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Help Topics

General

Tips for beginners | Searching vs. browsing

Searching

Simple | Advanced | Understanding results

Browsing

Techniques

Other topics

OCR text vs. page images | Viewing and navigating texts | Printing | Browser requirements

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General

Tips for Beginners

Searching vs. browsing

Searching

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Searching

Simple searching

Simple searches are good for basic searching using few terms. Enter a word or phrase, including an author's name. The search looks for the terms anywhere in any of the texts. No search limit options are available. If using common words, this search may produce a very large number of results. For more complex searches, with search limit options, try an Advanced Search.

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Advanced searching

Boolean searching

Boolean searches allow you to combine up to three search terms or phrases and look for them in the same page or work.

For example:

Same page or work option:

How Boolean searches are executed:

If you had formulated your search as horse AND cattle OR sheep you would have gotten a very different set of results. Why?

Proximity searching

Proximity searches look for the co-occurrence of search terms. This allows you to specify the physical relationship between the words you are looking for—so you can look for words following each other or near each other.

For example:

Bibliographic searching

Bibliographic searches are useful for quickly locating items with a known title or author. You may also search using a known subject heading or for a keyword anywhere in the bibliographic citation (so you could also search for items from a particular publisher or all the works published in New York in 1930).

For example:

You want to find all the works in by members of the Bailey family.

  1. Enter Bailey in the text box.
  2. Select Author from the pull-down menu.
  3. Press the submit button.

Your results will list all works written by authors who have Bailey somewhere in their names.

Your results may contain some false matches if the words xxx and 1930 appear in other parts of the citation (such as the title), but most will match your desired criteria.

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Understanding search results

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Browsing

You can also browse through a bibliography of titles which are organized alphabetically.

Techniques

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Other topics

OCR text vs page images

This collection's materials have been encoded in a simple SGML form (a 40 element DTD conforming to the TEI Guidelines). This data includes the document text from the OCR process. Many users have asked if they can have access to the plain, uncorrected OCR text. We believe that in most cases people will still want to look at the page images of the books, but have decided to make the text available to users so they can save it, cut and paste, and to use the "find" feature on their Web browsers to locate a word on a page. We think that this will be of benefit to our users.

If you want to view the plain text, there are a couple of ways to accomplish this:

Please be aware that some of these texts are as long as 1,000 pages and will take a long time to download, particularly over a modem. Such a large download may also crash your Web browser.

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Viewing and Navigating a text

When you begin to view a book, you will also see a separate navigation frame at the top of your browser that looks like this (without the number labels).

This is what the various parts mean:

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Printing a text

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Browser requirements

This web site has been optimized for viewing at a screen resolution of 1024x768 or higher, using the latest version of Firefox, Chrome, or Internet Explorer for the PC or Mac. It utilizes DLXS version 13 for displaying collection content.

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If you have a question or comment you'd like to submit online, please contact us.

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