- THE VIETNAM CENTER AND ARCHIVE
- Texas Tech University
How to Use the Virtual Vietnam Archive Maps Search Page
The Browse Results lists the results of your search in an order of your choosing. Up to 25 records are listed per page. This listing consists of basic information about the maps, links to various versions of the digital copy of the map (if available), and a link to more detailed information about the map. The basic structure of the page is the same as the rest of the Virtual Vietnam Archive.
The information displayed on the Browse Results Page is the most basic information available about the item, including its title, sheet number, creation date, countries, links (either an icon or thumbnail) to different digital versions of the map, if available (if the item is not available, in most cases the icon will be replaced with a not available icon:).
Generally, five links to digital versions are provided. Clicking on the thumbnail takes users to medium sized JPG version within their browser. Below the thumbnail are four links. The sizes of the files are listed to the right of the description. The first listing is usually for a full-sized PDF version of the map. This full-sized version can be taken to a printing store and printed for you, resulting in a map that is very close to identical to the original. Viewing the full-sized version on your computer in Adobe Acrobat or Adobe Reader allows you to zoom in to see the very fine details of the maps. The second link is to an 8.5x11 inch pdf version. This file is usually very small in size, and will download or open very quickly, but does not have the high quality of the full-sized version. This smaller PDF can be printed very easily on most printers. The third version is to a large JPG image, and this is followed by a link to a smaller JPG version. Is some cases, more links will be provided to a different version of the map, such as a Vietnamese Language version.
Please note that the larger sized images (the full-sized PDF and the large JPG) make take a very long time to open. We do not recommend that users with dial-up internet try to access these versions. Please feel free to contact us to obtain the map through another method. For users with high-speed connections, we suggest that, instead of clicking on the link to open the item directly, right-click on the link and save the map directly to your computer. This will download faster (it may still take some time, but will be faster than opening directly), and then you can view the map at your leisure. Additionally, on occasion, when trying to open large files directly from the web, your session can be timed out by a variety of sources, preventing you from successfully downloading the item.
If your search resulted in more that 25 hits, then at the top and the bottom of each page a set of links will appear. The size of this set varies depending on the number of search results. In this set you will see the number of the page you are on, and links on the left and right to the previous and next sets of 25 hits, as well as links to other pages in the results, allowing you, as an example, to quickly jump to results 125-150. To leave the Browse Results page, click the Return to Search link in the left column to return to the Search Page, or Exit the Virtual Archive to end your session. If you were brought to the Browse List page through one of the View Country Province Maps, a link to return you to the province you had been viewing will also be displayed here.
It is possible to change the order in which your results are displayed on the Browse Results page by using the drop-down menu near the top of the page. The default sort order is by sheet (or item) number. By using the drop-down menu, you can re-sort your results by Title or Country.
In the upper right corner of each record is a link labeled "See More Information". Clicking this link takes you to a page listing only that record that provides more in-depth information about the item. This page will be covered in the next section of the tutorial.