Help using the site

To register for access to the Dartmouth Jewish Sound Archive (DJSA):

Use the "Register/Login with Social Media" link in the upper right of this page.

You will be asked to use one of: Yahoo Facebook or Gmail credentials to register.  This means that you will enter your username and password corresponding to your social media platform of choice.  We use the services of Yahoo/Facebook/Gmail to control access to the DJSA.  We do NOT get to see your credentials, we are only notified that they are correct.

After you have registered, your request will be reviewered and possibly approved, at which time you will receive an email notice.  Most of the time this is quick, but at times it may take a day or two.

Once you have been approved, you may return to our home page and use the SAME "Register/Login with Social Media" link you used to register in order to login.  Use the same username and password that you used to register.

Do NOT ask us about what is your username or password, we do not know what they are.  Do NOT ask us what is your NetID, if you are not at Dartmouth as an employee or student, you don't have one.

Lastly, note that we ask for a justification in our application form.  All that is required is that you enter your intended purpose for accessing the DJSA. If you choose not to fill that item, or if you enter anything that makes no sense, you will not be granted access to the DJSA.  We are required to keep those justifications on record so as to be able to provide access to this archive of COPYRIGHTED material for research and education purposes under the legal doctrine of fair use.

If your justification is "for enjoyment" or "I want to download music" or anything that does not constitute appropriate reasons under the doctrine of copyright fair use, we will not be able to aprove your request.


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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We like to think that our site is simple enough that you now know all there is to know.  If you find a topic that needs clarification, please contact us.