Help With Bibliography Searching
You may limit your search to a date range of your choice. The default values
displayed in the date boxes in the search screen reflect the maximum date
range for the databaes you are searching. The form will not allow you to
replace these with dates o utside of this range. You may, however, replace
these with dates reflecting a smaller range of years. For example, if the
database contains citations for items published between 1800 and 1900,
you would not be able to search for anything from 1950. You could search
for items published between 1850 and 1860 (for example) by replacing the
default values in the date boxes.
Sorting and sort thresholds
By default, records are sorted by author, last name first. If there is
no author, the results are sorted alphabetically by title. For results
sets up to 1000 records, you may change the sort to a chronological or
reverse chronological sort by using the pull down menu in the upper right-hand
corner of your results screen. This feature will not work with results
sets larger than 1000 records. If you have more than 1000 records in your
result sec tion you will see a message that says "threshold exceeded" in
place of the sort menu.
This system searches exactly for what you type. To search variations and
the plural of a word, include an asterisk * at the end of the word. For
example, war*, will look for wars, warrior, warm and so forth. The simple
term war will look only for the word war.
Downloading and emailing records
You may save records and either email them to yourself or download them
as an html file.
To save records: Click on the "add to bookbag" link following
the record. Your bookbag will stay with you for a period of time,
at least 2 hours. You can do different searches and continue
to add to the bookbag. The bookbag can hold up to 500 records. You may
view your bookbag at any time by clicking on the "view bookbag" link in
the navigation bar at the top of the main window.
Clear your bookbag at anytime by viewing the bookbag and then clicking
on the "erase bookbag" button.
To email your saved records: Click on the "email records" button.
You will be presented with a form that asks for your email address. Simply
fill it in and then click on the "email records" button.
To download your saved records: Click on the "download records"
button. The records will be downloaded to your browser
as plain text. If you browser has a helper application configured
for plain text the record will appear in the helper application otherwise
it will appear in the main window of your browser.
Records will be emailed or downloaded in the long display
Short and long displays
On both the results screens and on the bookbag you have the option of viewing
a short or long display of records. The default is a short view. The short
view is the author, title and citation (publishing information). The long
display is the full bibliographic record and contains whatever information
is available in the database (such as subjects, notes, holdings).
Last updated: 01/15/01