Dyabola is an essential resource for archaeology research, but can be a little baffling. In no particular order, here are a few comments about how it works based on my work with it so far. It reminds me a lot of the CD-ROM interface I used for it in 1993.
- It includes several collections of data we don’t subscribe to–they are in grey on the list and marked “get license”.
- You’ll need to check the box labeled “Activate IP access” and hit “start”. Select the language of the interface by clicking on the flag you like.
- Dyabola keeps a list of successful searches (i.e., ones with results) on the right; you can get back to a previous search by clicking on it, or return to the main menu by selecting Search Result Options.
- What it’s searching is authors and titles; it’s also possible to browse by subject or by DAI record number.
- Simple keyword searching appears to work fairly well
- It is possible to combine lists of search results; it’s necessary to search multi-word phrases individually and combine them into a new result…which you have to name.
- It is possible to print a list of citations
- Author searching is gender-neutral. Which is to say, use initials rather than first names.
- When you do a search it opens up a separate window without the usual browser back button and other controls
- you can right-click (Windows) or option-click (Mac) to get the Back option
- you can also click on one of the terms in Session Results on the right to get back to a set of results
Questions? Just ask!