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Getting Started

The following tutorial is a supplement to the USC Shoah Foundation Institute's own User Training Guide and concentrates on access at any of North Carolina's Triangle universities through the The Renaissance Computing Institute (RENCI) VHA server.  For a more comprehensive tutorial on using the VHA, users should refer to the User Guide.

The USC Shoah Foundation Institute Visual History Archive (VHA) may be accessed by anyone as long as they are on one of the Triangle universities' (University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill, Duke University, or North Carolina State University) campus networks.  Any modern Windows or Mac platform with network access should be able to display the VHA. Researchers from outside the Triangle universities and members of the community are invited to use the public workstations on campus to access the archive. Public terminals for viewing VHA content can be found at Davis Library on the UNC Chapel Hill campus and at Perkins Library at Duke; the reference librarians at Davis and Perkins will be pleased to offer information and assistance for viewing the archive.

Upon connecting to the VHA, you will be asked to create a user name and password. Click on the link to register as a user. The registration page will require some basic demographic information. All information is for statistical purposes only and will be kept private. Please make sure to enter a valid email address, as the VHA system will use this to communicate important information regarding your requests for testimony files.

Once you are logged in, you will be able to search through  the Advanced Search Menu. Searching is by four methods:  Quick Search, Biographical Search, People Search, and Keywords Search. The Advanced Search Menu is always available on the link bar at the top of the screen, along with a Help option and a link to the Projects section, where you can save searches and search results.