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Digital Case Help


There are four ways to browse the collections:

  • Browse Collections
  • Browse Exhibits
  • Browse Case Scholarship
  • Browse Subjects

Each Browse View provides an alphabetical list of collections, exhibits, scholarship, and/or subjects. Use the alphabet-bar at the top of the page to jump to a specific letter and view the collections/exhibits/scholarship/subjects with titles beginning with that letter.

Search Syntax

Plural and Singular forms of a word are two different words. War and wars are different words as far as index concerned

Search is not case sensitive.

Search terms are OR'ed together meaning that unless you explicitly specify it will look for documents that have at least one of search terms. Documents that have more than one search term will get higher score so documents that better match your search will be higher in the list.

This is list of special characters: "+ - && || ! ( ) { } [ ] ^ " ~ * ? : \" use escape character "\" in front of them in order to include them in you search term

See Apache Lucene for more extensive query syntax.

Advanced search provides ability to generate queries that utilize advanced options of Search Engine that is build into DigitalCase.

If you search on one of the fields that is listed in the gray box you will be searching within this DublinCore filed of all documents in DigitalCase. You still have ability to add more general keyword terms so search is even more refined.

Searching based on a specific keyword is different from searching based on simple keyword search. If you search based on keyword then ALL dublin core and some other fields will be searched for value that You entered. ANY hit will be returned back to you.

For Example: If you search on James then all document about James, written by James, mentioning James, created by James etc. will be returned. If you search for Creator:"James" only documents that are created by James will be returned.

Once You find what you where looking for feel free to review generated query and use similar syntax next time while You are using Search feature of DigitalCase.

Advanced Search: Using Selected Search Fields

Digital Case uses Dublin Core Metadata to describe its objects. The Digital Case librarians work with our depositors to ensure this information is accurate and relevant. Meaningful metadata is one of the hallmarks of Digital Case and it allows us to enrich our user experience through enhanced search and browse capabilities. Follow this link - - for more information about the Dublin Core Metadata Initiative.

The "Using Selected Fields" option under Advanced Search is a drop-down box of Dublin Core (DC) fields, a simple metadata schema for documenting digital objects. To limit a search by one or more DC fields, hold down the CTRL key while clicking the desired field(s). These fields and a brief description of each are as follows:

Contributor: An entity responsible for making contributions to the content of the resource. Examples include a person or an organization.

Coverage: The extent or scope of the content of the resource; may include spatial information (e.g., a place name or geographic coordinates) or temporal information (e.g, a time period such as Bronze Age).

Creator: An entity primarily responsible for making the content of the resource. Examples include a person or an organization.

Date: A date associated with an event in the life cycle of the resource, particularly the date of the resource's creation or availability (e.g., publication or copyright date).

Description: An account of the content of the resource, such as an abstract or a table of contents.

Format: The physical or digital manifestion of the resource, such as the media-type or dimensions of the resource, including size or duration.

Identifier: An alpha-numeric code which uniquely references the resource.

Language: The language of the intellectual content of the resource.

Publisher: An entity responsible for making the resource available. Examples include a person or an organization.

Relation: A reference to a related resource, particularly the collection of which the resource is a part.

Rights: Information about the rights held in and over the resource. Typically contains a rights management statement encompassing Intellectual Property Rights and Copyright.

Source: A reference to a resource from which the present resource is derived.

Subject: A topic of the content of the resource, expressed as a key word or phrase that describes a topic of the resource.

Title: A name given to the resource, particularly a name by which the resource is formally known.

Type: The nature or genre of the content of the resource; typical values include "text" or "image."

Advanced Search: Limit by Format

The Limit by Format feature supports searching by one or more specific formats; the default is to search by All formats. In the first release of Digital Case, only Image and Text formats are available. In future releases, however, Audio and Video formats will also be available.

Citing Content from Digital Case

To ensure the content of Digital Case is always accessible, each digital resource is assigned a unique persistent identifier, known as a permanent URL (or PURL) using the Handle System  developed and maintained by the Corporation for National Research Initiatives (CNRI).  Permanent URLs give depositors confidence that people will always be able to locate their content in the future. Thus, is imperative that you always publish the Permanent URL that Digital Case assigns to your content. For example, the Permanent URL for Digital Case is . Even though this Permanent URL resolves to , you should always publish the Permanent URL. One hundred years from now the final destination for Digital Case may change (e.g.,, etc.), and in that event we will change the location the Permanent URL resolves to. Thus, we take the responsibility away from the depositor to verify that the URLs he or she publishes are still valid.

When citing content from Digital Case, always include the PURL of the resource; for example:

Ferench, Anthony T. "Barn and Trees." Lithograph. WPA Federal Art Project in Ohio. WPA Prints in Special Collections. Kelvin Smith Library, Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, Ohio.

Download Help

Often, files made available through Digital Case are fairly large. This can cause a problem when your browser attempts to use browser plug-ins to open files. It's recommended for PDF's to righ-click and download the file to your computer, then use Adobe Acrobat Reader to view the file. For any other issues, please contact for further assistance.

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