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How is Harvard Square Library’s content organized?

WordPress, the system underlying HSL, organizes information according to categories, tags, and series. Categories describe the broad groups into which our content falls. Tags offer more specific ways of describing that content. All pages in HSL will be assigned to one or more categories and tags.  To give an example, an item of interest to women’s religious history may be categorized under “Women and Religion” and “Religion and Culture,” to show its fit with both topics. A biographical article about a Universalist minister will bear the tags “Universalists” and “Ministers,” among other possible descriptors.

Many pages are also part of a series, or a group of articles on a common theme. Some of our most frequently used series include UU Composers, Notable American Unitarians 1740-1900, Notable American Unitarians 1936-1961, and Notable American Universalists.

The main red sidebar lists our main content categories. Clicking on any of the categories will take you to a landing page which lists the series in each category.

Also, the bottom of each page lists the categories and tags with which the page is associated. If you are reading an article about early Universalist woman minister Olympia Brown, click on the link for the tag “Women Ministers” at the bottom of the page to find other content about women ministers on our site.

How do I search HSL’s content?

General Searching

HSL has a general search box in the upper right hand corner of every page, in the header. You may enter any search term you like in this box, and it will return everything with those terms. It does accept searches in quotation marks, such as “Henry David Thoreau”.

Please note that the search box does not accept Boolean searches (using terms like “and” or “or”, etc., to specify your search). It also does not respond to searches with wildcard characters such as asterisks (searching for “Thore*” to come up with “Thoreau” or “Thoreau’s”, etc.).

advanced-searchAdvanced Search

In addition to the general search, you may also tailor your search to specific categories, tags, or series, using the Advanced Search sidebar located on any category’s landing page. The advanced search is also available on the main page of a series (such as this page here).

If you want to bring up all individuals tagged as “Educators,” simply type an asterisk (*) into the search terms box, select “Educators” in the tags drop-down menu, and leave the other two as “All Items.” Hitting the search button, or the enter key, will retrieve all content tagged with “Educators” on our site.

For example, you might want to find all articles on Ralph Waldo Emerson that appear in the category “Biographies.” You would type in Emerson’s name and select the Biographies category under the drop-down menu. Or, you could type in Emerson’s name and select another category, or a specific tag.

How do I save a page for offline viewing or storage?

There are many ways to save a page for offline browsing. The easiest method is to save the page as a PDF. Most modern web browsers will let you do this by clicking “Print” and then saving as a PDF. Some browsers have built-in methods for saving a page to read offline. Other services will let you save and/or organize web content for offline viewing. Some more popular such services include Pocket (formerly Read It Later), Evernote, and Zotero.

If the page you wish to save is itself a PDF, you can save it to your computer by either right-clicking on the document, or, in some cases, clicking the “download” button underneath the document. If the PDF is on the Scribd service, they have their own downloading capabilities.