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Digital Collections Search Help: Viewing Items

Viewing Items:

Now that you have built your search, it is time to explore your search results. Depending on the type of item that you are searching for, you will be viewing your results in different ways. This section will dig into these methods.

Photographs:

 

The first steps of viewing a photograph are the same steps that you would take to view any item in our collection.

The details within the record for a photograph are also similar to those found with other types of items, so we will review those in this section as well.

 

Let's say that you wanted to get a closer look at this founder's day photograph from our University of Akron Photographs collection. You would start by clicking on the blue title "Founder's Day, 1966 (S2_B20_F1_21)." This will open up the more detailed view of this photo and its record.

You will now be on a page that looks like this:

If you select the blue box with a double-headed arrow in the top-right corner of the photograph, you can view a larger version of the photograph in a pop-up window.

To view more detailed information about the item, scroll to the "Item Description" section below the photograph.

This item description provides metadata for the photo including a date, description, size, and subject terms.

If you wish to see more items associated with any of the blue terms that you see in the description, you can click on them to bring up new search results including all items associated with that term. (ex. If you wanted to see more photos by the photographer Lewis Tobias, you could click on his name to bring them up, or if you wanted to see more photos tagged with "Schrank, Harry P." you could click on that subject term).

When you wish to return to your search results after viewing the item description, use the back arrow in the upper left corner of your web browser.

 

Click through the tabs below to explore the viewing specifics of different item types:

If the book or periodical that you wish to view is not divided into chapters, the item record will appear similarly to this:

From here you are able to select the blue double-headed arrow in the upper right corner of the preview image to bring up a pop-up window displaying the full PDF of the periodical or book.

When it comes to viewing a book with chapters or a periodical with individual sections, there are a few more steps to go through. If you pull up a book with chapters, your item record will look similar to this:

As you can see along the right side of the screen is a menu with chapters listed. In order to view these chapters, you must click on the blue title of the chapter that you wish to view, and then you click on the blue double-headed arrow in the upper right corner of the preview image to bring up a pop-up window displaying the full PDF of that particular chapter.

To view other chapters, you must close out of this pop-up PDF window, and click on the blue title of the chapter that you wish to read next, then select the blue double-headed arrow again.
 

Below a book with chapters or a periodical with sections, you will see an "object description" and an "item description." The "object description" describes the book or periodical as a whole, while the "item description" describes the individual chapter or section that you have selected from the right hand side menu. This "item description" will change and update as you click through the chapters or sections.

If you wish to view a video in our collection, you will first select the video that you wish to view.

You will then select the Youtube video link next to the thumbnail image in the item record.

This will bring you to a Youtube page where you can view the video.

 

We have oral histories with transcripts in our collection that you are able to read or watch.

If you select one of these oral histories, the item record should look similarly to this:

To view the full PDF transcript of the interview, select the blue double-headed arrow in the upper-right corner of the preview image.

If you wish to watch the interview, click on the thumbnail picture of the interview in the right-hand side menu.

 

The Youtube link next to the thumbnail image, when clicked, will bring you to the Youtube video of the interview.

To view a postcard, you will first select the item you wish to view from your search results.

Once you are in the item record for a postcard, you can view the back of the postcard by selecting the "B" link in the right hand side menu.

 

If you wish to view either side of the postcard larger, select the blue double-headed arrow in the upper right corner of the preview image.

Searching Within a Record:

If you wish to search for a specific word or phrase within an object, like a book, once you have the record open and have selected the chapter you wish to view from the right hand side menu, we recommend first clicking on the blue double-headed arrow in the upper right corner of the preview image.

 

Then to search within this chapter or section of the item, select the magnifying glass in the upper left corner of the pop-up window.

From there you are able to type in the word or words that you are looking for in the "find" bar, and the number on the far right of this bar will update with the number of results you get for that word.