6 Tips for getting the most out of ELAR’s new platform

1. First thing’s first: Register with us!

If you’re new to ELAR, registering (i.e. creating an account) will allow you to be able to access/download any materials with the O ‘open’ or U ‘user’ access settings. This accounts for the vast majority of the materials found in the archive (click HERE for more information about ELAR’s access protocol).

NOTE: If you had an account with us in the past, you’ll need to register again – new platform = new credentials!

Once you’ve registered and your new user account is created (you’ll receive an email), don’t forget to LOG IN each time you visit the archive.

2. Explore the interactive map and collections list

Use the INTERACTIVE MAP to search the globe for collections! This is the best way to explore the archive’s contents generally. You can scroll north and south, as well as zoom in to different areas of the map to see all the different collections in the archive. Click on a pin to learn more about that collection. You can also search by language name by clicking the search icon in the pop-up window.

ELAR’s Interactive Map

If you know exactly what collection you want to find, or you want to search by a depositor’s name, use the COLLECTIONS LIST. This is the fastest way to find a specific collection. Our list of collections can be filtered by country, continent, language, and depositor’s name.

ELAR’s List of Collections

3. Get to know ELAR’s structure

ELAR uses a super-simple three-tiered organizational structure for all archived materials. Our catalogue holds over 500 COLLECTIONS (and counting). Inside each collection are BUNDLES which consist of FILES that have been grouped together thematically. What kind of files you find inside a bundle varies depending on every collection.

4. Browser tabs and error messages

ELAR is hosted on a secure server. This is important for safeguarding all of the materials deposited in the archive but also means that when you close a window and then reopen it, your browser will not automatically remember you. This is why we recommend opening the log in page in a new tab.

Every now and then you might geht an error message when opening a page or a gateway timeout message. When that happens simply try reloading the page, that usually does the trick.

5. Use the “refine your selection” option

This is a powerful tool that can help you hone-in on specific materials that you might be interested in. There are two tricks, though, for getting the most out of it:

First, it’s helpful to know that the numbers next to each item in the list represent the number of bundles that contain those terms, not individual files.

Second, once you’ve ticked the box next to a term (or several) in the menu, you’ll notice that the results automatically update to reflect your selections, but the numbers and terms inside the menu don’t. Not to worry! Once you’re ready to update the menu items so you can refine your search further, simply hit the “refresh” button on your web browser. Now you should only see bundles and menu items related to the boxes you ticked. Went too far and want to go back? Just un-tick the boxes next to the terms you’re no longer interested in and refresh the browser again. Easy!

6. Consult our User Guide!

Got stuck? Lost? Something feels harder than it should be? Don’t worry – we’ve created a USER GUIDE to help you! This includes step-by-step instructions, with images, to help you find what you’re looking for and get the most out of the new ELAR platform.

We hope you enjoy the new archive!

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