|The "NYPL Finding Aids" button will take you to a page with descriptions of those divisions of the New York Public Library with archival collections for which finding aids are available on the site.|
|Displayed when viewing a finding aid, The "Division Finding Aids" button will take you to a list of the just those archival collections which finding aids are available for a particular division. Currently the following divisions have finding aids available at this site:
|Searching||Type a word or multiple words in the space and click the "Search" button. (See below for instructions and tips.)|
|The Clear Search button clears the current search from the search field and removes all hits in the Table of Contents and Content windows.|
|The left arrow jumps back to the previous page or section.|
|The right arrow jumps forward to the next page or section.|
Once you select any one of these choices, you will retrieve a list of items within your given choice. From this page, you may search across this selection 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 finding aid to browse or search.
When you select an individual finding aid, your browser will display 3 frames.
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.
|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.
Jazz dancesearches for these two terms in this order
The keywords "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.
notation OR choreographic notesretrieves all references to "notation" or "choreographic notes"
Graham AND deMillelooks for these terms within 20 words of each other
jazz AND NOT dancingscreens out "jazz dancing"
dance AND (modern or jazz)will retrieve both "dance" and "modern" as well as "dance" and "jazz"
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.
danc*will retrieve "dance", "dancing", "dancers"
wr?t*will retrieve "write", "wrote", "written", "writings"
Use the keywords "AFTER", "BEFORE", "OF", "WITHIN", "WORD", or "WORDS" to limit your search by word proximity. For example:
journey WITHIN 4 WORDS OF river
marriage WITHIN 10 WORDS AFTER family
Searches are not Case Sensitive.
CUNNINGHAMwill retrieve any reference to "Cunningham"
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.
the feverwill become
* feverand retrieve "scarlet fever", "high fever", and "fever"
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