Using the Search Facilities
- As with Google, the search input will accept multiple words or phrases.
- Each word or phrase, separated by a space, will be treated as a distinct search term. The records returned will contain all the search terms submitted.
- Phrases should be enclosed by double or single quotation marks (e.g. "French Set" or 'foul biting').
- The wildcard character * can be used with single terms, but not within phrases. For example, ven* will find 'Venice' and 'Venus'.
- The search engine currently uses a 'stopword' list, meaning small common words are automatically ignored. So the inclusion of small words like 'the', 'be', 'are' and 'and' should be avoided unless they form part of a phrase.
- Search terms are treated as case insensitive.
- Words containing accented characters are treated as distinct within the index and the accented character will need to be included in the search input to find the same word in the record.
The 'freetext search in titles' option allows keywords (with wildcards) and phrases to be searched for that occur only in the various titles used in all catalogues (Glasgow, Kennedy, Mansfield, Thomas and Wedmore).
The 'filter by date' options allow the catalogue to be filtered either for etchings dating from a single year or a range of years. If a date range is submitted all etchings dated to a single year that fall within the range will be returned, but also etchings that are less precisely dated. In this situation etchings will be returned whenever the submitted date range overlaps with the range of years during which the etching is thought to have been created.
The results returned by the freetext and title searches use 'keywords in context' (KWIC) outputting. This displays each search term (highlighted in yellow) surrounded by a short section of text on either side of the term from where it is located in the record. Each KWIC result is grouped by catalogue entry and there may be several search results per record. Click on either the image or etching title at top to link to the complete record. The catalogue entry page will also highlight the selected search terms.