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Footnote Search

We recently switched to our new search experience

The new search is useful because it provides an effortless way to narrow your results.

It does this by using an approach commonly referred to as “guided” or “faceted” navigation specifically tailored to your search results.

What does that mean for you? It means that clicking on any facet, like a Title or Collection, will always give you results. Many might think this is an easy feature to implement, but it is not. It requires a lot of smart software, better metadata and lots of computing power.  But instead of reading more about it, why not check out this 4-minute introduction:

5 Comments

  1. GREAT way to let people know about your new search capabilities. Someone’s got their thinking cap on at Footnote for creating the interface, and someone else is wearing one when he/she decided to create the audio-visual aid explaining the process.

  2. Is there no way to see the ENTIRE document, page or sheet through Footnote?
    It appears to me that one must ask for further help to see that. Ex: I see my man is in 1849 Chicago city directory, but don’t know the page, his address, who lived with him, etc, as I would have if I looked at the directory itself.
    Also, I don’t know what is expected for my free 3-day trial. Is it just seeing a name, as in an index? Or can I access the actual document without having to upgrade?
    The sound is a bit low on the instruction “walk through” but I think it can be helpful if one can hear it all.

  3. You should have full access to the documents on Footnote with your free trial. You can get to the original image by clicking on the thumbnail image on the results list. We’ll try to contact you by email to see if we can help.

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