Friday, October 27, 2006

How to access the NLB Web Archive Singapore (WAS)

I thought this might be useful for those who aren't quite sure how to search for archived websites in the NLB Web Archive Singapore (WAS), mentioned at this earlier post.

At the NLB website, choose eArchive under the "eResources" option:
NLB - Web Archive

At the eArchive (i.e. W.A.S.) page, the search box is at the left margin:
Web Archive Search Page

For some reason, the search box didn't seem to work so I tried Advanced Search. In this example, I've typed in "ang mo kio" (one of the HDB estates):
NLB web archive - Advanced search page

The search results page looks like this. A cursory check seems to indicate that there are more school websites archived in W.A.S. but I am not really that certain. Anyway, turns out that the websites of the Ang Mo Kio (AMK) Primary School and AMK Secondary School archived (yeah, I attended both schools):
NLB web archive - Search results

Clicking on the individual link will bring you to the Item Detail page, where it shows, among other things, when that particular website was archived (btw, you need to allow for pop-ups to view the archived site):
NLB web archive - Item Details

If you click through, you'll see the archived website. For the above example, I noticed something strange though. The archive date in the Item Detail page says "31st May 2006", but looking at the archived page, it says "27th Oct 2006".
AMK Primary School archived page

Looking at some other archived pages, the archive date indicated in the item detail page shows an earlier date than what' shown in the actual archived page. I'll have to check with my colleague to find out what's up with that.

Anyway, that's how you can search for archived items in the NLB eArchive. Hopes this helps.

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