How do I return to a single item?

Search URLs are dynamically written to include search terms, collections, items, views, and pages. To ensure that the item is included find the item's unique permanent link, which is displayed on the citation view. To see the citation view, go to the item and click on the top "Citation" tab. The full citation includes the permanent link. Simply click on that permanent link and bookmark it to always return to the item.

Selecting the Full Citation View Full Citation View with the Permanent Link
Full Citation View   BibID or Bibliographic Identifier

How do I print an item?

To print an item, click on the gray print button above the item. The gray button is shown in the screenshot below.

After clicking on the gray print button, a new window opens. The window is shown in the screeenshot below. Here, you can choose to:

  • Print only the citation
  • Print the current page
  • Print all pages
  • Print a range of pages that you select
  • Print thumbnails
  • And, whether or not to also print the brief citation


Depending on how your web browser and printer are set up, another option is to save the images and then print from another program on your computer. See the information above for saving images to your computer.

How do I search within a single item?

To search within a single item, use the Advanced Search. Enter your search term in one of the search boxes to identify the item. For instance, enter the title in one search box and select "title" from the drop down options. Then, enter your search term in the next search box, and select "anywhere" from the drop down.

For instance, if you search within the Waterfront News in the Florida Digital Newspaper Library for "yacht" then one of the search boxes will have 'yacht' found ANYWHERE and the other will have "Waterfront News" listed in the title field.

How do I save an image from SobekCM?

Images in SobekCM may be saved directly from SobekCM. Please note that permissions for use on items may be restricted.

To ensure that you're saving the highest quality images, follow these steps.

1. Find the image in SobekCM.

2. From the top menu, make sure "zoomable image" is selected.
Zoomable Image Selection

3. From the top menu, select the largest square above the image.
Zoom Level

4. The images can also be zoomed-in on further, by using the + and - levels above the image on the left side. Please note that zooming in may display only a portion of the image.

5. After selecting the largest size, right-click on the image as usual to save it.

How do I resize a saved image?

SobekCM displays images at normal screen resolution, 72dpi; however, dpi is relative to image size. After downloading an image, it can be resized to a smaller dimension with a greater dpi. For instance, the large version of the image above is 1535x1233 pixels at 72dpi (which would be a printed size of approximately 21 x 17 inches). If it's resized without resampling to 300dpi, the image's printable size would shrink to become approximately 5 x 4 inches.

To resize an image this way, many advanced image editing programs have an "image size" menu. For instance, in Photoshop, click on "image" and then "image size."

Image Size in Photoshop

This brings up a new window with the current size information. From here, unclick the "resample image" box.

Image Size Menu

By unchecking the "resample image" box, the top dimensions become fixed. Then, the resolution can be changed. Changing it will automatically change the print size, as shown in the two images below.

The first image shows the print size without the resolution change and the second shows the print size after the resolution is increased from 72 to 300dpi.

Resampling image size

Image menu with the higher dpi and smaller print size

How do I find items from only a single institution?

The advanced search allows searching by "holding code" where the holding code is the code for the contributing organization. You can also search only the holding institutions by using the iHOLDING_CODE in the web address. Those holding codes can also be directly accessed from the links below.

How do I find items for only one project or collection?

Some of the individual projects are by a single holding institution and those can be searched using the links above. Other projects are collaborative and may be listed on the SobekCM main page or as links from subsequent pages. For a list of all collections and projects, see this page.

Large collaborative projects hosted on the SobekCM system include:

Where can I find publicity materials?

Promotional Materials:

What is OCR?

Optical character recognition (OCR) is a fully automated process that converts an image file or visual image of numbers and letters into actual text (computer-readable numbers and letters). The text can then be read by software to enable text searching.

The OCR process is not completely accurate, and it is less accurate with more difficult images (where the original has unusual text styles, odd fonts and font sizes, images without text, other markings on the images, etc). In some cases, the OCR process will create errors that cannot be corrected through software and other automation and that can only be corrected manually by human oversight. Despite not being perfect, OCR is very important because it creates searchable text for historical documents. As needed and when resources are available, the searchable text can be corrected to 100 percent with far less effort than would be required for full transcription.

Where can I find additional years of a newspaper?

For newspaper issues that are not online, they are often only available on microfilm. You can request that your local library borrow the film using interlibrary loan and then the film can be sent to them, so that you can access the film in your local library.

Where can I find more information on a topic I found referenced in these collections?

The UF Digital Collections does not have additional information on some items. Your local library can assist with information on different research tools and methods for further inquiry.

Can you tell me the value of my book or an item in my collection?

The University of Florida cannot make such a valuation.

For books, a used or rare book dealer in your area may be able to take a look and give you an idea of edition and any other pertinent information. Also, there is a website that will give you some information. You could also search which is a site where used and rare book dealers post their books, and see if another copy is for sale and if so, what information is available.

For collectibles, the Smithsonian Institution's Encyclopedia Smithsonian ( provides an overview on identifying and valuing collectible objects. The page includes links to several appraisal organizations and a reference list of helpful books and magazines.

Can you tell me the name of a children's book where I don't remember the title or author?

It is very difficult to identify a book without a title or an author. There are many people who search for books from their childhood and they can only remember a character's name, or the general idea of the story. To aid with these sorts of questions some booksellers maintain archives of previous quests for remembered children's books. This site has helped others in the past with many questions already answered in the archives and new questions are shared for the community to assist with answers:

Where can I find more information about something mentioned in an Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences (IFAS) publication?

Often we do not have further information on the contents of materials included in the UF Digital Collections. The Institute for Food and Agricultural Sciences (IFAS) may have further information or the Extension Agent in your area may be able to provide assistance. This page lists all of the local county offices for IFAS which then lists local contacts in your area: