Valley Digital Image Archive
From the main page
- Keyword Search
To search all collections and retrieve the greatest number
of results, simply enter a keyword in the search box on
the main page and click the button marked “go”.
Results will appear on a new page.
To retrieve greater results, try adding the “*”
as a wildcard character to the end of your keyword. A
search of “boat*” will retrieve terms like
‘boats’ and ‘boating’.
- Browse by organization
To view all items from a single organization, choose the
name of the organization from the drop down menu, and
click the button marked “go”. Results will
appear on a new page.
While browsing, you have the option to change the way
results are displayed. The default is the grid view. To
change the view, click one of the options on the menu
bar near the top on the right:
[View: Grid Thumbnails Bibliographic Titles]
Grid — displays a thumbnail image with several fields.
Thumbnails — displays a thumbnail image and the
item title only.
Bibliographic — displays text from several fields
Titles — displays only item titles.
Use the Advanced Search feature to:
Search multiple fields (up to four)
Limit your search to certain collections
Browse an index for search terms
Important note: In Advanced Search, the default is to only
search for images from a single organization (currently Musser
Public Library). To search for images from another organization
or multiple organizations, before your search you must, click
“Select Collection” from the menu bar below the
search boxes. This will bring you to another page where you
can choose the collections to search. Click “OK”,
and you will go back to the Advanced Search page.
- Search Multiple Fields
The Advanced Search feature is on the left side of the
screen. To search multiple fields simultaneously, choose
the field names to search from the drop-down menu boxes
and enter search terms in the empty boxes. Click “Search”
from the menu bar below the search boxes.
If the results are not satisfactory, try searching fewer
fields or try adding the “*” as a wildcard
character to the end of your keywords. A search of “boat*”
will retrieve terms like ‘boats’ and ‘boating’.
You may also search for a phrase by using quotes around
your search terms, for example “Mississippi River”.
- Browsing the index for search terms
When searching for images in a single collection, you
may browse for index terms use the boxes on the right
side of the screen. In the drop-down menu box, choose
a field to browse a list of indexed terms. The list will
appear in the box below. Scroll through the list to find
a search term. Double click the term, and it will automatically
load into the Advanced Search box on the left. Click “Search”
from the menu bar below the search boxes. You may choose
terms from up to four fields by repeating the process.
Please note: browsing the index is not available when
searching two or more collections.