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You can find materials in the digital library in several different ways. This page explains some of the basics. If you continue to have trouble using the library, contact

On this page:

Video Tutorial
We have created a short video tutorial showing how to browse and search the library. To make this video full screen, click the arrows icon left of "Vimeo" at the bottom of the video.
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Simply clicking Browse from the top navigation bar will bring up all the materials in the library, ordered alphabetically by title. Within any browse page or search results, you can sort the results by clicking on the column header. Clicking twice will reverse the order. Other browsing categories are provided on tabs across the top.

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You can browse by the following categories:

  • Collections explain how an item was obtained for the library. For example, materials in the Bonneville Power Administration Collection were acquired from BPA: from their websites, their library, or directly from the agency. Note that the Creator may not be the same as the Collection.
  • Documents in the digital library have been organized into six general Topics. Browsing by these topics will allow you to find materials in that category. In order to search by more specific subjects, use the Advanced Search.
  • The Creator is the author of the document.
  • The Date refers to the date when the document was created. There may also be other dates associated with an item, such as date of publication. To search these, use the Advanced Search option.

To combine these options, you will need to use the Advanced Search option.
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Keyword Search
The search bar is available at the top right of every page of the library. Type in the term you want to find—e.g. Libby Dam—and click “Search.” This will search the records for all of the materials in the library.

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Advanced Search
Advanced Search allows greater control in narrowing your search. A link to the Advanced Search is in the top navigation bar on each page in the library. On this page, you can refine your search in these ways:

  • Keyword search Like the search bar in the top right of each page, this searches all the records in the library.
  • Narrow by specific fields This allows you to search in particular fields. For example, you can include Libby Dam as a Subject rather than just as a keyword anywhere in the record. By selecting “contains” or “does not contain,” you can include or exclude fields in your search. You can also add or delete lines by clicking on the + and – buttons at right.
  • Search by Collection: To search only within a particular Collection, select it from the dropdown menu.
  • Search by Type To search only for a particular type of document, select it from the dropdown menu. Currently, the library consists largely of Documents (text documents) and Still Images (e.g. photos and maps).
  • Search by Topic To search only within a particular Topic, select it from the dropdown menu.
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You can also combine these options. For example, this page will bring up Still Images about Libby Dam within the Bonneville Power Administration collection, but not created by BPA.
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My Dashboard
My Dashboard lets you annotate, save, and share items from the CRT Digital Library.

Creating a login is necessary to use these special features. At the bottom left corner of any page in the library, you will see options to Login and Register. Clicking on Register will bring up a screen where you must enter a user name, your first and last names, and an email address. Click Register, and a confirmation email will be sent to your email account. Once you open the email, clicking on the link will allow you to create a password and proceed into the protected area of the site.

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My Dashboard is divided into three areas: Your Posters, Items with your notes and tags and Tags. You can reach the Dashboard from any item, by clicking My Dashboard at the very bottom of the page.

  • poster screenshot Posters are a way to save and share a group of documents. Once you create this list, you can share it with other people, who do not need a login to the CRTDL. To create a poster, sign into your account. From the dashboard, under Your Posters, click Create a new poster. Type in a title for your poster, as well as any description. Clicking Add an item will bring up a list of all the items you have tagged or made notes on. You can select any items from this list for your poster. Once you have added the items you want included, click Save Poster.
  • Items with your notes and tags are individual items within the library with your personal annotations. These annotations are not visible to other users, but will be visible whenever you are logged into the library. To write a note, scroll to the bottom of the item’s record. In the text box labeled My Notes, type your comments, and click Save notes. You can edit these notes at any point, but make sure to click Save notes after any changes.
    To add a tag to an item, scroll to the bottom of the item’s record, to the section My Tags. In the text field, enter any keywords, separating phrases with a comma. Click Add to save the tags. The tags will appear as hyperlinks: clicking on any tag will pull up any other items you have tagged with that keyword. To remove a tag, click the X to the right of the tag.
  • My Tags is a list of all the tags you have applied to items in the library.

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Guidelines for Citing Library Materials
As noted in the Conditions of Use materials in the library are provided for particular types of use. If you refer to materials in academic works, please make provide a full citation to the library. At the bottom of each item's catalogue record, there is a suggested citation, which you may adjust to fit any style guide.
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