User Guide

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This site, as it is now configured, offers two ways for users to locate content of interest: 1) Browsing; 2) Keyword Searching. The first option, browsing, works better when you already know the date(s) for content you wish to locate (or, in the case of Biographies, the name of the person you are interested in), whereas keyword searching is best-suited to cases where you wish to search for references to a specific person, place, or concept/topic, and are not sure where these might be found.  This User Guide will offer a short introduction to both methods of locating information.

1) Browsing

Browsing offers a relatively easy and intuitive way to access large information sources, such as the Journals and their appendices. All that is required in a knowledge of the basic organizing principle of Assembly records, and an idea of the date and coverage of the content you wish to locate. In this example, we will look for the Annual Report of the Department of Health for the 1952-1953 reporting year.

1.1. First, we will locate the correct Assembly (each provincial election leads to the constitution of a new General Assembly); Assemblies are listed chronological order on the Journals page, and we see that the 47th General Assembly ran from October 1951 to March 1955.

1.2. Next, we need to find the correct Session of the Assembly. In the 47th General Assembly there were  six Sessions, with the Fifth Session held in the Spring of 1954; since annual reports for a given calendar (or fiscal) year were typically not printed and bound until the following year, the 1954 volume is the best place to locate a 1952-1953 report. 

1.3.  Selecting this Session opens the Table of Contents for the digital version of the bound Daily Journal and its appendices for that Session; we can see that one of the reports tabled in that Session (and, consequently, bound with that volume of the Journals) was, indeed, the Annual report of the Department of Health [and Welfare, as it then was] for ... the year ended March 31st, 1953.

1.4. Upon clicking the title, the full-text of the Report will open in the "Reading Edition" Internet Archive viewer; this Open Source solution was selected for its powerful, reliable, and intuitive reading interface, and a detailed exploration of its many features is not required here. The most important controls are the "Play" button, at upper right (circled in blue below), which "turns" pages automatically until paused, and the previous/next page arrows (circled in red below).

Users will note that they have the option viewing individual pages within a document, using the "Pages" tab (circled in red below): this displays the constituent page images sequentially, in grids of 20 page images each. Though not as user-friendly as the "Reading Edition", this option can be helpful when viewing documents with photos or large tables, since these do not always display well in the Internet Archive viewer.

Before turning to a discussion of Keyword Searching, we should also note the "breadcrumb trail". This grey text string appearing at the top of the screen means that the user can, at any time, move back "up" the hierarchy by clicking the appropriate text. If, in this example, we wished to see the table of contents listing other reports in the Journal appendices for the Fifth Session (1954), we simply have to click that point in the string.


2) Keyword Searching

Enter words describing concepts, names, etc. that you hope to locate in the Search box at left:

- Note that the Search is not case-sensitive, so it will make no difference to your results if you capitalize proper names.

- Using quotation marks for a phrase (e.g."fixed link") can be effective ...

... but may also block relevant results, since it focusses the search relatively narrowly, and does not account for slightly different forms of writing the same concept (fox AND industry, for example, will produce better results than "fox industry").

When you click on a file name in your result list, the full document (Daily Journal, appended Report, etc.) will open in the Internet Archive viewer. Orange marker pins will highlight occurences of your search terms in the document; you can double-click on a pin to be taken to the relevant page.

In some cases, if you have searched for terms using both search boxes, the orange marker pins may not appear; in these instances, you can re-type a significant word from your search in the "search inside" box at the top of the Internet Archive viewer, and the pins will high-light instances of this word.