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A look at the different ways of finding things in the Chinese Digital Community.

Introduction

There are a number of different ways to find material in this site. You can find things by discovery, or you can search for specific material.

The homepage provides these ways to discover material:

  • browse
  • featured topics
  • keyword tags
  • latest 5 topics

You can also find material by

  • keyword search
  • following hyperlinks

Hyperlinks are bits of highlighted and underlined text, or they could be an image that cause the cursor to change to a hand when you move your cursor over it. Every page will have a number of hyperlinks and they are the way to move around this site.

Browse

By clicking on the browse button from the menu in the top left hand corner of the screen, you can see the entire contents of the site, with each item type displaying on a seperate tab. To view images only, click on the second tab , video clips on the fourth tab etc.

You can vary how many records display per page by clicking on 5, 10, 20 or 50 records per page, from the menu at the bottom left of the screen. This makes it a pretty quick task to scan a few hundred items in a few minutes.

Browsing is a really easy way to track of new additions to the site; the lists are sorted with the newest or edited ones displaying first.

Featured Topics

These are a selection of topics selected as being of particular interest. You can view the featured topic by clicking on the image or the link to 'view more'. Once you are at the topic page you can dig deeper by clicking on any of the links on the page.

Latest 5 Topics

The newest 5 topics to be added to the site display on the bottom left portion of the homepage. Just click on the hyperlinked title to go to the full record.

Keyword Searching

The site is searched by typing a few words in the keyword search box in the top right hand corner of the site; 1 - 3 words are usually enough.

You can truncate a word if you are not sure of the spelling or want to include variants on a word; for instance you could enter 'peters' if you are not sure whether a name is spelled 'Petersen' or 'Peterson'.

The search box will accept simple boolean operators. This means you can search on a phrase if you place it between quote marks. For example a search on  'family history' will only produce results that contain those two words together in a phrase, and leave out all the records containing both of these words but not sitting beside each other eg a Topic containing: 'the Peterson family was very interested in history'. You can also use and and or and not to join phrases together.

The site uses fuzzy searching. This means that if you misspell a word it will try and find something close. For instance a search on 'polo' will also bring up results for 'pole' because we only had one result for 'polo' and you may have meant 'pole'.

View Search Results

Search results are sorted by item or file type, with each item type on its own 'tab'. Tabs in this site work like tabbed divider pages in a ringbinder, separating items into different categories

  • topics
  • images or photographs
  • audio clips
  • video clips
  • weblinks or urls
  • documents
  • discussion comments

To view the results, click on the tab of the item type you want to look at. The number on the tab shows how many records there are of each type.

Each item type will display a list of results which matched your search terms. To view a particular record, click on anything which is a hyperlink. Clicking on a hyperlink will take you to the full record of the particular item.

By default, the search results display 5 records per page. To view the next 'page' click on the next link on the right hand side of the screen (about 1/2 way down). You can also use the previous link to move backwards and forwards.

You can change the number of records that display per page by selecting a 10, 20 or 50 from the menu at the bottom left hand corner of the screen.

The Chinese Digital Community wishes to acknowledge that the content on this page has been adapted from a similar page on Kete Horowhenua.

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