Using the Dig Memphis site

Now that we have had the new site for a few weeks, I thought I would share a few tips and tricks that will make it easier to use the Dig Memphis site and to find what you need.

Browsing

If you just want to wander through one or more collection, you can use the browse function.  Unfortunately, some users have noticed that the page navigation sometimes disappears.  (Page navigation being the page numbers at the upper-right of the item list that allow you to jump from page to page.)  It’s awfully hard to browse when you can’t switch pages.  Turns out, the page navigation’s visibility is tied to the screen resolution.  Your display resolution must be over 1100 pixels in width for the page numbers to be visible.  Hopefully, this problem will be ameliorated with the next upgrade, but until then… Don’t forget your glasses!

Searching

You can search the entire archive or you can select which collections you would like to include in your search.  If you go to the landing page for a particular collection and type a search term into the box on that page, your search will automatically be limited to that collection.   You can add or remove collections from your search by checking/unchecking the boxes on the left hand of your search results page.

When keyword searching, remember to keep it simple — one or two words will usually be plenty to narrow down your results.   Unless, of course, your keyword is “Memphis,” which will not be quite as helpful.

One other note – The upgraded software has been having trouble with apostrophes, ampersands and quotation marks.  Hopefully, a software update in the next month will take care of it all, so once again I ask that you excuse our imperfections for the time being. 

Enjoy your dig!

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