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Friday, April 21, 2006

Discovering Collection's Timeline Feature

Did you know that 100 years ago, freeze drying was invented, C. W. Post perfected Post Toasties Corn Flakes, the term “Tinker to Evers to Chance” was coined and the U. S. population reached 85 million? Using the Timeline in the Discovering Collection makes finding information tidbits like those above easy.

You will find the Timeline link on the Tools menu (see the first picture) on the main search page of the Discovering Collection (you will need to enter you Connecticut public library barcode if you are outside the library). There are several ways to search the Timeline (see the second picture below):

Chronology Bar: You may scroll along the search bar and choose a specific time period by clicking on the time period box. This is a fun way to browse the Timeline. (Notice that some of the images change as you scroll over them.)

Enter a specific year or range of years: You may key in a date in which the event begins or ends in the boxes provided or key in a range of dates.

Search Timeline Event Text: You may enter a specific event into the text box and click on the "Search" button.

You may combine searches by entering a specific year and an event, for example, you may enter 1860 to 1865 and the terms civil war in the text box to get a timeline of major events that took place during the Civil War.

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