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1.   How do I search a guide(s) by subject?
2.   Where can I find the subjects for a specific guide?
3.   Why can't I search or view one of the guides on the site?
4.   How do I download a guide?
5.   The download page only shows a PDF or a RTF. Why aren't both formats available?
6.   Can I link directly to your site?
7.   Do I need written permission to use the guide URL?
8.   Can you let me know when you've added new guides for searching?
9.   Which guides are being planned for the future? What is the production schedule?
10.  How do I select one or more guides during a search?


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How do I search a guide(s) by subject?

From the main page, select "Search Guides." On the search screen, select the guide or guides that you wish to do a subject search on. On this screen, there is a search box labeled "Collection or Item Subject: ." A collection level subject is a broad, generalized subject for an entire guide. An item level subject is available in some guides (for example Twentieth Century Legal Treatises), but not all guides. An item level subject is a record specific subject or fiche/reel specific subject sometimes called a guide breakout. Item level subject searching is a good way to select a smaller grouping or subset of a much larger guide.

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Where can I find the subjects for a specific guide?

To find a collection level subject, click on the link at the top of any page called "Browse by Subject." This screen lists all the generalized guide subjects.

To find a listing for item level subjects within a guide, the user needs to read the collection information for the guide. Sometimes this is also referred to as the front matter or introduction for a guide. To do this, either click on the "Browse by Subject" or "Browse by Collection" links at the top of any page. On this next page, if you see a link to "Collection Information" following the guide name, then the guide is searchable and may have item level subjects. Not all guides have item level subjects.


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Why can't I search or view one of the guides on the site?

There are generally two reasons why a guide may only be available in a download-only format.

Either the guide is currently being processed and is not yet ready for complete full-text searching, or the original owners of the material within the guide have only given download rights for that particular guide.


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How do I download a guide?

First, the user needs to get to the download page for a specific guide. To get to this page, click on any "download" link found in many locations throughout the site. This will bring the user to the download page. This page usually lists a mininum of two files: "Complete.PDF" and "Complete.RTF." There may be more files available to the user depending on the layout of the guide or additional files available for that guide. From Internet Explorer, for which the site was originally designed, the user can right click on any link on the page. Next, click "Save Target As" in order to begin downloading this file.

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The download page only shows one PDF or one RTF. Why aren't both formats available?

We try to deliver both PDF and RTF to our users for download purposes. Some guides require extra work in order to create both formats in a clean, clear, and usable manner. When the guide becomes available in the new format, it will be listed on the site and will be availble for download.

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Can I link directly to your site?

Certainly. We allow users to link their files and sites to our data. If you need a list of our static links to the data, click on "Links" from the main opening page. This will display "View Guide" links to the first pages our all our searchable guides and "Download Page" links to the download page for each guide. Guides that are download-only do not have links to browse the data and are listed as "This guide can not be viewed online." However, all guides on this site can be downloaded freely and without cost. Please do not resell these guides.

To link directly to the main opening page of this site please use http://microformguides.gale.com

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Do I need written permission to use the guide URL?

Written permission is not neccessary.
Gale grants the user the right to use the guide URLs found within this site.

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Can you let me know when you've added new guides for searching?

We are not currently maintaining a list of customers to use for automatic mailings. We are, however, considering this for a future enhancement. To see which guides have been added click here to exit FAQ and see the dates on which the guides went online.

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Which guides are being planned for the future? What is the production schedule?

Unfortunately, many factors are constantly changing the schedule and priority of guides being produced, so there is no current way to forecast guide development and delivery.

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How do I select one or more guides during a search?

On the search page, there is a box which contains all the guides available for searching. The default is set to ALL guides. However, this may produce too many results or results that are not precise enough for the user. To select a guide for searching, simply left-click on it. To select multiple guides, either hold the left click button and drag down over a group of guides, or hold down the CTRL button on the keyboard and left-click on individual guides within this box.

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