How to Navigate this Site

Here you will find instructions on:
Compatibility Problems
Menu
Photos/captions
Videos
Timelines
Maps
Hyperlinks (including Bibliographies)
Share/Save

Compatibility Problems
If you are using an older version of Internet Explorer or Mozilla Firefox, the Indians of the Midwest website might not load correctly. For example, the text or images might not appear in the right place, or you might see a small red “x” in a box, as shown below.

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You can fix this easily by looking for the “Compatibility View” button on your browser. The compatibility button (see below) will allow you to view websites designed for older browsers and will fix out-of-place menus, images, and text.

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Menu
There are two ways to approach the content of this website. First, you can go to the Menu in the upper left corner. You will see seven sections or topics, and if you place your cursor over a topic, the subtopics will appear to the right. Or, you can look at the questions on the right side of the page and click on any or all of these seven questions that conform to the seven topics on the menu. When you click on a question, you will be directed to the appropriate section.

Hint: When you open a page, you should always be sure that your window is “maximized.” In order to do so, click on the box just to the left of the “X” in the upper right corner.

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There are several kinds of interactive opportunities on each page of the website: photos/captions, videos, timelines, maps, and questions that link to other text.

Photos/captions
To read a caption on a gallery image or on an illustration image on the right side of the page, click on the photo. The photo should appear in a frame, as displayed below. Hint: if a caption does not appear, you may have to scroll down using the inner vertical scroll bar.

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Videos
To watch a video, place your mouse on the arrow in the lower left corner and click. You can also play a video by clicking on the arrow in the center of the video screen.

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Press the “Play” button to start the video. If you want to pause or stop the video before it has ended, press the “Pause” button, as shown below.

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To increase or decrease the volume, slide the white dot to the left or the right. If you are still having trouble with sound, you should check the sound control on your computer. Often the sound control will appear as a speaker icon on the bottom right panel of the computer, as shown below. If you click on the speaker icon, a sound control will appear.

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To view the video on a full screen, click on this box.

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The longer videos may take a minute or two to load. If you have an older computer or slow connection, the video may take 10 minutes or more to fully load. You can monitor the progress of the loading by watching the blue bar next to the play button. Once you see the blue bar move ahead to the right, you can begin to view the video. There is also a timer on the video control panel. The number on the right indicates the length of the video. The number on the left indicates how much has played.

Hint: Instead of waiting for a slow video to load, you can read other parts of the page that you are on and return to the video once it is fully loaded.

You can also go to other pages on the site while the video is loading. In order to do so, open a new page by right-clicking on the section of the site you would like to view. Then click on “Open in New Tab” (in Internet Explorer) or “Open Link in New Tab” (in Mozilla Firefox). The page will open and will appear as a new “tab” just below the address bar. You can move back and forth between these pages as you wish by clicking on each “tab.”

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You need QuickTime to watch the videos. You can download it here:
http://www.apple.com/quicktime/download/. If you do not want to watch the video, you can read the transcript. Just click on “Video Transcript” above the video in the player box.

Timelines
You can look at a timeline in two ways. The easiest is to click on the green diamonds to move to a particular point in time. Or, you can put your cursor on the black triangle and drag it to the right to get a chronological view.

Maps
You can read a description of a particular place on these maps by clicking either on the place as listed in the menu in the upper left corner, or you can put your cursor over a symbol on the map and click on it.

Hint: If a group name does not illuminate, try moving the mouse toward the name from different directions.

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Once you have clicked on a place, the caption will appear below the map. To see the caption, you may need to use the two vertical side bars on the right to move up and down.

In the lower left corner of each map, you will find four arrow buttons. These allow you to move up, down, right, or left. To the right of these directional buttons, you will find a button with a + sign that enlarges the map and one with a – sign that reduces its size.

Hyperlinks (including Bibliographies)
You may have an opportunity to click on an underlined phrase or question to get readings or additional photos. Each of the seven sections has a How We Know page. At the bottom of the page you can click on a question that asks if you want to do your own research to retrieve a list of books, videos, or online sources.

Share/Save: How to Share and Bookmark
At the bottom of each page, you will find a small menu bar labeled “Share/Save.” This is the “AddToAny” button. AddToAny is a social bookmarking platform that allows you to share and bookmark any page on the Indians of the Midwest website. After clicking on the AddToAny button, you will be directed to a page that lists a variety of social networking outlets-Facebook, Reddit, Digg, Twitter, Delicious, for example. From here, you can begin to share and bookmark our site.

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