netTrekker’s Timeline tool provides a chronological index of eras, events, arts and innovations, and famous people throughout history. Zoom into a specific period of history, compare and contrast major innovations across continents, or layer artistic works onto periods of history. netTrekker gives users the power to view history piece by interactive piece. There are two ways to access the Timeline tool.

  1. Click on the Tools tab (A) on your home page. Then choose Timeline (B).
    Example of Accessing the Timeline Tool
  2. Often when you perform a Famous Person search, you will find a timeline icon next to a name. When you click on the icon, you will go to a timeline that represents the time span of that person’s life. Note: These are not timelines of the events in a famous person’s life, but of events, inventions, etc. that happened during that person’s lifetime.

How to Use the Timeline Tool

netTrekker will display the introductory Timeline page. Each level of netTrekker (Elementary, Middle, or High) will present a selection of timelines appropriate to that level. Select a timeline from the list (A),  or enter a time span in the boxes provided (B) and click .

netTrekker will display a Timeline based upon your selections. Each timeline is broken up into five main categories: Eras, Events, Arts, Innovations/Discoveries, and Famous People.

The top area of the Timeline, Eras, indicates generally recognized time periods marked by particular social and/or environmental changes such as wars, social issues, leaps in technology, etc.

The second area of the Timeline, Events,  indicates distinct events or occurrences which took place during a particular time period. Such events have precisely known dates and can include wars and battles, presidential speeches, newly enacted laws, the signing of treaties, and other events marked in history.

The third area of the Timeline, Arts, indicates relevant and influential works produced by writers, painters, sculptors, and musicians during a particular time period.

The fourth area of the Timeline, Innovations/Discoveries, indicates new discoveries, methods, approaches, and ideas in the fields of science and the military during a particular time period.

The fifth area of the Timeline, Famous People, indicates the famous people who were alive during a particular time period.

To get a Search Result on any item listed in any area of the Timeline, click on the link. Each link will return a Search Result of resources about the item from the timeline.

netTrekker allows you to add to your timeline in many ways.

A  Drill Down Through the Timeline  

The timeline icon () always indicates an additional timeline. To focus  your timeline on the time period of just one era, event, famous person, etc. click this icon when it appears. A new timeline will be created dictated by your selection.

B  Expand/Contract the Categories

netTrekker allows you to expand and contract the five main categories of a timeline by using the plus or minus signs (+/-) found next to each category title. Select the + to increase the number of items displayed in a category, up to a maximum of thirty; select the to decrease the number of items displayed in a category.

C  Move the Timeline (only available when you begin the timeline by entering a Time Span)

When you select a span of time for your Dynamic Timeline, you are not necessarily restricted to those dates. Use the buttons to move the timeline backward or forward in time.

D  Add a Layer (only available in pre-defined timelines)

netTrekker allows you to add layers of disciplines onto an existing timeline when you begin with a predefined timeline rather than beginning with a time span. By adding layers to your timeline, you can create a cross-discipline tool that fits your needs. Select a layer from the pull-down menu at the top of the screen and the chosen layer will be added to your timeline. A legend will appear at the top of your timeline indicating the new layer or layers.

Example of Selecting a Layer

You only have access to the Save the Timeline feature if you are logged into netTrekker as an individual user. If you access netTrekker through your school’s IP address, register for free as an individual user to use this feature.

Save the Timeline

Once you have created and expanded a timeline to suit your purposes, you can save it and share it in My Portfolio.

Click on at the top of the timeline. This will take you to a dialog box where you can place the timeline within an existing folder, or create a new folder and add it to that folder if you choose.

Example of Saving a Timeline

Click on to include your Timeline in My Portfolio.

Now you can manage your timeline in all the ways you manage other saved searches. You will find your saved timeline listed in the Portfolio folder to which you saved it.

Example of Accessing a Saved Timeline

For more information on how to handle saved searches, check out My Portfolio.

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