Here are a few tips on using the BASarchive. For technical assistance, please contact your library’s information technology department.
Each page in the BASarchive has the same menu bar at the top.
If you're ever lost, or just want to start over, you can return to the BASarchive home page by clicking on the book logo at upper left.
To read the current issue or any other select issue, or to browse through back issues chronologically, simply click on Browse by Issue.
Then use Quick Browse at the top left to go immediately to your selected issue of BAR or book.
Use the browse tree at the left to navigate among and within issues of BAR or books and book chapters.
At the top right of the contents area, you will find three buttons. Previous takes you to the previous article in the selected issue (or the previous chapter in the selected book). Next takes you to the next article or chapter. Table of Contents takes you to a detailed table of contents of the selected issue or book.
Clicking on Search will bring you to the main Search page, which includes a description of the many functions of the BASarchive's powerful search engine.
An Any Word search finds every occurrence of a word or phrase throughout all of the BASarchive.
If you enter two or more words, Any Word will find every occurrence of the first word in combination with the second word. If you type "or" between words, Any Word will find every occurrence of either word.
If you place quotation marks around a phrase, Any Word will find every occurrence of the exact phrase throughout all of the BASarchive.
Use the Title field to search for a word or phrase in the title of an article.
Use the Author field to search for articles by a particular author. To view a complete list of authors (or to be sure of the correct spelling), click on Author List on the left. Click on your desired author and then click on Submit Search at the top of the Author List box. After the Author List box closes, click on Search at the bottom of the search tools on the left.
Use the Subject field to search for articles according to their subject matter. To view a complete list of subjects (or to be sure of the correct spelling), click Subject List on the left. Click on your desired subject and then click on Submit Search at the top of the Subject List box. After the Subject List box closes, click on Search at the bottom of the search page.
Limit Search by Issue and Date
Use Limit Search by Issue to restrict the number of books or magazine issues through which the search will be performed.
Use Limit Search by Date to select a date range through which the search will be performed.
Do not put accents or diacriticals in search fields. For instance, if you would like to search for André Lemaire in the Author field, simply type Andre Lemaire.
When you enter a search term into the BASarchive search engine at left and click Search at the bottom, a results list will appear in the contents area on the right. Remember that the BASarchive search engine still appears at the left so that you can immediately search for something else without having to hit your browser's Back button.
When you click on the title of an article in the results list, the article that you selected will appear in the contents area on the right, replacing the results list.
At the top right of the contents area, you will find three buttons. Previous takes you to the previous article in the results list. Next takes you to the next article in the results list. Back to Results takes you back to the results list.
Articles in the BASarchive are fully illustrated and annotated. Plus, following each article is a list of topical articles in the BASarchive.
Clicking on any image will enlarge the picture and display the caption and credit.
Links to the Bible
Biblical citations in the BASarchive are linked to the Revised Standard Version, even if this is not the translation quoted by the author in the article itself. The numbering of verses and chapters in the Hebrew Bible and Christian Old Testament differ in places. If the author cites the Hebrew Bible, there is a chance our link will take you to the incorrect verse. Usually the proper verse will be located within a few lines.
Links to Bible Review and Archaeology Odyssey
The Biblical Archaeology Society also publishes the magazines Bible Review and Archaeology Odyssey, both of which will be added to the online archive in 2004. Only at that point will links to these magazines become active.
How to Document Materials from BASarchive.org in Research Papers
Just as the print versions of Biblical Archaeology Review and other BAS publications, articles and books from BASarchive.org may be cited in research papers according to the models below.
Article from Biblical Archaeology Review:
Barkay, Gabriel. "Mounds of Mystery: Where the Kings of Judah Were Lamented." Biblical Archaeology Review 29.3 (2003). BASarchive.org. August 21, 2003 <http://www.basarchive.org/bswbBrowse.asp?PubID=BSBA&Volume=29&Issue=3&Article
Chapter from Ancient Israel:
McCarter, Jr., P. Kyle. "The Patriarchal Age: Abraham, Issac and Jacob." Revised by Ronald S. Hendel. Ancient Israel: From Abraham to the Roman Destruction of the Temple. Edited by Hershel Shanks. BASarchive.org. August 21, 2003. <http://www.basarchive.org/bswbBrowse.asp?PubID=BSBKAI&Volume=0&Issue=0&ArticleID=1>.
The sixth edition of the MLA Handbook for Writers of Research Papers (2003) explains in detail how to document online sources. For a summary of the MLA guidelines, visit http://www.mla.org. See also MLA Style Electronic Formats (http://www.westwords.com/guffey/mla.html) by Dr. Mary Ellen Guffey.
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