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Welcome to our website! Campus Automated Rich Media Archiving (CARMA) is not currently recording new material, but we encourage you to browse our video collection.

We also have a number of resources for recording presentations that you might find useful. Find "Links & Resources" in the sidebar or click here.

You can search for a resource in two ways:

  • “Quick Keyword Search” is designed to allow you to search for one word or phrase without any customization of the search process.
  • “Advanced Search” provides many additional options to refine your search strategy, including searching for combinations of words or phrases, limiting the search by a variety of variables, and customizing how you will see the search results.

Search Tips

Search terms are not case sensitive (ie, capitalization is irrelevant). For example, “NASA” and “nasa” are the same.

To search phrases, enclose the words within double quotes (“Library of Congress”). You can also search specific numbers the same way (“114,457”).

The CARMA search interface assumes that a string of words in a phrase are joined by AND (“Library of Congress” returns results that include both “Library” and “Congress.”) Thus, it will match records with all the words occurring in the searched fields either together or individually.

You can also add a dash or a plus sign to the beginning of a word:

  • A dash (-magnesium or -“potato chips”) indicates that you don't want any results that contain that term.
  • A plus sign (e.g. +magnesium or +“potato chips”) indicates that you require results to contain that term or phrase.

Results are displayed in descending order of relevance, with the most relevant items appearing first. Relevance is determined through a combination of word occurrence frequency and a weighted value of the metadata fields being searched. Word occurrence in the Title is weighted the heaviest. Alternate Title, Creator, Publisher, Classification, and Contributor are in the next lower tier of weight values. Occurrence in the URL and Description are given the lowest weight values.

Advanced Search allows you to refine a particular search using additional criteria available in the form of a dropdown list. The portal software by default offers the following metadata fields as Limit options: URL Domain, Date Issued, Resource Type, Language, Audience, Format. These limits can be used exclusively or in combination with search terms. Also, you may select more than one option from each Limit by highlighting the desired options from the list. The default for these limit criteria is set at No Limit. To select a value(s), click on the down arrow to the right of the No Limit phrase to reveal available options. Highlight the desired value(s).

To browse the database, simply click on “Browse Resources." The number to the right of each subject indicates how many sub-topics or records are associated with that heading. Topics get more specific as you drill down; you can go back to the previous topic level(s) by clicking on them at the top of the page or using the back arrow on your browser.