TED is an acronym for TEmplated Database. A Harvard University Library TED Collection is an online catalog that describes a special collection of materials on a particular theme or topic.
The Iranian Oral History Project (IOHP) is a TED collection that consists of the personal accounts of individuals who played major roles in or were eyewitnesses to important political events in Iran from the 1920s to the 1980s.
In this collection, the individuals providing accounts (the interviewees) are called narrators. The interviews range in length from one to forty-three hours, and were captured on sixty minute tapes, with the tapes numbered consecutively for each narrator. Each record in the TED database describes a tape, and includes the narrator name, tape number, subject terms and other related information. Since the database records correspond to the tapes, the number of records per narrator corresponds to the length of the interview.
Once connected to the IOHP TED collection, you can use the options on the main menu to:
Display the home page to view a description of the IOHP TED collection.
Search for keywords that appear in resource descriptions. Type words into one or more search boxes, use the drop-down menu to select the index to search, then click the Search button. Use quotation marks to search for a phrase; use and, or, not as operators to combine words or phrases. See Searching for additional tips.
Browse alphabetic lists of the narrators and subjects in the TED collection. Select an index to browse and enter all or part of a term around which you would like to browse. See Browsing for additional tips.
View the list of searches and browse selections you have performed during your session. Click the Search link next to an entry to redo a search or browse. You can also combine previous searches. See Search History for additional tips.
Manage Selected Records
Work with records you have saved to portfolios for use outside of TED. A set of saved records can be viewed or e-mailed from the Manage Selected Records page. See Manage Selected Records for additional tips.
View this online user guide.
Accessing the IOHP Collection
The Iranian Oral History Project (IOHP) Collection is available at this url:
This collection is publicly accessible.
To print the digital materials described in the IOHP TED collection delivered through the HUL Page Delivery Service, version 6 or higher of the Acrobat Reader must be installed on your computer.
Note about session timeout: A TED collection session will expire after 30 minutes of inactivity. Once your session expires, click on any option in the main menu to start a new session and continue your work. If your session times out, any search history and saved records will be discarded.
Select Search on the left menu to search for keywords that appear in resource descriptions. Type words into one or more search boxes, use the drop-down menu to select the index to be searched, then click the Search button. Select a Boolean operator (and, or, not) from the drop-down list to combine words or phrases.
Results will display as a list of brief records that match your search, with the search term highlighted. From the results, you can display the full record or save records to a portfolio that you can email.
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Use and to find records containing both keywords. Use or to find records containing any of the keywords. Use not to find records containing one keyword but not the other.
Use double quotes to search phrases:
"oil and the revolution of 1979"
Multiple words without quotes will be searched as if they were combined with the and operator.
Hyphens can be included in the search where they occur, or replaced by a space:
"by-laws" or "by laws"
Searching partial words
Use an asterisk at the beginning, middle, or end of a word to search partial words:
Selecting an index
Select Anywhere to search keywords in all parts of a record.
Limiting search results
You can also limit your search to records with particular attributes. You can specify gender of the narrator or language of the interview. You can also limit your results to records with Digital Audio and / or Digital Transcripts.
Number of results per page
By default, results will usually include 5 records per page. Change this by selecting another value from the "Set Size …" drop-down list.
The Browse Indexes option allows you to browse A to Z through the contents of the Narrator Index and the Subject Index in the IOHP collection. Select an index to browse and enter all or part of a term around which you would like to browse.
A Narrator is the person providing the personal account (the interview).
A Subject is a person, organization, place, or topic associated with an interview.
To perform a browse, enter a term, select an index and click the "Browse" button.
Browse results will be an alphabetic list of index terms, with your term (or the closest match) at the top of the list.
Click on an entry in the list and a search will be performed on the word or phrase within the corresponding index. The brief view of records containing the word or phrase will display. From the results, you can display the full record or save records for emailing.
Full Record Display
From search or browse results, click the Display Full Record button to view the full record. The Full Record display provides information about the recorded interview, the tape and related transcript. Any search terms will be highlighted.
Note that for a single narrator, there may be multiple tapes from the interview and therefore multiple records in the collection. Tapes from an interview are numbered consecutively for each narrator. The Tape Number field in the record will contain a number indicating which interview tape is represented.
Digitized Transcripts are available for most of the interviews in the IOHP collection. The majority of the transcripts are in Persian. A small number are in English. If a digitized transcript of the taped interview is available, there will be a Digital Transcript link in the record. Click this link and the transcript for the tape will display in a new browser window. If a digitized version of the audio tape is available, there will be a Digital Audio link in the record. Click this link to hear the digitized audio of the tape.
From a full record display, you can also save the record to a portfolio for emailing.
Search History records all the searches and browse selections performed in your TED session. Each search or browse entry in search history includes the number of records retrieved and the time it was performed. The most recent searches are at the top.
You can re-issue any search or browse selection by clicking on the "Search" link for the entry.
To clear search history, click the "Clear History" button.
From Search History, you can combine previous searches. Enter the search numbers from the left hand column, select a Boolean operator from the pull down menu and click Go.
A new search will be performed on the combined search terms. Searches combined with the Boolean "and" will find records that match both search terms while Boolean "or" will find records matching either search term.
Note: A TED collection session will expire after 30 minutes of inactivity. Once your session expires, any search history entries will be discarded.
Manage Selected Records
You can save records to a portfolio from the results list or a full record display. A portfolio can be viewed, edited, or emailed from the Manage Selected Records page.
To view or edit contents of a portfolio: open the Manage Selected Records page and select a portfolio (contents of the default portfolio will display automatically). Contents of the selected portfolio are selected by default. To remove a record from the portfolio, click its checkbox to deselect and then click Remove Selected Records. To exclude a record from being emailed, deselect it before clicking Email Records.
To email a portfolio: select a portfolio, enter a full email address and click Email Records. A single message containing a separate attachment for each record will be sent to the email address indicated. Emailed records arrive as marked up text with an xml file extension. Any digital links that are present in a record will be included in the emailed xml file.
Note: A TED collection session will expire after 30 minutes of inactivity. Once your session expires, any saved records will be discarded.
To report a problem or ask a question about a TED collection, use the "Questions & Comments" link that displays at the bottom of every page of the collection. Your comment will be sent to the curator of the TED collection.
If you are reporting a problem using the collection, please provide a detailed description of the problem, including any error message you receive.