How to Search the Database

Keyword Search
   > How do I search for a...?

Search Results

Manual Map Search

   > Display Local Records
   > Regional Zoom Menu
   > World Overview Map

Map View Tools


Keyword Search

Use this feature to search for specific keywords in a desired dissertation, such as its title, author name, advisor name, location, or publication date.

Follow these easy steps to complete a search:

1) Select from "Search All..." the desired category to search in. By default, "Search All..." provides search results from all record details. Other categories available include: Author, Title, Year, Committee Chair, Committee Members, and Location.

2) Enter a keyword for your search. Searches are NOT case sensitive. Single and multiple word searches are possible. Boolean search terms are available if "Search All..." is selected as the search category. Examples of boolean search terms that are available are as follows:

AND : requires following term for inclusion in results

NOT : opposite of AND, excludes following term from results

OR : allows inclusion of following term in results

+ : same as AND above

- : same as NOT above

" " : all words within double quotes are treated as a single search phrase

3) Finally, to actually perform the search, click on the "Search" button to the right, as shown above.

How do I search for a...?

Dissertation by a particular person:

Select "Author" as the desired category to search in. Enter the exact spelling of the name (first or last, or both) to search for. Click on the "Search" button, and the results will be displayed below.

Dissertations done in a geographic area:

Select "Location" as the desired category to search in. Enter the exact spelling of the place to search for. Click on the "Search" button, and the results will be displayed below.

Alternately, a regional search can be performed using the "Jump to Location" menu on the top right corner of the map (see Manual Map Search: Regional Zoom Menu, below), or by manually navigating to the region and clicking the "Display Local Records" button at the top center of the map (see Manual Map Search: Display Local Records, below).

Dissertations by faculty advisors:

Select "Committee Chair " or "Committee Memebers" as the desired category to search in. Enter the exact spelling of the place to search for.

Click on the "Search" button, and the results will be displayed below. The results will be sorted according the name of the committee chair, or the first committee member listed in the record.


Search Results

When a search is performed, and results are successfully found, they are displayed in the Results tab on the right side of the map. Each record includes the year, author's name, title, location, chairperson, and committee members. In addition, each record includes a link to the UC Berkeley Pathfinder library reference, and the UMI ProQuest Digital Dissertation collections. These services may or may not be available depending the dataset, and on your local access priviledges.

Each record year and author name includes a link to the project location on the map. Simply click on the headline name of the author to zoom to each record location.

A Direct Map Link is also available for each record, allowing the user to copy a special URL for use elsewhere, linking directly to the record on the map.

Finally, additional information may be available for each record, including specific location coordinates, alternate monograph titles, secondary locations, and more. Just click "More information..." to see what is available.



In conjunction with the results made availabe in the Results tab to the right of the map, red markers are displayed on the map that correspond with the results. When the result record is clicked, or the mapped marker is clicked, a label is displayed on the map that shows the the title and location for that record.

To view additional detailed information in the Results tab for each record, click "More information...", or on the Author's name itself.

Each label also includes a Map Detail control, that allows the user to zoom to the desired level of detail on the map.


Manual Map Search

Using a manual map search may be preferable to using the keyword search when specifics of the dissertation(s) are not known, or when browsing for dissertations in a general region.

To zoom in or out, or to pan north, south, east and west, you may use the simple pan and zoom controls (shown on left) on the upper-left corner of the map to navigate.

However, using the mouse cursor (hand) on the map may be much more efficient.

- To zoom in, double click with the left mouse button.
- To zoom out, double click with the right mouse button.
- To pan the map in any direction, simply click on the map and drag it around in the desired direction.

Display Local Records

 

 

The Display Local Records control allows the user to instantly display all local records within the current view. If the user is not at a sufficient level of zoom, the map will zoom in automatically in order to display the local records.

The "Auto" option keeps this function running, and as the user pans around the map, the records automatically update on the fly. The "Auto" function may not be suitable for some slower computers.

Regional Zoom Menu

The Regional Zoom Menu, headed by "Jump to a Location" allows the user to select a regional location to zoom in to. Simply click the drop down menu, and select the location of interest.

Click the "Go" button as shown to confirm your choice. The map will zoom to the selected region and display all local records in that area.

World Overview Map

The World Overview Map displays the full extent of the map at all times. It allows the user to assess the larger context of their current map view by dragging within to overview map to the desired location. By double-clicking on the overview map in another location, the user can also relocate their map view at the same scale.

Below the Overview Map is the Map Type control, which allows the user to select the "Normal" (traditional illustrative), "Satellite" and "Hybrid" map modes. This control does not affect the function of the map, only the appearance. The best means of understanding this control is to simply try it!


Map View Tools

The Map View Control provides the ability to save and retrieve the current map zoom and center location point.

To save the current view, simply click on "Save". The saved view will be indicated by the orange highlighted "Saved" button.

To restore the map view, simply click the "Saved" button. The "World" button allows the user to return to the full world view at any time.

 

The Search Results Control provides the ability to save and retrieve the current search results, and the corresponding markers on the map.

To save the current result set, simply click on "Save". The saved results will be indicated by the orange highlighted "Saved" button.

To restore the last result set, simply click the "Saved" button. The "Clear" button allows the user clear all results and markers from the map at any time.

To create a dynamic link to the current result set, click the "Link" button. This provides a special URL code for use in other applications, directly linking to the map at the current location and result parameters.

 

The Lat / Lng coordinate indicator provides a utility for those who wish to check the actual coordinate location of a particular site or feature on the map. The Lat / Lng tool can be toggled between real-time update, and click-to-update by clicking on "Lat / Lng"


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Last updated November, 2002.