We realized that our new website is chock full of new things for users to explore and discover but that a guide might be helpful. We’ll be posting on the blog over the next couple of weeks some “tours” of the new pages and resources on the website to better help you find your way.
Once you’ve run a search and found a document, what exactly are you looking at?
You are at what we call a Digital Library Record which contains a lot of information. At the top of the page, you see a list of Subject terms associated with this item. If you find one that is just what you have been looking for, clicking on it will run a search and return all items cataloged with that subject term. A very easy way to see everything pertaining to a subject interesting to you!
Also, if you scroll down the page, you’ll see the portlet titled Related Digital Library Records. This portlet brings your attention to other documents which use similar subject headings and might be of use to you if you would rather not just click on the subject headings themselves.
Going down the page, you find all the metadata about the item you are looking at including a Creator, a Creation date and a Description of the item. If you want to know more, simply click on the View Expanded Record Details link to reveal more information such as the Period in Roosevelt’s life the document pertains to, the Resource Type of the document and much more. We don’t know this information for every item in the DL but when we know it, we make sure that the user can see it.
Once you’ve looked through the metadata and decided this is a document you’d like to read, simply click on one of the thumbnails on the right to get started. This takes you to our image viewer with great zooming capacity to make sure you can get as close to the document as you want. You can also print or download the image from the Image Viewer.
So, let’s say you want to save this document so you can always find it. My Collections can help. Simply create an account on our website and get started. You can organize documents into different collections, flag certain pages of documents and keep notes all right in the TR Center website.
You can also make your discoveries public so users coming behind you can see what you found. It is one of the unique ways we are helping our users share their knowledge with us and with each other. You can see if other people have saved a document to their collections and made it public by looking for a portlet called Others Researching. This portlet only appears when users have saved an item to a publically available collection.
For more information about how My Collections works, you can see our how-to guide for the My Collections area.
Our next areas to explore are the audience portals.