Search Engine Documentation
Tips for selecting the proper searching option
- If you are trying to find interviews about people, places, or things, select the Subject option.
- If you are trying to find a person who gave one or more interviews, select the Informant option.
- If you are trying to find a person who was an interviewer, select the Interviewer option.
- If you are trying to find interviews done by an ethnic group or tribe, select the Ethnicity/Tribe option.
- If you know the Collection and Tape Number of the interview you wish to find, select the Collection and Tape Number option.
Tips for entering appropriate criteria
- Make sure you enter criteria in the text box; the search engine will not accept searches on empty strings.
- When searching by Collection and Tape Number, make sure to separate the Collection and the Tape Number by a space.
- When searching by Subject or Ethnicity, do not enclose phrases in quotes. The Search Engine assumes you are looking for a phrase when you enter search criteria.
- When searching by Informant or Interviewer, enter the name as last name, first name for a search by first and last name. If you want to search by only last name, simply enter the last name as your criteria.
- If you need to search for informants/interviewers by first name only, you can use our person search form. The main search form can only search by either last name or by first and last name.
The South Dakota Oral History Center wants your feedback on our search engine. If you have any questions, comments, or suggestions about it, simply fill out our feedback form.
Return to the South Dakota Oral History Center
Return to the Institute of American Indian Studies
Return to the University of South Dakota homepage