White Estate Digital Resource Center Help Tutorial

Overview

This website consists of three collections:

Appearance

The White Estate Digital Resource Center window is divided into three panes. The Search box, displayed at the upper left, contains the search text entry box and checkboxes for search criteria and the database collections. When a search is performed, the Results pane on the upper right displays the found documents in separate lists for each selected collection. The Details pane at the bottom of the screen shows individual documents.

Each of these panes and lists (except for the Search box) can be maximized or restored down by clicking / or / respectively.
A fresh screen can be obtained at any time by clicking the EGW logo above the Search box.

Searching

Those familiar with Internet search engines such as Google should be able to use the website easily. Selected functions are further explained below.

Search Qualifiers

In most cases you can simply enter the key word or words you are looking for, click to select the collection you wish to search, and click Search.
Use of special characters can help to improve the search quality.

Quotation Marks:

Enclosing phrases in quotation marks will return only entries containing the whole phrase. For example: “day of atonement”.

Boolean Searches: While searching E-Mails, the plus (+) and minus (-) may be used to further narrow the search.
+ means the word or phrase must occur for the paragraph to be displayed or “found”. (For example: +education)
- means the word or phrase must not occur in the “found” paragraphs. (For example: -education)
The two operators may be combined. For example: +education –higher returns every entry containing the word “education” but not the word “higher”.
When several words are used together, words without a qualifier are treated as optional.

Checkboxes

Find whole words only

Check this box if you want to find only the entries containing the actual words you type in the check box. For example, when this box is not checked, a search for “one” would also show results containing the word “atonement”.

Find specific file numbers

Each folder in a study or research center has been assigned a file number. Check this box to search only for these numbers. Note that only exact results are returned and that the results are also conditional on your selection of the Question & Answers and Document Files checkboxes.

Alternative file number search methods

To search for a file number without checking the Find file numbers only checkbox, enter # or fn: before the file number in the search box. The search will return all documents whose file numbers begin with the numbers you enter. (It is not necessary to enter the complete file number.)
You can also restrict your results by adding “QA” (for Questions & Answers) or “DF” (for Document Files) before the actual file number. However, you must still check the specific collection checkbox. For example:

#10/fn:10 Returns files ‘10-B-2’ and ‘DF 1015’ among many others
#qa10g4

Returns ‘Question & Answer’ number 10-G-4.

Note: File numbers are not case sensitive.

Find specific date

If you want to find files or e-mails from a specific date only, check this box. The basic format is month.day.year. Other searches are also possible. For example:

1970 Returns all entries from the year 1970
10.1970 Returns all entries from October 1970
10.1.1970 Returns all entries from October 1, 1970

Note that months and days do not require a leading zero; the year always requires four digits. The dividing character can be any commonly used symbol such as dot, dash, space, or slash.
Remember to select the desired collection checkbox.

Alternative date search methods

Instead of checking the Find specific date box, entries can be found by adding date: or @ before the search string. For example:

date:7-1999 Returns all entries from July 1999
@1.7.2001 Returns all entries from January 7, 2001

Searching a range of dates

You can also search for documents with dates that fall between two dates by using a hyphen to separate the two dates. They can be in month.day.year or month.year or simply year-year format.
For example, to find all emails between May 1, 2000 and August 15, 2001, click the E-Mails checkbox, then enter the following in the search box:

date:5.1.2000-8.15.2001 Returns all entries May 1, 2000 and August 15, 2001
@5.1.2000-8.15.2001 Returns all entries May 1, 2000 and August 15, 2001

Collection Checkboxes

The three collections—Questions & Answers, Document Files, and E-Mails—are represented by checkboxes. Clicking on the collection title reveals the sub-collections that can be checked or unchecked as desired. These are useful in narrowing your search to find the exact document or topic you wish.
You must select at least one collection before performing a search.

Search Results

After typing the search word or phrase and selecting the checkboxes, press Enter or click Search!

The folders and documents matching your search criteria are displayed in Results pane on the right. The number of documents found is shown in parentheses for total results and for each list.

Questions & Answers / Document Files

This scrolling list shows folders (containing one or more documents) along with the Type (either Q&A or DocFile) and File number. To see the files within a folder, click on the folder name. The individual document names are displayed in the Details pane at the bottom of the screen.

On the right of the Details pane are the detail search box and buttons for URL links and document list navigation. Your original search word or phrase is copied to the detail search box. Click to small search icon () to find this string in the document titles or type in another word or phrase.

Click the Link button () to see the direct address for the selected folder. With the Link box open, press CTL-C to copy this link. Then open a new tab or browser window, and paste the URL into the address (CTL-V). To download and view the contents of an individual document, click its name in the Details list.

Note that it may take a little time for large files to download—especially with a slow Internet connection. Users should wait for the entire PDF file to download before attempting to read it.

Also note that while in most browsers clicking the document name opens a new tab, some open a new window. To return to the Digital Resource Center, close or minimize the PDF window.

The Previous/Next Entry buttons (/) navigate through the Questions & Answers / Document Files folder list.

E-Mail

The e-mails in this database represent the correspondence to the Ellen G. White Estate from 1995 through to 2008. The e-mail list shows the title and date of emails. To see content, click on a title; questions are noted by a red , answers by a green . Scroll through the document to read the entire exchange. To search the e-mail document text for specific words or phrases, use the detail search entry box at the right. Your original search string is copied here; you may click the search icon or type in another word or phrase.

The Link button () shows URLs for the direct website address and the PDF file. Click one of the URLs, press CTL-C to copy one of the URLs. Then open a new tab or browser window, and paste the URL into the address box (CTL-V). You may also click Download PDF ().

Note that it may take a little time for large files to download—especially with a slow Internet connection. Users should wait for the entire PDF file to download before attempting to read it.

Also note that while in most browsers clicking the document name opens a new tab, some open a new window. To return to the Digital Resource Center, close or minimize the PDF window.

The Previous/Next Entry buttons (/) provide for navigation through the list of e-mails.

Only words containing more than three characters are queried.

Shortcuts

Here are a few keyboard shortcuts that make life easier.

<Enter> Performs a search
<Esc> Places the cursor in the search field
Right and Left Arrows Previous entry / next entry
Up and Down Arrows Scroll through document