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Searching tips

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

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. There is no need to enclose it in " " marks.

Use regions to restrict searches: Most of the search forms have pull-down menus that allow you to specify specific areas, or regions, of a text to search in.

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

Related topics:

Simple search
Boolean search
Proximity search
Searching regions