates: For Students of British History, ed. C. R. Cheney, new edition, rev. Michael Jones, Royal Historical Society Guides and Handbooks 4 (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2000). The list of sources was broken down by century of composition and then incorporated into the final section of the project plan.
The following were consulted, though not uniformly followed, before creating the abbreviations for the medieval sources used by PASE:
Abbreviations were in general created using the name of the author (or Anon), followed by a full stop (period), followed by a Latin abbreviation for works in Latin (e.g., Ep = Epistola(e) ‘Letter(s)’) or OE followed by an abbreviation for works in Old English (e.g., OEMart = Old English Martyrology).
The Anglo-Saxon Chronicle required different treatment. The Source ID of the ‘Common Stock’ up to 892 is referred to as ASC, the ‘Mercian Register’ as ASC (MR) and data drawn from specific versions are referred to by the generally accepted sigla for the individual manuscripts (e.g., ASC (E)).
Charters are referred to by S (= Sawyer) followed immediately by the numeral assigned to each charter in the ‘Electronic Sawyer’ (e.g. S 265).
Abbreviations of Biblical books follow the practice of Biblia Sacra iuxta Vulgata versionem, Editionem quartam emendatam … praeparavit Roger Gryson (Stuttgart: Deutsche Bibelgesellschaft, 1994).