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).


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).


NHPRC Update: CARDinal Soft Launch!

After more than a year of hard work, problem solving, and countless meetings and emails, our new archives management system is officially available to the public! Click here to visit the new public archives catalog, CARDinal.

Screenshot of landing page for SCUA's new public catalog.

The home page for SCUA’s new public catalog.

We’ve also been creating a user guide to help users understand the new system. It includes information about searching, as well as some tips and tricks for navigating the catalog.

As we’ve mentioned in previous updates, SKCA will make it much easier for users to access our collections in the public catalog, and for staff to manage the content. Though most of the finding aids have been entered, we’re still adding content and working out some kinks. Please visit our new site and see what you think! If you have any comments or questions, please email 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).