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From this page, you can access help for the Inuit Artists’ Print Database. Click the type of help that you want to view.

 

Help brings you back to this home page. You can click Help from the navigation bar at the top of every page in the Inuit Artists’ Print Database site.

 

General information gives you some basic notes on the use of the database. Here, you can learn how to access quickly the information you need.

 

Keyword Search

 

Advanced Search

 

Search Results screen

 

View Details screen


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General information

 

The Inuit Artists’ Print Database contains nearly 8000 records for prints dating from 1957 to today. There are several ways to search for these records in the database.

 

Note: the Inuit Artists’ Print Database is an online version of an English-language publication (Barz, Sandra B. (éditeur). The Inuit Artists Print Workbook, 3rd edition. New York: Arts & Culture of the North, 2004). The database, including introductory and help texts, is designed to be used in English and French, but the contents are in the language of the original publication.

 

Indexed fields

 

Example of a typical record in the database

 

It is possible to search for records using the title, the name of the artist including alternative spellings of the name, the gender of the artist, the name of the printer, the title of the catalogue or other collective publication in which the print appears, the community in which the print was produced, the name of the cutter or platemaker, the technique used to produce the print and the date of the print. Please consult Advanced Search for more information on searching these fields.

 

Alternative names

 

When searching with the alternative name of an artist (2) the record with the authorized form of the name (1) appears.

 

Variant spellings of an artist’s name may occur. Only one form of an artist’s name is used in the database to refer directly to the artist. When using Keyword Search or Advanced Search, the alternative name of an artist can be used to find prints attributed to him or her as an artist. To find all works to which an artist has contributed (as an artist, a printer or a cutter,) use the authorized form of his or her name (number 1 in the screenshot above).

Punctuation and definite/indefinite articles

 

When searching, punctuation and definite/indefinite articles (e.g. a, the) are not ignored. This means that adding unnecessary punctuation marks might cause you to miss a significant record. However, it might be necessary to add punctuation when searching for an exact match of an artist’s name.

 

Word search

 

The database searches for words letter by letter. This means that a search for the word “man” will also locate the words “manual” and “woman.” It is possible to restrict those irrelevant results either by using a boolean term in the proper search field in Advanced Search or simply by adding more keywords to your search field.

 


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Keyword Search

 

Keyword Search helps you search quickly through records. It works by looking through the indexed fields of all of the records (see General information for a list of all indexed fields in the database.)

 

Use Advanced Search to search for information in specific fields or to search by date of print, including ranges of dates.

 

Note that search results in Keyword Search are not affected by any data present in Advanced Search and vice-versa.

 

 

1 - Keyword Search box

 

Use to enter keywords. Be careful about using articles and punctuation, especially if you have enabled “Exact Match” in the “looking for” dropdown list.

 

2 - “Looking for” dropdown list

 

From the list, select whether the results must match all the keywords, any of the keywords, or the exact keyword phrase as entered in the Keyword Search box.

 

For example, suppose you type Family Life in the Keyword Search box. If you look for all words, then the results will include only content that matches both "Family" and "Life" somewhere in the record. If you specify that you are looking for any words, then the results will include content that matches either "Family", or "Life", or both "Family" and "Life". If you specify that you are looking for an exact match, then the results will include only content that have the exact phrase "Family Life".

3 - “Results per page” dropdown list

 

From the list, select the number of results you want to view on one page. If more results are found than can be shown on one page, you can scroll through the additional pages.

 

4 - Search button

 

Executes the search according to your specifications and brings you to the Search Results screen.

 

5 - Clear button

 

Clears entire page, including any information found in the Advanced Search fields.

 

6 - Help button

 

Brings you back to the main Help screen.

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Advanced search

 

Advanced search helps you search quickly through records. It works by looking through all records using the indexed fields you have selected. Enter the desired search term in the appropriate box.

 

Use the Keyword Search to search for information in all of the indexed fields.

 

Note that search results in Advanced Search are not affected by any data present in Keyword Search and vice-versa.

 

For a simple explanation of the boolean operators used in the database, consult 10 – Boolean Operators below.

 

Advanced Search

 

1 – Artist’s Name search field

 

Type the name of the artist. The order in which you type the name is important only if you have enabled “exact match.” (See 11 – Exact Match below) Alternative names can be used to locate the artist. However, this field does not locate the artist if he or she collaborated on a print as a cutter or printer.

 

2 – Print Title search field

 

Type in the title of the print or keywords from the title into this field.

 

3 – Community dropdown list

 

Select the community associated with the print.

 

Certain community names are enclosed in parentheses. This is a special distinction to differentiate cases where the artist who did the print comes from the community but might have done or finished the work elsewhere.

 

Selecting a community name without a parenthesis also searches listings with the community name enclosed in parentheses, if available.

 

Community names usually have the following format: Current Inuit Name / Historic English Name / Historic French Name (Provincial Designation). For example, Inukjuak can be found under “Inukjuak/Port Harrison/Inoucdjouac (Arctic Québec)”

 

4 – Gender dropdown list

 

If known, select the gender of the artist.

 

5 – Cutter’s Name search field

 

Type the name of the cutter. Note that only the authorized version of the name is searchable in this field.

 

If you are unable to find a result, try the following procedure: use the Artist’s Name search field and enter the name of the cutter. Examine the results carefully. Is the authorized version of the name different from the name you have just entered in the Artist’s Name search field? Try searching the Cutter’s Name search field with the authorized version of the name instead.

 

For example, Akouvak, Klengenberg is the cutter for the print “Family Life” by the artist “Kuneyuna, Mona Ohoveluk, 1935-1992.” However, a search for “Akouvak” in the Cutter’s Name search field does not locate the print. A search for “Akouvak, Klengenberg” in the Artist’s Name search field retrieves several prints by Akovak, Patrick, 1944-1976 (the authorized form of Akouvak, Klengenberg’s name in the database.) Searching for “Akovak, Patrick” in the Cutter’s Name search field then successfully locates the print “Family Life.”

 

6 – Printer’s Name search field

 

Type the name of the printer. Note that only the authorized version of the name is searchable in this field.

 

If you are unable to find a result, try the following procedure: use the Artist’s Name search field and enter the name of the printer. Examine the results carefully. Is the authorized version of the name different from the name you have just entered in the Artist’s Name search field? Try searching the Printer’s Name search field with the authorized version of the name instead.

 

For example: Akouvak, Klengenberg is the printer for the print “Family Life” by the artist “Kuneyuna, Mona Ohoveluk, 1935-1992.” However, a search for “Akouvak” in the Printer’s Name search field does not locate the print. A search for “Akouvak, Klengenberg” in the Artist’s Name search field retrieves several prints by Akovak, Patrick, 1944-1976 (the authorized form of Akouvak, Klengenberg’s name in the database.) Searching for “Akovak, Patrick” in the Printer’s Name search field sucessfully locates the print “Family Life.”

 

7 – Print Date search fields

 

Two dates must be input in this field in chronological order for the search to work correctly. If looking for a specific year instead of a range of years, type it in twice.

 

8 – Print Technique search field

 

Select the print technique associated with the print.

 

9 – Publication Title / Keyword field

 

This is a special field that enables you to find information on “special” listings not collected in the annual catalogs. This is also the field to use to search for a series.

 

10 – Boolean Operators dropdown list

 

Use the dropdown list to select the boolean operator to apply to the field. There are three choices: AND, NOT and OR.

 

Use AND when the listing must contain all of the words from all of the fields selected.

Use NOT when the words in the fields selected must not appear in the record.

OR means that you search for the listings defined by the AND and NOT operators or the listings in the field modified by the OR.

 

The boolean operators are sorted in the following order: AND > NOT > OR.

 

11 – Exact Match

 

If you select “Exact Match”, then the results include only content that have the exact words, in the exact order, specified in the Artist’s Name search field.

 

12 – Help button

 

Brings you back to the main Help screen.

 

13 – Search button

 

Executes the search according to your specifications and brings you to Search Results screen.

 

14 – Clear button

 

Clears entire page, including any information found in the Keyword Search fields.

 


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Search Results screen

 

 

1 – Number of search results

 

Tells you how many listings where found with your search.

 

2 – Modify Search button

 

Brings you back to Keyword Search and Advanced Search. The information you put in the different fields will still be there.

 

3 – Print List button

 

Enables you to print all the listings found in the search as they appear on the Search Results screen.

 

4 – Navigation buttons

 

 

You are able to go to the first page of listings, go to the previous page of listings, see the numbers of the records on the page, go to the next page of listings, go to the last page of listings.

 

5 – Print Records button

 

Enables you to print all listings found in the search as they would appear on the View Details screen.

 

6 – Column headers

 

Allows you to sort the search results in alphabetical order by name, title, community or technique. The “Date” header allows you to sort search results in inverse chronological order.

 

7 – Titles

 

Click on the title of a print in order to access it in the View Details screen.

 


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View Details screen

 

 

1 – View Details fields

 

Artist:                           Name of the artist and date of birth and death (if known)

 

Printer:                          Name of the printer.

 

Colours:                        Approximate number of colours used in the print.

 

Edition:                         Number of prints produced.

 

Number:                        Number of the print appearing in the publication.

 

Price:                            Price at which the print was first sold.

 

Auction House:              Lists auctions at which the print was sold and the price it was sold for. The date is in the “m/yy” format. In the screenshot above, the print was sold for $280 at Waddington’s in Toronto in June 1978.

 

2 – Modify Search button

 

Brings you back to the Keyword Search and Advanced Search. The information you put in the different fields will still be there.

 

3 – Back to Search Results button

 

Brings you back to Search Results.

 

4 – Print Record button

 

Prints the selected record as seen on the View Details screen.

 

 
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