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CD Database Help


These notes refer to the tool panel at the top of the database. See the Database FAQ for a rundown of what's in the database and how to make best use of it. See Details for help in decoding database notes and abbreviations. To comment on an album, click on its Title. To comment on an artist, click on the artist's Name.

These notes describe how to use the tools. With these tools you can easily find one or more CDs, or produce your own customized reports of factual data and ratings. Try to arrange your screen so you can see the tool panel as you read the notes.

SEARCH and ye shall find:
Use the tools to specify the results you want before clicking on the Search button. Do this in two steps: first, filter or select which CD(s) to include, then choose how to sort and display them in the search report.

To start or restart with a fresh database, click Database in the poster menu at the left side of the screen. The default tool settings include all CDs, sorted by Title in a-z order, displayed 50 CDs per page. ("Asc." is an abbreviation for "ascending" order, meaning from low to high.)

Limit the search to one Title or all the CDs of one Artist by typing that name in the text box; if that text box is empty, all the Titles and Artists that fit the other filters will be included. Limit the search to a particular range of years by typing the first and last years in the text boxes. Limit the search to certain Types of CDs by clicking on one or more of the little boxes; selecting all four types produces the same result as not selecting any of them (all types).

Each CD has been assigned to one of 20 distinct genres. Use the Genre drop-down menu to limit the search to one genre at a time. Use the Genre Groups menu to carve up all the genres into larger slices. For example, the "Rock & Soul Alley focus" genre group includes blues, country, folk, hip-hop, and pop genres as well as the usual suspects. (See Details for more about genre groups.) You can also limit the search to include only CDs above certain music and sound rating levels.

After deciding which CDs to include in your search, use the two Sort By drop-down menus to specify how the list of CDs will be ordered. "Asc." and "Desc." stand for ascending (low to high) or descending (high to low) orders, either alphabetical or numerical. You may also choose to display 25, 50, or 100 CDs per page. Now click Search to see the result! Click Printer-Friendly to print what's displayed on the screen.

EXAMPLES for practice:
(1) Click Database in the poster menu to start with a fresh database. Type "Rolling Stones" in the Title/Artist text box, select "Original" Type, and Sort By "Year Asc." Click Search. Result = 13 original Rolling Stones albums year-by-year. Now de-select "Original" and change Sort By to "Music Rating Desc." Click Search. Result = 17 titles including compilations and one live album, all ranked by Gator's music ratings.

(2) Start with a fresh database. Select "Soul" on the Genre menu, select "Compilation" Type, select "at least 85" from the Music Rating menu, and Sort By "Artist Asc." Click Search. Result = 30 highly-rated Soul compilation CDs and sets listed by Artist in alphabetical order. Now change Sort By to "Music Rating Desc." Click Search. Result = the same list with an attitude.

(3) Start with a fresh database. Select "Rock and Soul Alley Focus" from Genre Groups menu. Enter 1970 to 1979 in Years text boxes. Select "Original" type. Select "at least 85" from the Music Rating menu. Sort By "Year Asc." Click Search. Result = 50 highly-rated original albums from the 1970s in year-by-year order.

See the Database FAQ for a rundown of what's in the database and how to make best use of it. See Details for help in decoding database notes and abbreviations.


 

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