How to find information in the Niupepa: Maori Newspapers collection

There are 3 ways to find information in this collection:


Navigation buttons

Different navigation buttons will appear in certain sections of the collection. An explanation of these is given below.

Click on a bookshelf icon when browsing the niupepa series to view a list of all the issues in that series
Click on a newspaper icon to read the corresponding niupepa issue
Click on the 'c' icon when browsing a niupepa series to view a commentary of that series
Click on an abstract icon to read English abstracts of the given issue
While viewing a niupepa click the forward arrow to go to the next page
While viewing a niupepa click the back arrow to go to the previous page
Open this page in a new window
View fullsize image of this page
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Highlight search terms
View the english abstract
View the text of this page

Language preferences

When you click the preferences button at the top of the page you will be able to change some features of the interface to suit your own requirements.

Each collection has a default presentation language, but you can switch to a different language if you like. You can also alter the encoding scheme used by Greenstone for output to the browser -- the software chooses sensible defaults, but with some browsers better visual results can be used by switching to a different encoding scheme. All collections allow you to switch from the standard graphical interface format to a textual one. This is particularly useful for visually impaired users who use large screen fonts or speech synthesizers for output.



Search terms

Whatever you type into the query box is interpreted as a list of words called "search terms." Each term contains nothing but alphabetic characters and digits. Terms are separated by white space. If any other characters such as punctuation appear, they serve to separate terms just as though they were spaces. And then they are ignored. You can't search for words that include punctuation.

For example, the query

will be treated the same as

Query type

There are two different kinds of query.

Use as many search terms as you like--a whole sentence, or even a whole paragraph. If you specify only one term, documents will be ordered by its frequency of occurrence.

Case sensitivity and stemming

Two pairs of buttons on the preferences page control the kind of text matching in the searches that you make. The first set (labeled "case differences") controls whether upper and lower case must match. The second ("word endings") controls whether to ignore word endings or not. It is possible to get a large query box, so that you can easily do paragraph-sized searching. It is surprisingly quick to search for large amounts of text.

For example, if the buttons ignore case differences and ignore word endings are selected, the query

will be treated the same as

because the uppercase letter in "African" will be transformed to lowercase, and the suffixes "n" and "ing" will be removed from "African" and "building" respectively (also, "s" would be removed from "builds").