Search Help for Printed Works
The search fields are not case-sensitive, and they require no punctuation except periods with initials. Diacritical marks and ligatures should be entered as plain text: André as Andre; Athenæum as Athenaeum.
Date: The Date field applies to publications only. Searches can only be made by year. Enter dates in the form of YYYY. To create a range of dates, fill in the fields both to the left and the right of the hyphen. Entering 1855 - 1934 returns all entries from the start of 1855 through 1934. Entering 1855 - 1855 returns all entries with an 1855 date.
Name: Search this field for authors, editors, compilers, illustrators, etc. Enter surnames and given names in any order: Smith George and George Smith generate the same results. Entering Smith alone returns all Smiths. Entering George alone returns all Georges. A surname or given name that constitutes part of a longer name returns the longer name as well. The more words that are entered, the narrower the search results. The Brownings: For Elizabeth Barrett Browning, any combination of Browning, E.B. with or without the comma, and with one initial or both, will return all of her entries. For Robert Browning, any combination of Browning, R. with or without the comma will return all of his entries. Remember to include periods with initals. To see a list of names click on the List button to the right of the Name field. To save typing, a name can be dragged and dropped from the list into the Name field.
Role: Click on the drop-down button to search by Author, Editor, Compiler, Illustrator, etc. Leaving the field blank returns all.
Title: Search this field for titles of articles, periodicals, books, multi-volume editions, etc. Entering words in any order will return all titles containing those words (and forms of them). Entering book returns all titles containing “book”; this includes The Ring and the Book, as well as Bookseller and “A Box of Books.” The more words that are entered, the narrower the search results.
Entry Number: All entries are preceded by a number with the letter prefix “P.” This field is useful for tracing cross-references; enter the number as it appears.
Sorted by: When only one field is filled, the sort order defaults to that field, except in the case of Role, which defaults to name. When more than one field has been filled, the sort order defaults to Entry Number order. To change a search result sort order, select an option from the drop-down list.