NHPRC Update: Searching with CARDinal

If you’ve been keeping up with our blog recently, you’ll know that we made our new archives catalog, CARDinal, available to the public November 1st. As we continue to add new information, I wanted to give you a preview of just how much easier it is to search our materials with CARDinal.

Let’s say you are interested in learning more about Adonijah Welch, first president of what would become Iowa State University. You can use quick search to bring up any records that contain his name within the finding aid:

A screenshot of the quick search function in CARDinal.

A screenshot of the Quick Search function in CARDinal.

Doing that will bring up these results:

Screenshot of quick search results in CARDinal.

A screenshot of Quick Search results in CARDinal.

You can also use the Advanced Search to get more specific. Let’s say you only want to find materials created by Adonijah Welch. Enter his name in the Creator field:

Screenshot of Advanced Search in CARDinal.

A screenshot of Advanced Search in CARDinal.

And you’ll get these results:

A screenshot of Advanced Search results in CARDinal.

A screenshot of Advanced Search results in CARDinal.

Advanced Search can even get more specific. Use the check boxes or “More Search Options” at the bottom of the page to further limit your results:

A screenshot of the further options for Advanced Search in CARDinal.

A screenshot of the further options for Advanced Search in CARDinal.

That’s just a small preview. You can also browse creators, search records from a specific time period, or only bring up records that include links to electronic resources. As we continue adding subjects and other access points, the search results will become more accurate and navigable. The possibilities are virtually endless!

For more tips on how to use CARDinal, check out our Quick Reference Guide.

Give CARDinal a try and let us know what you think. Contact NHPRC Project Archivist Emily DuGranrut at emilyd1@iastate.edu with any questions or comments.

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This project has been generously funded by a grant from the National Historical Publications and Records Commission (NHPRC).

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