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Searching tips

Here are some helpful tips to keep in mind when you are searching:

Plurals and other variations: You can use an asterisk at the end of a word stem to find plural forms and other variations on that word.

  example: searching for "work*" will match works, worker, working, etc.


Punctuation: All punctuation marks entered in a search box are ignored and treated as spaces.

  example: searching for anti-slavery and anti slavery will match both anti-slavery and anti slavery.

To search for a phrase, simply enter it in a text box. No need to enclose it in " " marks.


Restrict searches to specific parts of texts: Most of the search forms have pull-down menus that allow you to specify specific areas, or regions, of a text to search in. These come in two flavours: term-specific restrictions on the right of the term, which only affect that specific term, and a restriction on the whole search.
The items in these menus change depending on what collections you have selected. A general rule of thumb is: the more collections you select, the fewer region options will be available to search in.


Click the search button: To submit any search form you must click the "search checked collections" button. You cannot activate the search by hitting the enter or return key.


Specific collection search options: Each collection listed in your collection list has a link to "collection home," where you will find search options not available in the multiple collection search forms.


Related topics:

Searching regions
Search tips
Boolean search

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