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How to search the web kiosk


EmbARK Web Kiosk is designed to let you find information in several different ways. Each feature of the Web Kiosk can be accessed through the menu bar on the left side of the screen.



Welcome Page

The Welcome button on the left menu bar will return you to the introductory page of the Kiosk.


Browse the Collection

The "Browse the Collection" section provides access to records that have been organized into groups called Portfolios. Currently there are four portfolios listed under Browse the Collection feature including Browse by Medium, Browse by Decade, Browse by Theme and Browse by Past Exhibition. A portfolio may be directly opened by clicking on the text to the right of the image.


Browse by Artist

The "Browse by Artist" section provides access to artist records that have been organized into alphabetical order from A to Z. To the right of each name in parentheses is the birth and death place and date of the artist if available. Scroll down the list to Browse through artists in the collection, or if you know the name of the artist you are searching for select the first letter of the artists last name from the Alphabet listed along the top of the page.


Browse all Portfolios

The "Browse all Portfolios" section provides access to all available museum portfolios with web accessibility organized into alphabetical order from A to Z. Portfolios do not represent every artwork in the collection, but are instead a tool for categorizing artworks in the collection. For a more comprehensive look at a certain search category use the "Quick Search" or "Custom Search" features located in the left menu bar.


Search

Searching allows you to access records in the database on your own instead of through predetermined portfolios. Web Kiosk offers five different search options.

1. Quick Search

Quick Search Box The Quick Search box is displayed at the top right of the screen as well as the bottom of the left menu bar. Simply enter a search category such as artist name, title, medium, keyword, or similar into the text box and click the enter button to begin the search. If a match is found, the results will be displayed as a list of thumbnails with short captions; if no results are found, a message is displayed to "Try again."
TIP: Enter the beginning of a search word to retrieve more results, e.g. "Lib" instead of "Library".

2. Custom Search

The Custom Search for this site can be found at the menu on the left of the screen. Simply enter a search category such as an artist name, title, medium or donor into the search category you are interested in and click the Find button. To use one of the provided pull-down menu's, click on the arrow in the righ hand side of the box and scroll down to the category of your choice. Use the 'radio buttons' at the bottom to specify whether you are looking for objects with images or how you would like your search to sort. If a match is found, the results will be displayed as a list of thumbnails with short captions; if no results are found, a message is displayed to "Try again."
TIP: Enter the beginning of a search word to retrieve more results, e.g. "Lib" instead of "Library".


Multiple Record Display


The multiple record view is used to display the contents of a Portfolio, the results of a Search, or the objects linked to an Artist.

The default display view is image & label. This view will display the first four records of the portfolio.

To see more records on screen at once, choose the option thumbnails view. This layout will display more thumbnail images and typically has an abbreviated text display.

To view the most records at once, choose text list. The Text Only view will display up to 25 records at once. Each of the underlined column headers may be clicked to sort the selection of records by that criteria (e.g., by Artist name, Date, or Medium). If text in the list of records is underlined (or in a different color), it can be clicked to link directly to more information on that item or to a biographical record of its maker.

For any of the three display views above, you may:
  • Click the NEXT or PREVIOUS buttons to scroll through additional records in the selection.
  • Select from the drop-down list at the top of the screen to jump to a specific position in the record set.
If multiple records were accessed through a portfolio, the portfolio name and the number of records it includes are displayed at the top of the screen. Additionally, you may see a graphic. Clicking this button will display a page of descriptive text associated with the portfolio. Click the back button on your web browser to return to the multiple record display.

Single Record Display

Description

The Description page displays the most complete information about the object.
  • Click the Next and Previous buttons to navigate through the selection of records or select from the drop-down list.
  • Click the image to view a full image.
  • If detail images of the object are available a link will appear below the image. Click the Show Detail Images link to see additional images.
  • Click the artist name link to view additional biographical info about the maker.
Full Image Page

Any on-screen thumbnail image may be clicked to view a larger image of the object.
  • Click the Next and Previous buttons to navigate through the selection of records or select from the drop-down list.
  • Click the Title link at the top of the page to return to the Description screen.
To display two full images on-screen at once for comparison, simply open a second copy of your web browser.

Detail Images Page

If there are detail images associated with the object, the option will be enabled, allowing you to view additional images linked to the record.
  • If more than 8 detail images are available, you may click the Next and Previous buttons to navigate through the selection of records (depends on system settings).
  • Click the Title link at the top of the page to return to the Description screen.
  • Click the thumbnail image to view the detail in a full image view.
Additional Images Page

If there are additional images associated with the object, the option will be enabled, allowing you to view additional images linked to the record.
  • If more than 8 additional images are available, you may click the Next and Previous buttons to navigate through the selection of records (depends on system settings).
  • Click the Title link at the top of the page to return to the Description screen.
  • Click the thumbnail image to view the additional images in a full image view.
Artist Info Page

The Artist Info page displays the most complete biographical information about the artist. This page may be accessed by clicking any active Artist link on any page in the kiosk.
  • If more than one artist page is available, you may click the Next and Previous buttons to navigate through the selection of records.
  • Click the View Objects by this Artist link to automatically load all of the objects to which this artist contributed.