New York Public Library Digital Library Collections

Digital Library Collections -- The Mapleson Cylinders - Program Notes

Using the Button Console   Navigating the Site    Searching the Collections


Using the Button Console

You will find a series of icons at either the top or bottom of the screen. Use the button bar to navigate rather than your browser's back button.
Expand Listing The Expand Listing button will reveal subsections in the Table of Contents. The button opens one subsection at a time. You can also expand and collapse listings by clicking on the blue arrows in the Table of Contents. 
Collapse Listing The Collapse Listing button hides the subsections in the Table of Contents. The button closes one listing at a time. 
Searching Type a word or multiple words in the space and click the "Search" button.  (See below for instructions and tips.
Clear Search The Clear Search button clears the current search from the search field and removes all hits in the Table of Contents and Content windows. 
Back The left arrow jumps back to the previous page or section. 
Next page The right arrow jumps forward to the next page or section. 
Table of Contents The up arrow jumps to the Table of Contents. (Only seen in the No Frames view)
No Frames

Navigating the Site

On entering the Library of Performing Arts Site, you can select from a number of electronic texts in the collection. You may search across this collection for a keyword or phrase (see Searching the Texts below) or you may select the Specific Search Query to create a more targeted search. You may also select, from this page, an individual electronic text to browse or search.

When you select an individual electronic text, your browser will display 3 frames.

When you are navigating through a search in frames mode and you wish to return to the Contents List which contains search results, use your browser's Go pull-down menu and select the last page visited. The Back button will only update the individual frames one at a time.

The arrows at the top and bottom of the text in the Contents Frame (the right frame) move the display to Previous and Next text pages in the Table of Contents. In the No Frames version, the arrow that points upward returns you to the Table of Contents.

Searching the Collections

The Button Console provides the following search controls:
Search Box  The white box used to enter search terms for any type of search. 
Search Finding Aid Button  Sends the query you have entered in the Search Field. 
Clear Search Button  Clears the current search from the Search Field and removes all results indicated in the Table of Contents and Content windows. 
Right Arrow  Appears when your search has retrieved more than one hit. It allows you to jump to the next search result. 
Left Arrow  Appears once you have begun navigating through the hits of search result which retrieved more than one hit. It allows you to jump back to the previous search result. 

The number of results within each item will appear in the Table of Contents window. The word or phrase searched appears in red. All results are shown in full context, that is, results are shown within the finding aid in the Contents screen. By selecting an item in the Table of Contents window, you pull up the complete text of the section of the finding aid containing the search result. The results are marked in red in the Contents Window.


To search for a phrase, simply type the desired phrase in the search field. No quotation marks are necessary.

Combining Terms

The operators "and", "or" and "not" allow you to control the scope of your searches. "And" looks for occurrences of words or phrases within 20 words of one another. "Or" is used to construct lists of multiple keywords or phrases. "And Not" is useful for screening out unwanted search results.

Parenthesis may be used to control the search expression. The expression in parenthesis is evaluated first. Wildcard Characters

A question mark (?) will match any single character, while an asterisk (*) will match 0 or more characters. An asterisk used by itself stands for an entire word.

Proximity Searching

Use the keywords "after", "before", "of", "within", "word", or "words" to limit your search by word proximity. For example:

Case Sensitivity

Searches are not Case Sensitive.


Some common words, such as "the" and "a", are considered stopwords and are normally not searchable. You may include these words in your search, however they will be replaced with a "*", which will match any single word.

More Information

For more information about the DynaWeb search software, please consult the Dynaweb Guide.

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