One of the things I love about searching on RICHES Mosaic Interface™ is that I never know what I’m going to find!
The digital database has a variety of search methods that lead to results. When you first bring up the screen, the map comes up…
Along with the text search.
This makes sense to me. As an internet native, I am accustomed to Google-type search options popping up. I just type in what I am looking for (“Helen Stairs Theater,” in this case) and voila – I get 238 results. Yay, research can commence!
But what if I am not interested in just anything with these words somewhere in the meta data? Tags to the rescue! Now, I type it into the “Tags.” 7 results! All were tagged with the words “Helen Stairs.” These are some very relevant search results.
Let’s say I am looking up the theater because I am interested in actors that may have performed in the region. Maybe my text search didn’t turn up much. You can also search by “Subject” – and there are lots of them!
A neat new feature that came out with the 2.5 release is the “Repository Search.” You can explore the collections of museums and historical societies that have documents or images on the topic you are interested in. Give it a try! It’s fun to browse these collections – all from the comfort of your computer!
Ready to explore? Click the “Categories” tab next to “Text Search.” You can use the drop-down checkboxes to find topics that appeal to you. You can also search by “Resource Type,” which narrows your results based on categories such as “Diaries,” “Oral Histories,” “Artwork,” and much more!
Go exploring on RICHES Mosaic Interface™ today and let us know what you find!