June 1996


  1. Introduction
  2. Quick Tutorial
  3. Viewing
  4. Searching
  5. Printing or Saving


The Indian Question CD-ROM for MS Windows is a collection of texts, maps, and art reproductions describing the life and customs of Native Americans, published by Objective Computing, Indianapolis. Most of the materials on it come from 19th century publications, including books of legends, treaties, memoirs and biographies, and Information Respecting the History, Condition, and Prospects of the Indian Tribes of the United States (Archives of Aboriginal Knowledge - AOAK) by Henry R. Schoolcraft in 7 volumes. The texts are extensively indexed, cross-referenced, and fully searchable.

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Quick Tutorial.

Start the program. Click on the TEXT icon (the book image) to see the text index. Now find Archives of Aboriginal Knowledge (AOAK), and click on the letters V1, highlighted in blue, to go to the first volume of this collection.

When you are in the book, select PLATE LIST from the JUMP TO... menu. This will bring up the illustration index of the first volume of AOAK. Select Antique Pipes by clicking on 79 or 80 (these are page numbers in the original edition). Read the text around the illustrations. Now you have a chance to see immediately what other authors had to say about Indian pipe carving!

Click on the FULL TEXT SRCH button above the text window, type in pipe* near carv*, and click OK. This will find a number of texts mentioning pipe carving. Double click on several lines in the SEARCH RESULTS window, one after another, to see references to this aspect of native art.

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To learn more about the CD-ROM, select PREFACE from the JUMP TO... menu when you are in the main screen.

To view the materials, click on one of the five icons on the main screen (LANGUAGE, ART GALLERY, MYTHS, MAPS, TEXTS), then select the item you want from the index. Alternatively, you can select a text using the INDEX LIST button in the row of buttons on top of the screen; however, this index is less helpful since most of the references in it are abbreviated. Every book on the CD-ROM is divided into topics, which usually are chapters of the book. Every map and painting is a separate topic. You can only view one topic at a time in the display window.

To browse the texts, use the button menu: MAIN SCREEN to go back to the main screen, PREVIOUS TOPIC to go back to the place you have just left, HISTORY LIST to review the history of your exploration or to return to one of the places you have visited, left and right arrow buttons to go to the previous or next topic. Use the JUMP to go to the START OF THE BOOK, TABLE OF CONTENTS, PREFACE, PLATE LIST (a list of illustrations), or INDEX (a conceptual index for the book you are reading). Some of these options are not always available. If there is no preface in the material you are looking at, selecting PREFACE will bring up the CD-ROM introduction. To view cross-references and footnotes, click on the asterisks and numbers highlighted in green. N.B.: When the cursor turns into a hand with a pointing finger, you are on a hyperlink. Clicking there will bring up another text or image.

To define or delete bookmarks and go to the places you have marked, use the BOOKMARK menu.

To record notes about the material you are viewing, use the ANNOTATE option from the EDIT menu.

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To search the texts, click on the FULL TEXT SRCH button. In the SEARCH window, select ALL TOPIC GROUPS to search the whole collection, CURRENT TOPIC ONLY to search the book that you are currently reading, or SELECTED TOPIC GROUPS to search a range of books which you can choose from the TOPIC GROUPS list (in this list, AOAK stands for Archives of Aboriginal Knowledge). To search the titles only or to restrict your search to the previously found list of topics, click on the OPTIONS button and select the corresponding options. Next, type your word or phrase in the dialog box, and click OK. The SEARCH RESULTS window will appear. To view one of the results, click on it, and then click on the GO TO button. If there is more than one match in the given text, use the NEXT MATCH and PREVIOUS MATCH buttons to go between them. To do another search, click on the TO SEARCH button. All searches are case insensitive.

To search for words starting with certain letters, use the asterisk wildcard: face* will find all words beginning with face, e.g., faces, faced etc. To search for an exact phrase, type it in in double quotes: "red face" will find this exact phrase. N.B.: Do not use wildcards in this type of search! "Red face*" will not find anything, even though the phrase red faces occurs in the texts many times.

To search for word combinations, use and, or, not, and near. You cannot define the order of the words in these searches. Face and red and black will find places where all three of these words occur in any order. A search for face red black, with spaces instead of and's, will produce the same results. Face or red or black will find places where at least one of the words occurs. Face not red not black will find places with the word face and none of the other words. Face near red near black will find places where all three words occur near each other. By default, this means within 8 words from each other; you can change this using the OPTIONS... button in the SEARCH window. Wildcards are allowed in this type of search.

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Printing or Saving.

To print a topic, select PRINT TOPIC from the FILE menu. You can only print one topic at a time. The maps are large; print them piece by piece. To change the direction or quality of the image, select PRINT SETUP from the FILE menu and adjust the options.

To save a topic, use the COPY option from the EDIT menu (there is no direct saving option). It will present your topic in a small window. Select the part you want, and click on the COPY button. Then paste your text into a Windows editor to work with it further. Pictures and maps can only be saved using a Windows screen capture utility. Please ask a LETRS consultant for help with saving and printing.

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To exit the program, click on FILE in the menu bar and choose EXIT from the list of options.

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