Thank you Betty...each time you add these features, I find it easier to
teach kids...thank you, thank you.
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but to question it." (Jacob Bronowski)
> -----Original Message-----
> From: American Memory Fellows [mailto:[log in to unmask]]On Behalf Of
> Elizabeth L. Brown
> Sent: Monday, November 09, 1998 8:41 AM
> To: Multiple recipients of list AMFELLOWS
> Subject: Search screens updated
> Hi y'all.
> If you've used American Memory much in the past few weeks, you've noticed
> that some of the search pages have been upgraded. If you
> haven't, let this
> message serve as a "heads-up."
> For example, the main American Memory search page
> <http://memory.loc.gov/ammem/mdbquery.html> now give the following options
> via pull-down menus:
> -- Collections option:
> search all collections OR search for itmes from a single format.
> All collections is the default, individual formats are selected
> from a pull-down menu.
> -- Boolean options now available. The default is the same as before:
> "match any of the words" (ranked by relevance, in groups, as before).
> The other pull-down menu choices are: "match the exact phrase"
> and "match all of the words"
> -- Word stem options.
> "Include word variants, e.g. plurals" is the default.
> The other (pull down menu) option is "match words exactly"
> -- Limits output to 500 by default, however this can be easily changed
> to a larger or smaller number.
> Many of the old rules still apply. For example, the Walt Whitman
> are not transcribed and are, therefore, not searchable with this tool.
> Also, multi-format collections (e.g. Evolution of the Conservation
> Movement; American Variety Stage)--have other special considerations. The
> folks making the index had to choose one format per collection for the
> purpose of this tool. These two collections, for example, have photos,
> sound files, motion pictures, but are indexed with the document
> collections. For the exceptions, visit the collections by format pages.
> These are linked in the light purple section of the American Memory home
> page (and other pages) under the word "BROWSE." Just click on the format:
> Photos & Prints, Documents, Motion Pictures, Maps, or Sound Recordings to
> see the list of what collections will be searched when you limit by a
> particular format.
> Everything in the "What American Memory resources are included in this
> search?" page <http://memory.loc.gov/ammem/mdbnote.html> still applies.
> Also, some of the individual collections now offer searching in specific
> fields. For example see the search page of the collection
> "California As I
> Saw It: First-Person Narratives of California's Early Years, 1849-1900"
> Another example: the American Life Histories collection doesn't have
> cataloging available for the individual items, so its search tool searches
> the full text. This is noted on the collection's upgraded search page
> <http://memory.loc.gov/ammem/wpaquery.html>. Some of the options
> earlier are availalbe here too.
> In the George Washington Papers
> <http://memory.loc.gov/ammem/gwhtml/gwhome.html>, you may now sort the
> results set by date after you've done your search -- assuming you limited
> your results set to fewer than 500 hits. This is because of the
> "normalized" dates in this collection.
> These upgrades have been the result of a team exploring these things for a
> while now. Susan Veccia has been working closely with this
> group. They're
> not done yet, so watch for more updates.
> Elizabeth L. Brown, M.L.S.
> National Digital Library Program, LIBN/NDL/VC(1330)
> Library of Congress, Washington, DC 20540-1300
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