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The Alexandria Digital Library lets you access more than 15,000 holdings, such as maps, images, and datasets, that are available online for public download over the Internet. The items currently cataloged in ADL are a portion of the holdings of UCSB's Map and Imagery Laboratory.

ADL Library Webclient - Map Browser

The Map Browser provides a world map that you can use to focus a search on a particular location. The visible portion of the map is the search area.

You can set the search area by panning and zooming the Map Browser or by typing in the latitude and longitude coordinates directly into the Geographic Region portion of the Catalog Search window.

Searching Georeferenced Information

The Catalog Search window lets you select a collection, geographic region by coordinates, time period, object type, object format, keywords, originator, ranking method, and search result size before you submit a query. If you do not select from the pulldown menus, the choice that appears in each box will be selected.

IMPORTANT: You must change at least one of the search fields, such as Geographic Region or Time Period, before submitting the search.

To submit a search:

  1. Select the Collection you wish to search.

    Choose a collection from those available. For a description of the collections, click here.

    Collections
  2. Select the Geographic Location.

    You set the Geographic Location of the search either by using the Map Browser or by typing in the latitude and longitude coordinates directly into the Geographic Region portion of the Catalog Search window.
  3. Select the Time Period.

    Time Period
  4. Select the Object Type.

    For more information on Object types, see the ADL Object Type Thesaurus.

    Object Type
  5. Select the Object Format.

    For the ADL Catalog, the Object Format categories are based on MIME types with additional terms for offline holdings.

    Object Format
  6. Select Keywords to Search.

    Words entered in this text box are matched against selected text in the metadata for the collection.
  7. Select an Originator.

    The Originator is the publisher of library object.
  8. Select Ranking Method, which sorts by date.

    Ranking Method
  9. Specify Maximum results and Results Per Page.

    Results
  10. Click the Start search button to begin the search.

    Start Search
   
 
Questions? Contact Catherine Masi, IT Coordinator, Alexandria Digital Library, Map and Imagery Lab, Davidson Library, UCSB
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