Quick summary of the timeline’s functionality,
a User Guide for Timeline Database
Date - Date the event, speech, etc. actually happened.
Title - Title of article, or short (one-line) description.
Source - Name of media outlet, government document, etc. where the item came from.
Published - Date the article was published, speech was reported, show was broadcast, etc.
Link - URL for the sourcenote some web pages are no longer available at their original locations
Summary - Excerpt from or summary of the item; summaries are indicated as such by the word “SUMMARY” at the beginning of the text.
Categories - Yes/No flags corresponding to various topic areas; can be used in searches to retrieve all records pertaining to WMD, for example.
The database is set up to display only the Date and Title fields in the list. Clicking on the title will reveal the Summary text and the source, which is a live link. The Category fields noted above are shown only on the search screen.
Each page lists 100 records. At the top of each page there are dates that indicate the date of the first record on each pageclicking on one of the dates takes you to that page.
Searching the database
When you click the Advanced Search link, you will be taken to the Search Form where you can specify what criteria you want to search on. Each field has a drop-down list next to it where you can choose the conditions of the search. For example, to find all records prior to September 11, 2001 you would choose “<” in the drop-down list next to the Date field and enter 09-11-01 in the Date field itself, then click the “search for record” button.
You can search on any combination of criteria. For example, you could add to the pre-9/11 search just noted to include records that refer to the Project for a New American Century (PNAC) think tank by including “PNAC” in the title field. The result would bring up all records with “PNAC” in the title that are also dated prior to 9/11/01.
This is an alternate search tool available from the main database list pages. It works like any search enginejust enter the text you’d like to search on and it will find all records that contain that text in any field.