There are currently three search options available in the TDL: Basic Search, Advanced Search, and Collection Search. The following descriptions explain the differences between these serach tools and offer tips on how to use them.
The Basic Search Interface
The Basic Search interface, located on the left side-bar of the TDL pages, allows patrons to search broadly across the available TDL resources. Three types of basic searches are offered in the Basic Search Interface: All, Full text, and Metadata.
All searches the broadest combination of information about and included in a text document. The body of text documents, bibliographic information about the text documents, and descriptive information about images are queried in an All search.
Full text searches the body of a text document, excluding any bibliographic information.
Metadata searches the bibliographic information about a resource, title and descriptive information about an image, and select types of information included in a text document, such as locations, personal names, and dates – when available.
Search results may be returned in groups of 10, 25, or 50. The default is 10 search results listed per page. Use Results per page drop-down menu to select the desired number of results viewable on each page.
Use the page numbers in the lower right corner of the search results listing to move to the next pages of results.
The Advanced Search Interface
The Advanced Search Interface offers patrons the ability to apply up to three metadata filters, choosing from 11 categories of information types, to their searches in order to refine or constrain a Full text search.
All searches the broadest combination of bibliographic information about and included in a text document, along with the descriptive information about an image. It combines all of the categories listed below:
|creator||Person, business, or organization responsible for creating the resource.||Example: "Miller" returns Russell Miller’s Light on the Hill Collection|
|collection||Identification value applied to resources in the TDL that reflects its association with physical or intellectual collections administarted by the DCA. The combination of letters and numbers matches with the collection numbering found in the DCA finding aids.||Example: "MS036" returns resources from the Melville Munro Collection (collection number MS036 in the DCA’s collections management system)|
|date||Specific years associated either with the resource’s creation or online availability in the TDL. Also searches some historical dates within the body of text documents. Dates are most often by year only.||Example: "1966" returns resources with a date of 1966.|
|description||Brief passage or notes about the resource contained in the descriptive or bibliographic information.||Example: "history of Tufts" returns Russell Miller’s Light on the Hill.|
|organizations||Corporate entities, business names, and other groups officially identified in text documnets and in the descriptive information for images.||Example: "Jackson College" Nurses standing behind the Ziskind Laboratory, ca. 1964|
|people||Individuals selected for identification in text documnets and in the descriptive information for images.||Example: "Marshall" returns image titled John P. Marshall, 1879.|
|places||Locations selected for identification in text documnets and in the descriptive information for images.||Example: "Theater District" returns image titled Nurses standing behind the Ziskind Laboratory, ca. 1964.|
|topics||Terms or values selected for identification of broader categorization of an object.||Example: "Buildings" returns image titled Nurses standing behind the Ziskind Laboratory, ca. 1964|
|title||Name used to identify the resource.||Example: "Hill" returns Russell Miller’s Light on the Hill|
|type||Defines the intellectual format of the resource, taken from Dublin Core’s definitions of object types.||Example: "text" returns Russell Miller’s Light on the Hill.|
Please see the Glossary for a more detailed explanation of how these cataegories are defined and what sources are selected, in terms of TEI, EAD, Dublin Core, and TDL elements.
Search results may be returned in groups of 10, 25, or 50. The default is 10 search results listed per page. Use the "Results per page" drop-down menu to select the desired number of results viewable on each page.
Use the page numbers in the upper and/or lower right corner of the search results listings to move to the next group of results. After the first ten groups, click on next to proceed to the remaining groups, on group at a time.