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The Wellesley Index Search page allows you to search for records based on specific criteria.

What types of search can I perform?

Search

You can search all of The Wellesley Index using the Search page.

If you need help deciding what to enter into a search box, you can click the relevant Select from a list > link. This displays a list of appropriate terms for you to select, which are then transferred back to the relevant search box when you click Select.

To narrow the scope of your search you can join together your search terms using special sets of predefined words called operators. Boolean, proximity and truncation searching provides more information on how to use these operators.

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How do I find information quickly?

To list all records containing a particular word or phrase:

The Search Results page will be displayed, listing all records containing the word(s) you entered.

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How do I perform more complex searches or restrict my search to a particular content type?

Limit to:

You can restrict your search to a particular content type or types (Articles, Contributors, Pseudonyms, or Periodical Introductions) using the Limit to: checkboxes. By default, The Wellesley Index searches all content types, including records for items in The Curran Index that do not appear in Wellesley Index.

To restrict your search to Articles and Contributors only:

The Search Results page will be displayed, listing only records found in newspapers or periodicals.

Please note: using combinations of the Limit to: checkboxes and particular search fields will return Zero results. For Example:

Contributor

You can search for items written by a particular contributor:

The Search Results page will be displayed, listing all items for articles written by that contributor.

Living in the years

To list information about authors who lived between certain years:

The Search Results page will be displayed, listing all records for works by authors living between the specified dates.

Pseudonym

You can search for items written under a particular pseudonym:

The Search Results page will be displayed, listing all items for articles written under that pseudonym.

Article title/Periodical title

You can search for items containing a particular word or words in the article or periodical title:

The Search Results page will be displayed, listing all items that match your search terms.

Periodical subject

You can search for items containing a particular word or words in the periodical subject:

The Search Results page will be displayed, listing all items that match your search terms.

Publication date

To list items published in a certain year/month or to search over a range of dates:

Note that if you wish to search for items published in a single year/month, you should enter the same dates in the From and To boxes.

Editor

You can search for a particular Editor:

The Search Results page will be displayed, listing all items that match your search terms.

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How can I change the number of results displayed per page?

You can choose whether to display 20 or 50 entries on the Search Results using the Display link; by default The Wellesley Index displays 20 records per page but you can change this to 50 by clicking the 'Display 50 records per page' link.

How can I bookmark the Search page?

Click the Durable URL link. A panel will open containing the durable URL for the page. You can then copy and paste the link into your documents and email, or paste it into a new browser address bar to add it to your bookmarks.

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Some search examples

Multiple words in search terms

If you enter multiple words into a search field, Wellesley will by default treat them as though they are connected with the Boolean operator AND, so that John Murray Edinburgh is processed as John AND Murray AND Edinburgh. You can override this using Boolean operators or quotation marks. For example:

TIP: All searches are case-insensitive, so you don't have to know whether a word should be capitalized or not. For example, there is no difference between trollope, Trollope or TroLLope.

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