Read this page for tips, tricks and general information about using the Collex interface in NINES.
Because NINES searches are powered by a faceted browser, short, one-word queries can be more helpful than phrases. Adding new terms, or constraints, allows you to narrow in on the materials most relevant to your research. Initial constraints include title words, author, editor and publisher names, as well as four-digit years. Once you've begun your search, be sure to check the right-hand column for other ways to browse NINES materials:
- Peer-Reviewed Scholarly Projects: These peer-reviewed resources represent the best of digital scholarship on the web.
- Other Digital Collections: Large archives of primary source materials, some of which require subscription for full access.
- Library Catalogs: Citations from select libraries with robust collections in nineteenth-century studies. Our goal is to add full-text searching to these items as libraries continue to digitize their collections.
- Journals: Select periodicals (both Free Culture and Subscription-based) that have been aggregated in NINES
- NINES Exhibits: Articles, bibliographies and other peer-reviewed resources that have been added using the NINES authoring tool (Exhibit Builder). See your My 9s page to build an exhibit of your own, and share it with a group or the world wide web. You can also join a Publication Group to submit it for peer review.
- Genre: To enable better browsing, NINES contributors are required to assign at least one genre to their digital objects from an approved list.
- Free Culture: NINES is committed to encouraging and sustaining open-source, open access projects. Add this constraint to peruse freely available content.
- Full Text: NINES has been given full access to these resources for the purpose of indexing and providing helpful search results. Please note that access to some of these archives requires institutional subscription.
Basic free-form searches provide a search-suggest drop-down menu as you type, showing you possible returns in the index, as well as the number of digital objects in which they are referenced. This allows you to discover alternate spellings or similar terms. If you would like to select one, simply move you cursor down the list, click on it, and it will appear in the search blank.
You can also search for a phrase by enclosing it in quotation marks (e.g. "water, water everywhere").
For best results when searching for proper names, start your search by typing the subject's last name (e.g.: "Darwin").
Although the NINES search interface is available to all users, setting up a free account grants you access to a number of useful options and tools. Saved searches allow you to keep track of your most frequent or relevant searches with one click, or share them with your peers. And, because we save the constraints you used (not the content of the search itself), your saved searches will be updated with new material every time a new resource is added to NINES. Your saved searches can be found in your personalized My 9s page.
Sample saved search: "Victorian Art".
When you are signed in to your account, you will have the option to collect items of interest to you. Once collected, you can tag these items, discuss them with others in the forum, and exhibit them in an essay or annotated bibliography of your own.
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