- THE VIETNAM CENTER AND ARCHIVE
- Texas Tech University
How to Use the Virtual Vietnam Archive
The Browse Results Page
The Browse Results lists the results of your search in an order of your choosing. This listing consists of basic information about the item, a link to the digital version of the item (if available), and a link to more detailed information about the item. The basic structure of the page is the same as the rest of the Virtual Vietnam Archive.
This page also includes a Quick Search box (not pictured) at the top of the page. This Quick Search is exactly the same as the Quick Search Page upon entering, and has a 50 hit limit.
The information displayed on the Browse Results Page is the most basic information available about the item, including its title, collection, creation date, item number, media type, and a link (either an icon or thumbnail) to the digital version of the item, if available (if the item is not available, in most cases the icon will be replaced with a not available icon:). In the top right corner of each record is a link to more information about that record (see later section on the More Information Page).
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.
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 relevance. With this selected, the records are displayed in an attempt to give your the results that best fit your search first. This is not an exact science, though. By using the drop-down menu, you can re-sort your results by Title, Collection, Creation Date, Media Type, or Item Number.
When looking at a large number of results, you may want to skim through quickly and select some records to look at more in-depth. To organize these onto a Browse Results page with fewer results, select the checkbox for each record you want to move to the smaller results page. Then, once all of the records you are interested in are selected, click the "Display Selections" link in the left column. This takes you to the Selected Items List, which is arranged in much the same way as the Browse Results page. Items are sorted by Title, and this sorting cannot be changed. To return to the page with all of your search results, click the "Return to Full List" link in the left column.
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.
For document records, at the bottom of each record are two links that will pull up all items from the folder or box that the item is in, allowing users to see the documents that are located around, and therefore may be related to, the document in question.