African-American Newspapers: The 19th Century CD-ROM
I. BRIEF OVERVIEW OF STRUCTURE AND CONTENT:
The African-American Newspapers: The 19th Century CD-ROM is a searchable database created by Accessible Archives, Inc. It contains a comprehensive collection of nineteenth-century African-American newspapers. It also contains a helpful tutorial that will allow you to move efficiently through the data base.
Currently, the CD containing parts one and two together has been corrupted and the tutorial referred to below is inaccessible. However, it can be found on the CD containing part 1 by itself. Parts 3 through 5, meanwhile, are in an unknown file format which is unrecognizable to the viewing program contained in the earlier volumes. Please ask a staff member for assistance if you plan to use these resources.
II. STARTING UP THE AFRICAN-AMERICAN NEWSPAPERS:
To start up the program, place the CD-ROM in the computer's CD carrier by pressing the button below and to the right of it. Click and hold on Start, Programs, Accessible Archives and Infobase_FREEDOM as the menus open for you. If you have any difficulties, please ask a staff member for assistance.
USING THE AFRICAN-AMERICAN NEWSPAPERS:
You can navigate through the data base by double-clicking on the underlined hypertext links. You have the option of searching through all newspapers or searching individual ones.
To learn more about the tool bar that runs down the left-hand side of the screen, click on Help and Tutorial at the top of the screen. Note that this will only work with the CD containing the archive's first part (NOT the CD with parts one and two combined).
- Once you have selected Tutorial, double-click on Main Menu. You will come to Folio VIEWS 3.1 User's Guide.
- Scroll down the screen until you come to Main Menu (highlighted with a thick blue band). From here you can click on any one of a number of icons that will take you directly to various topics covered in the infobase. For more information on a topic, double-click on the magnifying glass icon next to each topic.
- If you scroll down a little farther below Main Menu, you will come to The Toolbelt (highlighted with a thick blue band). An explanation of the functions of five of the most important buttons is given.
- As you continue to scroll you will come to more information that will be helpful for doing more sophisticated searching in this data base.
IV. EXITING THE AFRICAN-AMERICAN NEWSPAPERS AND REMOVING THE CD-ROM:
Exit the program by clicking on File and then Exit in the Folio HELP dialog box (the smaller box). Then do the same in the Folio Bound VIEWS dialog box (the larger box) that you first entered when you opened the program. You should find yourself back at the Windows desktop. You can then eject the CD-ROM by pressing the button below and to the right of the CD carrier. Please place the CD-ROM back in its case and return it to an Etext Center assistant.