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
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.
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