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At the top right of the page, when you are viewing a collection, there is a red box with a number of options. Minimized by default, it can be opened by pressing ‘j’, or clicking anywhere on the collection title. Once open, you have three things to play with.

The first is a drop-down table of contents. Simply select the section you want to go to, and you will be taken there.

The second is a box, into which you can enter the code for any paragraph or page in the collection; hit enter/return, and you will be taken there. Page codes are shown at the top of each page, and paragraph codes are shown to the left of each paragraph. The coding system is, we hope, fairly self-explanatory. For a full list of our codes for each of Hume’s texts, see the Editorial Notes.

By default, every text opens in edited form, with any departures from the copytext made silently. The third option allows you to change this: selecting “edited text (mark changes)” from the drop-down menu will highlight each of the departures in yellow, whereupon hovering the mouse over these changes will reveal a box on the top right describing and justifying the change; selecting “original version” from the menu, meanwhile, will revert to an almost completely unedited reproduction of the copytext. (For an explanation of the minor ways in which these “original” versions differ from the copytexts, see the Editorial Notes.)

Thanks to the Royal Society of Edinburgh and the National Library of Scotland, we are able to offer on this site, for the first time, high-quality digital images of Hume’s manuscript of the Dialogues concerning Natural Religion. This opens up by default with the text of the first (1779) edition on the left, but the text can be hidden by pressing ‘t’, or clicking on the ‘T’ symbol in the red box at the top of the page. This box also contains a drop-down menu of pages, and buttons for moving to the next or previous page. You can also move to the next or previous page with the keyboard shortcuts ‘n’ and ‘p’ respectively.

When the text is displayed alongside the image, the image will be automatically sized to fit your browser window; double-clicking anywhere on the image will zoom into full size, at which point you can move the centre of the display by clicking and dragging with the mouse, and zoom out again by double-clicking once more. Please note that images can take a while to download, depending on the speed of your internet connection.

You can now also search our (nearly) complete collection of Hume texts. Go to the Search Page for more detailed help on the possibilities available.