Help getting around the Mouritz website - navigation


This help page focuses mainly on navigating around the website on a PC or Mac. The scope will be expanded in time to cover mobile devices.

You navigate around the website using your browser, as you do with all websites. Commonly used browsers include Chrome, Firefox, Internet Explorer, Safari, and Edge.


The Mouritz website uses the good ol' technology of hierarchical menus, accessible from the menu bar (underneath the header with the Mouritz logo in it).  Our preferred terminology for the different levels in the hierachy is "parent" and "child". As with humans, parents can also be children.  

If a menu item is a parent this is indicated by a little arrow at the right. If you hover over the parent with your pointer, the children appear. On a touch-screen device such as a mobile, you would have to tap the  parent for the children to be displayed.

Clicking any menu item, including a parent, takes you to the indicated part of the site. For more about clicking parents, see the next section on click-through navigation.

screen shot of 3-level drop-down menus

Click-through navigation

The site also offers a "click-through" approach: you can click a parent and a "landing" or "hub" page will appear indicating the available options, corresponding to the children in the menu. This gives you a somewhat more leisurely route through the website; plus you get to see some old images. 

On a landing page, the image, the blue button or the title of the option are all clickable and will take you to the same place.

Links to other Mouritz content[*]

You're likely to click a link or button in the site to view a particular record/piece of information in the database. If you do so, you'll typically see the page you are linking to replace the page you were previously on at the point when you clicked. The new page can be in a completely different part of the website.

clicking links to other parts of the website
And the new page where you have arrived is very likely not in the menu system. This is because there is far more content available than could ever be included in the menu system. For example, there is a page for every single record in the Mouritz Bibliography, and equally for articles in the Companion.

Not only that, your starting place may also not be in the menu system.  For example, if you have entered some search criteria into the filters when browsing and searching the Mouritz Bibliography, the filters will determine the "place" you arrive it (i.e the filtered list of records). That place is not in the menu system, either.

Examples of filters

There are two approaches to avoid losing your place (i.e. where you were when you clicked the link). 

  1. "Right-click" the link (or Mac equivalent of right-click) instead of left-clicking it.
    This should bring up a browser menu that will enable you to open the link in a new window or tab. You'll now have two windows or tabs open:  one with your starting/departure page and one with your arrival page. You'll often want to to close your arrival page when you've finished with it, or you'll end up with a lot of windows open in your browser.
  2. Use the browser back-button after you've finished with the arrival page.
    This will take you back to where you came from. (See also next section: Breadcrumbs).

* Note: Links to external content should always open in a different window or tab.


Breadcrumbs tell you approximately where you are in the website. They are clickable and will go to the indicated place on the website. Unlike in Hansel and Gretel, they don't tell you exactly where you have come from: they typically link to the major landing or hub pages.

Where we think you might well want to go back to the previous page rather than the major landing or hub page, we include a link in the breadcrumb that should work exactly the same as the browser back button.

Opening PDF documents

When you click a link to a PDF document in your browser, there are many different ways the browser can handle it.  Increasingly browsers seem to want to open PDF documents directly in the browser itself rather than via, say, Acrobat PDF reader. If they do so, they may open it in your current window, so it replaces the Mouritz website. This might happen if you were trying to retrieve an article from the Mouritz Articles collection.

Exactly what happens depends partly on your browser settings, which will be global for PDF files across all your websites. But different browsers offer different flexibilities and options; and the options and the way you set them frequently seem to change. If you google for how to change settings the information you see is not always up to date.

To avoid misleading you, we have not attempted to document all the available options for all the various browsers here, but there are some general options to consider if you are not happy with how your current settings work.

  1. You can try right-clicking the link to the PDF. This may allow you to open it in a separate tab. But for example in the Edge browser, you might get a content-not-found error message. So this is not a guaranteed solution.
  2. In your browser settings, look in Settings for Download settings ...
    ... BUT be aware that other browser settings can over-ride these for PDF files (thanks, software people!), so:
  3. For example, in the Edge browser you need to look under Cookies and Site Permissions for what happens with PDF files; and in the Chrome browser you also have to look under Privacy and security (and expand some of the sections within it) for what happens with PDF files.

Good luck!

Example of settings in Chrome browser. This is just to illustrate the potential difficulty finding the right settings, where the route will take you through Settings-->Privacy and security--> Permissions --> Additional permissions --> Additional content settings.

Additional content settings

Additional content settings