ArcaSearch is the online platform that we use to host digitized copies of the Trinitonian (Trinity's student newspaper), the Mirage (Trinity's annual yearbook), and the annual Course of Study Bulletin. These publications can be searched by clicking this link. The tutorial below contains detailed instructions on using ArcaSearch when researching your topic.
Click the image above to access ArcaSearch. These directions were written using a Windows operating system on a desktop computer. We do not recommend using a tablet or mobile phone to access this database.
On the landing page, click the blue button to open a new search window:
You may need to disable your pop-up blocker, or click "Allow pop-ups from this site" when prompted. A new window will open with the search interface; for best results, maximize this window. A "help" window may open as well; this page may contain some helpful information, but can be closed.
On the left hand menu, users can limit their search to a specific publication, increase the number of search results, and change the sort order of search results. The top menu has a box to enter search terms, and drop down menu(s) to limit the date range for the search. Click the "search" button on the top menu or bottom of the left menu to conduct the search.
Hover over search results to see a preview; click on a result to enlarge. To return to your search results, click "Show Form" on the top left hand corner of the screen.
For most users, we recommend using the "Any Words" or "Phrase" search type, accessible in the left hand menu. "Any Words" will operate like a standard keyword search; "Phrase" will search for an exact phrase (such as a name), and should be used without quotation marks.
Another option for more advanced users is a Boolean search. Boolean searches are helpful when you are trying to limit your results to very specific things. Boolean searches use words like "and," "or," and "not" to make complex searches.
|Boolean Search Term Example||Explanation|
|apple and orange||both apple and orange must be present|
|apple or orange||either apple or orange must be present|
|apple w/5 orange||apple must occur within five words of orange|
|apple pre/5 orange||apple must occur five or fewer words before orange|
|apple not w/5 orange||apple must not occur within five words of orange|
|apple and not orange||only apple must be present|
To browse a specific issue:
ArcaSearch uses Adobe Reader to embed search results in the page. The button to download may appear differently, depending on which version you have installed. For most users, a download button will appear at the top of the page, allowing you to download the page as a PDF file.