NHPRC Update: Searching with Subjects in CARDinal

With the new year comes exciting updates to our public archives catalog, CARDinal—you can now search for collections by subject!

There are two ways to utilize this new feature. Click “Browse Subjects” on the left side of the screen to bring up a list of subjects you can browse or search:

Screenshot of the "Browse Subjects" page in CARDinal.

Screenshot of the “Browse Subjects” page in CARDinal.

You can also use the subject field in Advanced Search:

Screenshot of the "Advanced Search" in CARDinal.

Screenshot of the “Advanced Search” in CARDinal.

Let’s take a look at an example. If you’re looking for collections about agriculture, you could search “Agriculture” in the subject field of Advanced Search. This will bring up about 150 results.

Screenshot of subject search results in CARDinal.

Screenshot of subject search results in CARDinal.

If you’d like to see more specific options, click “Browse Subjects” and search “Agriculture”. This will update the list to show all the subjects that include agriculture. Perhaps you’re particularly interested in Agriculture and politics. Click the check box next to any of the subjects, then click “Display Collections”.

Screenshot of subject search results in CARDinal.

Screenshot of subject search results in CARDinal.

This will limit the results to only collections with those specific subjects.

Attaching subjects was one of our major objectives for the NHPRC project, so we’re happy to share this development. Some of the larger collections are still a work in progress, but we invite you to try the new functions. Check out the subject searching tools in CARDinal and let us know what you think! If you have any questions or comments, please contact NHPRC Project Archivist Emily DuGranrut at emilyd1@iastate.edu.

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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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