eMuseum is designed to let you find information in several different ways. Each feature can be accessed through the menu bar on the top or left side of the screen.


The Introduction button on the top menu bar will return you to the introductory page.

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The "Browse" section provides access to records that have been organized into types of works of art called portfolios. A portfolio may be directly opened by clicking on a thumbnail or the portfolio name.

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List of Artists

The list of artists displays a list of artists associated with works of art in the Collection along with biographical information about the artist. This information may be accessed either through "List of Artists" or Advanced Search.

Under "List of Artists," artists' names are listed alphabetically by their last name. For your convenience, you can simply click on the alphabet navigation and browse for the artist name. The results for any letter will always be contained within a single page.

Under Advanced Search, choose Artist, then choose contains, and then type in the artist's name.

  • If more than one artist page is available, (i.e. multiple artists with the same last name) click on the artist that you are looking for.
  • Within the artist's information page, click on Related Objects, to automatically load all of the objects to which this artist contributed.

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Searching allows you to access records in the database on your own instead of through predetermined portfolios. There are two different search options.

  1. Simple Search

    The Simple Search box is displayed at the top right of the menu bar. Simply enter a keyword or phrase in the box, then click the arrow button or hit return. If a match is found, the results will be broken down into two categories: Objects or People. Selecting Objects would give you artwork related to your keyword search, while selecting People would return the related artists information.

    If you have an accession number, you may search for it here.

    If no results are found, a message is displayed to "Nothing found."

    TIP: If you are unsure of spelling or you want to retrieve more results, enter the beginning of a search word. For example, typing "Ver*" instead of "Vermeer"will bring up Vermeer, Verrocchio, Veronese, etc.

  2. Advanced Search

    Use Advanced Search to refine results through various search terms.

    The first drop-down menu on the page contains a list of searchable fields. Choose a field by which you want to search. For example, if you want to search by an artist's name, select Artists from the dropdown menu.

    Next, select the condition that best fits your search criteria. Conditions are dependent on your selection of a search term. If there are no conditions available, just leave the drop-down at the default "Choose condition" option.

    In the third column, enter the appropriate search phrase.

    When the search query is complete, click the Submit button to view the search results.

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Creating User Portfolios and MyCollections

With My Portfolio, you can create and manage your personal collection of items. A Portfolio is composed of one or more MyCollections. You might choose to assemble a MyCollection based on a selection of objects illustrating particular themes, a particular time period, or simply curators' choices.

To create a personalized Portfolio, click on My Portfolio on the top navigation bar. If you are a new user, click on "register here" link and fill out the form. Once you have an account, you can sign in with the username and password that you have just created.

After you are logged in, you will notice that there are more features available to you. You may now create MyCollections and add objects to them.

To create a new MyCollection, log in through My Portfolio and navigate back to My Portfolio again. Click on "Create a New MyCollection" link. From here, you can name and describe your new MyCollection.

You have the option of making your MyCollection public or private. By defaut, MyCollections are private. Once you choose to make a MyCollection public, you can then choose whether or not to let the public edit your MyCollection. Click Submit to create your new MyCollection.

To see your MyCollection, click on My Portfolio tab and you will notice that your new MyCollection has been added to the display. The MyCollection record will display the name of the given MyCollection and the number of objects it contains. If the creator has entered any remarks about the portfolio, those may display as well.

Read below to see how to add items to MyCollections.

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Adding/Viewing Objects in MyCollections

To add objects into your new MyCollection, you must have created a MyCollection and be logged in. Find the objects that you want to add through browse, search, etc. Because you are logged in, you will now notice checkboxes under each object that were not available before.

Simply click on the checkbox(es) to indicate which object(s) you want; select the appropriate MyCollection from the drop-down menu and click the "Add to my Portfolio" button.

To view objects in your MyCollection, navigate to My Portfolio and select the desired MyCollection. Click on either the MyCollection image or MyCollection name to view all objects within that folder.

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Removing Objects from MyCollections

Click on My Portfolio tab to see a lists of your MyCollections. There are options to edit and delete under each MyCollection.

Note clicking delete will delete the entire MyCollection.

To delete individual objects from your MyCollection, click Edit. A list of all objects added to the MyCollection will appear with checkboxes and radio buttons. Use the checkbox(es) to select the object(s) in which you want to remove from your MyCollection and click submit.

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Change Default Display of MyCollection

Click on My Portfolio tab and click on the Edit for the MyCollection that you want to edit the image on. A list of all objects added to the MyCollection will appear with checkboxes and radio buttons. The radio button controls the default display image for your MyCollection. Note only one object can be selected at a time. Select your object and click Submit to preview your changes.

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Record Display

There are three ways in which to display results from a search or a browse function. You can easily switch between each record display by clicking on the icons located at the top of the screen.

  1.  List view

    List view lists objects in rows of ten, with brief information including a thumbnail, object title, associated date, attributed artist, and its accession number. By default, the lists of objects are organized alphabetically by attributed artist's last name.

    List view allows you to reoganize or sort the list by clicking on column header for Title or Date. For example, clicking on Title will sort the list of results alphabetically by object title.

    Click on Next or Previous to navigate through the pages. Alternatively, you can click on the page number.

    Note: When clicking on the column headers to sort, a down arrow represents ascending order while an up arrow indicates descending order.

  2.  Grid view

    Grid view displays the results in a grid of thumbnails with labels. This view will display eight records at a time.

    Click on Next or Previous to navigate through the pages. Alternatively, you can click on the page number.

  3.  Description view

    Description view displays results one at a time with complete information. When available, you can click on the bold links to view related information about the object, such as artist or manufacturer information.

    Click on Next or Previous to navigate through the results. Alternatively, you can click on the page numbers.

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Image Zooming

When available, you can zoom into details of an object by clicking on the image from its record display page. This will bring you to a new page. You will need to have the free Flash Player. Most computers come pre-loaded with the Flash Player, so you may already have it. However, if you are unable to zoom in to see the views, then you will need to download the Flash Player from Adobe.

There are three ways to zoom in:

  1. With your mouse hovered over the larger image, scroll up with the mouse wheel to zoom in on the image. Scroll down to zoom out.
  2. If your mouse does not have a wheel, you can also zoom in by clicking on a certain area of the image to get more details. To zoom out, click on the minus button on the bottom of the image.
  3. Alternatively, you can click on the plus and minus buttons on the bottom of the image to zoom in or out.

To pan the image while you are zoomed in, you can click and hold on the arrow buttons located on the bottom of the image. Another option is to hold the mouse down on the zoomed in image and drag to desired location. As you pan, the image may appear blurred. When you let go of the mouse, the image will sharpen.

You may notice that a thumbnail version of the image located at the top left corner. As you zoom and pan, a blue square indicates where you are in the image. You can also use this as a way to pan the image. Simply hover your mouse over the blue square until your mouse pointer changes into a hand. You can now drag that square to view different parts of the image.

To return to the full image, click on the circle with an arrow located on the bottom of the image.

To return to the Description screen, click the Title link at the top of the page.

Thanks to Zoomify for providing this technology to us free of charge through the eMuseum system.

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Detailed Image Display

If there are detailed images associated with the object, there will be thumbnails directly beneath the record's main image.

  • Click on the main image to preview an enlarged version of the image.
  • Click the Title link at the top of the page to return to the Description screen.
  • Click the thumbnail image to view an enlarged version of the detail. When available, you can zoom into the detail for an even greater magnification.

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