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Research Suggestions for Successful Results

Depending on how deeply you want to dive into Theodore Roosevelt and his world, we give you all the gear you need for your adventure.

Dipping your toes in

Diving from the side of the pool

Ready for the high (deep) dive?

Dipping your toes in

  • If you are new to the history of Theodore Roosevelt and subjects related to the former president, the “Learn About TR” tab is a good place to start. The dropdown menu gives a biography, timelines, quotes, and a TR Encyclopedia which is a good place to begin researching TR Themes.
  • In the TR Encyclopedia, each Theme contains several articles about people, topics and events. Explore the various themes to get started learning about TR and his world.
  • When you are reading an individual encyclopedia article, three areas of the screen can you lead you to other useful content:
    • At the right are Related Digital Library Records.
    • At the top of the page, just under the article title, are relevant Subjects. These subject headings link to items in the digital library cataloged with those headings.
    • At the bottom of each article, other Related Content appears – other encyclopedia articles or blog entries elsewhere on the website. 

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Diving from the side of the pool

  • Search – at the top of every page of the website
    • Type a word or phrase in the Search box, and you will find everything on the website related to that word or phrase:  digital library items, blog entries, encyclopedia articles, etc.
      • Example:  bison yields more than 30 results
    • Limit your results by using the “View” categories at the left:  Digital Library, All But Digital Library, etc.

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  • Digital Library Advanced Search
    • If you are interested in a specific subject, look for the “Advanced Search” link found throughout the site. (One way to find it is on the Research tab, where it appears below “Search the Digital Library,” at the right.) An advanced search will help narrow down the number of documents in the results list, getting at those most relevant to your subject of interest.
    • Use the dropdown menu next to “Search Criteria.” Select the Subject or Description fields to begin your search. Then type the word(s) in which you are interested into the box at the right. Click “Search” and review the results.
      • Example:  Subject arrow Quentin
    • If there are too many results, add additional “Search Criteria” and click “Search” again.
      • Example:  Subject arrow Quentin
        Subject arrow war
        Resource Type arrow letter
        (Note: The Resource Types are in a dropdown box. Experiment with these and see how it changes your results.)
    • But wait, how do I add a third criterion? Click the green + at the right of the text box. You can create up to 4 criteria to limit your search.
    • One additional way to find relevant subjects is by viewing the documents in your results list, and seeing what other subject headings are used.
      • Example:  Subject arrow enfranchisement
    • Among the results, subjects listed include Women—Suffrage and Voting

      • Click on an item to view its subject headings (right under the item’s title, in small blue type), then click on the subject links to find all the other items with the same subjects.
    • Remember that the results of all these searches will display links to other related digital library records – look at the right for “similar” items.
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