final area of the search page is the Culture/OWC Search.
Unless you want to find all of the material on a given
culture, it is best used as an additional filter for OCM and word
searches. To use it,
you have to know the standard name for the culture you are
interested in. Thus,
you will not find Pikunii in the culture list, but you will find
Blackfoot, which is the standard ethnonym
for the same culture. The
list also contains each culture’s OWC
Code for reference when using the Browse Cultures mode.
Detailed Search - Click to see image
until now, we have been using each part of the search page
separately, but you can combine sections to create more specific
searches. One of the
most effective ways to do this is by using an OCM category for a
general idea, and then to narrow the idea with exact words or
phrases. Further, you
can get matches for only the culture you are interested in by
selecting it in the drop-down menu.
So, going back to our search examples, you now know what to
do with each piece of information:
For culture search, you select the appropriate
For the broad subject, you use an OCM code (773)
To narrow the broad subject, you use truncated words
(wolf*, wolves, canis*) and the Boolean operator “or”
Paragraph Results - Click to see image
the information above we will find information on wolves in
Blackfoot mythology. Realize
that using multiple sections will narrow your search, meaning you
will get fewer matches, but those matches will be more specific to
what you are searching for. When performing the search outlined above, your results
page will provide excerpts of paragraphs that contain the word or
words you searched for (fig 18).
Clicking on the word “match” will display the entire
the OCM will provide different information.
For example, if you change the OCM to 825 (ethnozoology),
you will get information on the Blackfoot’s notion of wolves,
rather than their mythological representations.
way to search for a specific idea is to combine OCM categories.
Thus, you can find information about the role of meals in
mythology by searching for OCM 773 (mythology) and OCM 260
(food consumption). Note
that the Boolean operator should be “and” in this case,
because you want to find paragraphs that contain information on
both topics, not one or the other. If you want to search for an entire OCM category, including
its subheadings, you can truncate the last digit of the category
number. Thus, OCM 26*
will search for food consumption, and all of its subcategories,
such as “eating” and “cannibalism.”
Return to the search page by clicking “Search” at the
top of the screen.
Fill in the search page as illustrated in Figure 17, and
then click “Search.”
Read through the results to get a sense of the kinds of
information your search retrieved.
Test out your new search abilities by creating your own
to search for graphics