The Quill Platform offers users six tools to help to navigate the process that created the Constitutional Convention: These tools offer an insight into the sequence of events, the hierarchy within which decisions related to each other, the influence of individuals and delegations, and the context within which proposals and decisions were made.
HINT: For those users who want an overview of the whole process during the Constitutional Convention, or are simply interested in the topic without already possessing in-depth knowledge of the participants or what they debated, the Secretary's Desk option is recommended as the best place to start.
This page shows the complete source-material for this convention, including details of all the source material from which it is drawn, details of the various delegations that attended, and a list of the different committees.
Users with the appropriate permission can use this screen to make changes to the convention records from here.
This page gives access to the main visualizations used to explore the work of committees or individuals. It is the best place to start if you have specific research questions to investigate.
This view shows the state of affairs at the end of each day, offering a reconstruction
of the papers left on the secretary's desk at the end of each committee session.
This view is useful for getting a quick overview of the progress made by a committee on any given day, but bear
in mind that committees will often discuss matters in detail without agreeing substantive changes.
This view shows a timeline of the convention, indication the flow of documents between committees.
It charts the path of a particular document without focusing in detail on its intermediary stages.
This view offers summary information about the process of negotiation. It offers an overview of alliances within
the discussions, and how successful various participants where at getting their proposals accepted.
This view shows a summary of the topic keywords associated with this convention, and allows users to find events associated with each keyword.
This page offers a series of views for exploring the work of this convention.
Interactive radial displays let readers see which committees have been the busiest, and which individuals have made the most substantive contributions.
A radial display allows users to view the hierarchy of decision-making within a convention.
HINT: If you already know which page you are looking for, use the shortcuts under the Reader's Tools tab to navigate the platform.
The 'Search across the platform tool' allows the user to search the entire site for a chosen keyword.
The 'Jump to' tool, which can be found on both the main toolbar and under the 'Reader’s Tools' tab, acts as a shortcut, allowing the user to 'jump' to a particular Quill Resource. In order to do this, you must enter the shortcut code for the page that you wish to search for. This code looks like this and can be found on the top left-hand side of overview, delegations visualize, session visualize, event visualize, commentary collection, commentary item, resource collection, and resource item pages. Please note that this tool can only be used for these pages, as they are the only ones with page shortcut codes.
Use the Compare tool to compare two documents and view a side by side comparison of either a 'session' OR a 'commentary'. The user must select one of these two modes from the drop down 'Mode' menu on the LEFT hand side of the page, and can then further specify which 'Source Convention' and which 'Committees & Sessions' they wish to choose. To choose the document they wish to compare this with, they should complete the same actions on the RIGHT hand side of the page.