Help using the site


We have been informed by many users of their difficulties using FaceBook to login.  If you are having problems with FaceBook, or if you are a new user contemplating registering to use the DJSA, we strongly recommend using a Gmail (Google) account instead.  This method has proved to be the most reliable.  While we are hoping to fix this problem, it appears to be FaceBook's doing.  We will continue to support this method of loging in since it seems to work for most users.

Alex Hartov 12/20/2017



Accessing the media

The audio and visual materials in the Dartmouth Jewish Sound Archive are available unrestricted to users on the Dartmouth College campus network. Users outside of Dartmouth will need to register to obtain a user account which will allow them access to the archive.  Access will be given to outside users on an individual basis for bona fide research or educational purposes. To request access, use the Login with Social Media link at the top right of this window. You will need to provide a short paragraph explaining your intended use of the archive.  Note that users outside of Dartmouth will need to have either a Google, Facebook or Yahoo account.  For those who do not have any of these, we suggest to get a Google email account as the easiest path.

Please note: When requesting access you will be asked to give a JUSTIFICATION.  If you do not fill this box or if you enter anything that does not constitute a justification for accessing copyrighted material in the DJSA your request will be denied.  We are required to keep those justifications on record so as to be able to provide access to this archive for research and education purposes under the doctrine of fair use.


Searching for Tracks

We strongly suggest that you familiarize yourself with the Quick Search feature on our site.  You may type any string of character in any script; matches found will be listed.  Searches are case insensitive.  You may also take note of how the system responds to various entries.  For example, if you were to type (note the position of the space character):

"sun"      will return all instances of the string "sun" whether it is at the beginning or end of a word or if it is in the middle.

"sun "     will only return instances where the string is at the end of a word

" sun "    will only return instances where the string stands apart

In the examples above, the quotes are used to make the position of the spaces in the search string visible, however, do not use quotes in your query string.


Media player and playlists

When you are viewing the contents of an album, the media player will appear above the tracks list.  See the figures below for additional explanations.

At the top of the tracks list will be a green header with the buttons: 

Play:                Will play all the tracks in the player queue

Add to Player:   Will add all the tracks to the player

PlayList:           Will add selected tracks to the play list

The player and the playlists operate as two separate lists.  If you wish to play what was saved in the playlist, click the "Playlist" tab at the top right and start the player.

Figure 1Figure 1.  Playing a single track: press ">" to the left of the track title or add it to the media player using the up arrow.  You may also add it to your playlist.  Use the "Playlist" tab (upper right) to go to your playlist page.

Figure 2

Figure 2.  If you add all the tracks of the current album to the media player, you can then play them all.  The figure shows the controls to play, repeat, randomize and remove tracks from the media player.

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