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Getting started - search results

Your search results are returned in a chronological list. If two texts in your results list were published in the same year, those two texts will be listed alphabetically.

Results details

Below the bibliographic information, you will find a link to the "Results details". Following the hotlink, you will see an indented list of section headings, which appear in blue. These headings are attached during the encoding process to mark divisions within the text. They all function as hotlinks. The further indented a section title is, the closer it will be to a highlighted occurrence of your search term.

For all searches except those listed below, your search term will appear, highlighted in yellow, within a Keyword in Context (KWIC) section of text that appears underneath these divisions. To see more of a return that interests you, click on the section that appears directly above the KWIC.


The KWIC screen will show you the words that appear in the note, placing the note in the midst of the text that the author attached it to and setting the words of the note off in brackets. When you click on the hotlinked division, however, you will not see the words of the note on your screen. Instead, you will be sent to the main text that the author made the note about. Notes are marked in the main text with hotlinked asterisks. To find the note that you read on the KWIC screen, you will need to find the red asterisk. All other notes appear in blue, and they can be read if you click them.

Lines, Pages, Paragraphs, Stanzas

Because these terms describe the external form of the text, searches restricted to these categories will not show the keyword in its context. Instead, you will see a series of poem titles, which are hotlinks to those verses. Then, to the right of those links, you will see a report on the number of hits within that section. Clicking on the hotlink will then show you the occurrence of that search term, which will be highlighted in yellow.

Letters, Plays, Stanzas, Section and Work Titles

These searches send you to hotlinks, but they do not give you KWICs, nor do they give you a count of the number of occurrences in a particular work.

Table of contents

Underneath the bibliographic information, you will see a hotlink entitled "Table of contents". Clicking on this button will generate an outline of the work, showing you all the section titles that have been labeled during tagging. Each item in the table of contents list is a hotlink, so if you see a heading that interests you, you can click on it and explore that section directly.

Add to bookbag

You can set aside any work for separate searching by clicking on the "Add to bookbag" option that appears under the bibliographic information. That text will then be set aside in a separate section, called a Bookbag, which you can open by clicking on the Bookbag tab at the top of the page.

You can use your Bookbag to search just within one text, or to create a subset of texts to search as a group. Basic, Boolean, and proximity searches can be performed in the Bookbag. At the moment, you cannot save the contents of your Bookbag to return to them later, but this may be available in the future. You can, however, save the citations that appear in the Bookbag, downloading them onto your computer or emailing them to yourself.

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