Searching and Browsing the Handbook
There are several options to find your way around the Handbook of Texas Online. The Handbook home page is shown below.
Searching the Handbook of Texas Online:
To use the search engine, click on Search on the left-hand sidebar or on the Search tab in the Handbook sub-menu to the right of the About tab displayed above. The Search window is shown below. The drop-down choices are to search anywhere within Handbook articles or to search only article titles or bylines.
To find a particluar article, enter the name or words to search in the box and choose "in Title" from the drop-down menu.
To search for all articles by a specific author, enter the author name in the search box and choose "in Byline" from the drop-down menu.
Note that once the results of an initial search are returned, one can perform a second search within the returned results by entering additional search terms in the search box on the left and checking the box "Search within results."
By default, the search engine looks for all words included in the search box, whether the words are adjacent to each other or not. To find search terms as a group, choose "with the exact phrase" from the drop-down menu or place quotation marks around the phrase. These methods work when searching for dates such as July 4 or September 30 as well as for an exact phrase such as the "Battle of San Jacinto."
A sample title search for Lady Bird Johnson is shown below, along with the desired result.
A sample byline search for articles by author Neal Sapper is shown below, along with the search results.
Browsing the Handbook of Texas Online:
On the Handbook home page, click on any letter of the alphabet to browse through the list of titles.
On the left-hand side bar under Browse Articles, click on Title, What, When, Where or Who to access the Handbook browse lists.
Clicking on the word Title brings up the following browse page to find articles by Title (same as clicking on any letter of the alphabet on main page).
In the example below, the letter A is selected and the article titles that begin with the letter A are shown. The "Results listing" default is to display 100 titles per page. To display more items per page, choose 200 or 500.
Clicking on the word What brings up the following browse page where one can expand the list to view various sub-topics.
Clicking on the word When brings up the following browse page where one can expand the list to view various sub-topics.
Clicking on the word Where brings up the following browse page where one can browse through community and county articles by alphabetical letter.
Clicking on the word Who brings up the following browse page where one can browse through biographical entries. Note that the legislator browse lists are a work-in-progress.
Bread crumb trails at end of articles:
The beginning and end of the Lady Bird Johnson article are shown below:
The browse list categories for an article become part of the bread crumb trail under the biography section at the end of the article. In the example below, the Who, What and When categories can be expanded to show the browse lists in which Lady Bird Johnson appears.
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