Abraham Lincoln Historical Digitization Project
Sponsored by the Illinois State Library
|Database Home||Bibliography||Sample Searches||Database-Specific Searching Tips||User Manual|
|Lincoln / Net||The ARTFL Project||EFTS||Conditions of Use||Comments|
Author and Title: When entering authors or titles, punctuation and spacing must match exactly that in the on-line bibliography.
Date: The works in the database currently range in date of publication from 1803 to 1981.
Theme: To limit one's search to a particular theme, simply enter the theme into the Theme Field. One may search more than one theme at a time; the vertical bar ( | ) serves as the OR operator (e.g., entering Law and Society|Economic Development searches both).
Several data errors have been detected in some databases either from typesetting errors in the original source or from converting the documents. One should avoid making arguments from silence. In particular, look out for confusion from similarity of letters (e.g., vvest for west) and word-clustering.
Punctuation and Full-Text Searching:
Hyphens: Hypens act as word separators. Thus, one should treat hypenated expressions as separate words excluding the hyphen (e.g. if searching for ever-changing, type in ever changing.)
Apostrophes: One must include apostrophes when searching words with apostrophes in them (e.g., only by typing god's will one find "God's"). In this database apostrophes do not act as word separators. Therefore contractions and elisions must be entered without spaces before or after the apostrophe.
Ampersands: The ampersand (&) is not a searchable character. Avoid Phrase Searches where an ampersand may be used as a conjunction.
Formatting and Display:
Notes: There are notes throughout the database. In PhiloLogic notes never interfere when searching the text to which they refer. Note references are linked to notes and text from notes are linked to page references, but not from a first-level results screen.
Images: There are several images throughout the database. Inline images and links to non-inline images display once the user pulls up any level of context (e.g., page, paragraph, h3, h2, and h1), but not from a first-level results screen.
Sound: Buttons for the RealAudio sound files are located at the beginning of documents. Click on the title and the first section after "header." The RealPlayer is required to listen to sound files. Download Now
Please check the Abraham Lincoln Historical Digitization Project Text Database errata page for the most current information
on problems regarding the database or its PhiloLogic implementation.
For questions or comments concerning the Project please contact:
Drew E. VandeCreek, Director, Abraham Lincoln Historical Digitization Project
Founders Memorial Library, Northern Illinois University