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Using the Button Console - Navigating the Guide - Searching the Documents

Using the Button Console

You will find a series of icons at either the top or bottom of the Digital Schomburg site. Use the button bar to navigate rather than your browser's back button.

[Home]

The Home Page button will take you to the main page of the collection.

[Book]

The Book List button will take you to a list of all the items in the collection. From there, you may search across the entire collection.

[Expand]

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]

The Collapse Listing button hides the subsections in the Table of Contents. The button closes one listing at a time.

[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.

[Left Arrow]

The left arrow jumps back to the previous page.

[Rigth Arrow]

The right arrow jumps forward to the next page.

[Up Arrow]

The up arrow jumps to the Table of Contents (in the No Frames version).

The No Frames icon produces a single screen view of the Table of Contents, Contents, and Button Console.

The Frames icon produces a view with the Table of Contents to the left, Contents to the right, and Button Console at the bottom at the screen.

Navigating the Guide to the Research Collections

When you open the Guide, your browser will display 3 frames.

In the Table of Contents Frame will be listed all the major divisions of the Guide. Some of them will have blue triangles next to them. These indicate that this particular section contains other subdivisions. Clicking on the blue triangle opens that section and lists the divisions contained. These newly displayed sections may also triangles that indicate that they contain subdivisions. These may also be opened in the same way. The information in the Guide is organized into a number of levels and these are all represented in the Table of Contents. Clicking on any of these entries in the Table of Contents Frame will open the contents of that section in the Contents Frame. If you select a section with subdivisions all the subdivisions will appear in the Contents Frame.

Please note that the printed Table of Contents from Williams has also been transcribed as has the Index. If in using these you wish to go to a particular page you must use a special search as described below in Searching for a page number.

You may manipulate each frame independent of the content in the other frames on the screen. 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 screen move the display to Previous and Next text pages in the Navigation section. In the No Frames version, the arrow that points upward returns you to the Table of Contents.

You may also select No Frames from the Button Console. In No-Frames Mode, the Button Console is located at the top of each page with the Table of Contents on the main page of the document. The Content may be viewed by selecting an item in the Table of Contents.

Searching the Documents

The Button Console provides the following search controls:

Search Field

The white box used to enter search terms.

Search Book 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 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 when your search has retrieved more than one hit. It allows you to jump 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 document in the Contents screen. By selecting an item in the Table of Contents window, you pull up all the complete text with results marked in red in the Text Window.

Phrases

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

Combining Terms

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.

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.

Searching for a Page Number

Enter <pb n="###"> where ### is a three digit form of a number. Roman numerals may be used for pages so numbered.

Stopwords

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.


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