C19: The Nineteenth Century Index

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The Search All Indexes page allows you to search across all C19 Index's collections for records based on specific criteria.

How do I find information quickly?

  • Enter the words you wish to search for in the Keyword box and click the Search button.

Note: Use the predefined operators if you wish to perform a search for multiple keywords which are not usually found next to each other in the same phrase.

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

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How do I restrict my search to a particular content type?

You can restrict your search to a particular content type or types (books, periodicals, official publications, archives, newspapers or reference) using the Search in check boxes. By default, Search All Indexes searches all content types.

For example, to restrict your search to periodicals and newspapers only:

  • Click the Books, Official Publications and Archives check boxes to deselect them.

  • Click the Search button.

The Search Results page will be displayed, listing all periodicals and newspapers records.

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How do I perform more complex searches?

You can perform more complex searches by limiting your search so that you retrieve more precise results.

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

Title keyword

To search across all content within C19 Index for all records that contain a particular keyword in the title:

  • Enter a keyword into the Title keyword box,
    or
    choose the keyword you want from the Select from a list page.

  • Click the Search button.

The Search Results page will be displayed, listing all records containing your chosen keyword in the title.

Note that you can use this field to search in the Headword field in records from the Dictionary of Nineteenth-Century Journalism.

Author

To search across all content within C19 Index for records by a particular or author:

  • Enter an author name into the Author box,
    or
    choose the author you want from the Select from a list page.

  • Click the Search button.

The Search Results page will be displayed, listing all records for items by the author you have chosen.

Publication date

To list items published in a particular year or range of years:

  • Enter the year you wish to search from in the From box.

  • Enter the year you wish to search to in the To box.

  • Click the Search button.

The Search Results page will be displayed, listing all items published in the year(s) you have selected.

Note that if you wish to retrieve items from a single year only, you should enter the same date in the From and To boxes.

Periodical title

To list records for all periodicals that contain a particular word or words in the title:

  • Enter a title into the Periodical title box,
    or
    choose the title you want from the Select from a list page.

  • Click the Search button.

The Search Results page will be displayed, listing all periodical records containing your chosen keyword in the title.

Note that if you enter a title into this field your search will be restricted to the records in the Periodicals content type. All the other Limit to check boxes except the Periodicals one will be de-selected to reflect this.

Periodical subject

To list records for all periodicals that relate to a particular subject:

  • Enter a subject into the Periodical subject box,
    or
    choose the subject you want from the Select from a list page.

  • Click the Search button.

The Search Results page will be displayed, listing all periodical records associated with your chosen subject.

Note that if you enter a subject into this field your search will be restricted to the records in the Periodicals content type. All the other Limit to check boxes except the Periodicals one will be de-selected to reflect this.

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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Examples and tips

If you enter multiple keywords e.g. coal mining into a search box they will be joined together by the Boolean operator AND e.g. "coal" AND "mining". This will return results containing both the word coal and the word mining.

To search for an exact phrase enter the words in quotation marks e.g. "fine arts".

If you wish to search for a phrase containing a reserved term such as and, or, not e.g. law and order you should enter the words in quotation marks e.g. "law and order".

You can use other Boolean and proximity operators to combine search terms or wildcard characters to include variations on a term.

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 london, London or LonDon.

How do I search across all content within C19 Index for all books and newspapers records published between 1850 and 1900 containing the word 'technology' in the title?
  • Click the Periodicals, Official Publications and Archives Limit to check boxes to deselect them and exclude those content types from your search.

  • Type the word 'technology' into the Title keyword box.

  • Type '1850' into the Publication date From box, and '1900' into the Publication date To box.

  • Click Search.

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