Getting the most out of the Lycoming County Women’s History Collection
Women’s history source material is in two different databases that are searched separately—the AccessPA Digital Repository and Internet Archive. The Digital Repository contains photographs, pamphlets, correspondence, diaries, and other manuscript material. Internet Archive is the host for the book-length material.
Getting Started with AccessPA. Clicking on AccessPA Digital Repository takes you to a general search page that allows users to search in a variety of ways, including by keyword and by general topic. Users may also search across all the Lycoming County collections--Lycoming College, the James V. Brown Library, and the Pennsylvania College of Technology Library, in addition to the Women’s History Collection.
Each document in the collection has been assigned one or more general topics---Arts, Education, Private Lives, Social Reform, and/or Work. Documents may be searched by topic from the drop down menu.
From this general search page, users may also take advantage of the Advanced Search option that allows searching across any or all Pennsylvania collections. Users may also Browse the collection.
First-time users might choose to Browse the collection to see samples of the types of materials included. Click on the title or thumbnail to see the entire content of the document. If there is a Search box on the left, you can search within the full text of the document.
Use the Search box on the upper right to search all Pennsylvania depositories.
A detailed Help screen is available from the menu.
Getting started with Internet Archive. When you click on Internet Archive, you are taken directly to the Women’s History Collection. There are several options for exploring the collection, such as browse the collection by author, title, and subject or keyword.
Once you have selected a book to view, most users find that choosing Read Online is the best option. From there you can flip through the pages of the book and also Search inside the book for specific names, places, etc.
Using Google to search the collection. In addition to search the women’s history collection from the project webpage, each document is searchable from Google and other Internet search engines. Material from the collection will appear along with other results for a search. For example, a Google search for “Helena Mussina,” an 1862 Dickinson Seminary graduate results in multiple results.