Getting Started

General: Enter or select a search argument in a field below or more than one; then, press SEARCH at screen-bottom. 

SEARCH BY KEYWORD among annotations, abstracts, extended description: (requires no action symbols)

SEARCH BY TOPIC (select from pull-down categories)

  • Historical Period Assigned
  • Subject
  • Subject Descriptor
  • Historical Source Type

SEARCH BY AUTHOR OR “WORK TITLE” (wildcard works here)

Wildcard meaning:

  • Any set of characters entered in any field below the topic line will retrieve records for matches found anywhere in the specified field. This is a wildcard search driven by the “contains anywhere in the field” command. 
  • A failed search gives a “Search Again” option.  If you take this option, the search screen is not cleared of previous entries, yet you may clear it with the option at the top.  The screen is always cleared when you select return to Database Encounter Home at screen bottom.

NOTE: An effort to retrieve records randomly by relating unlikely category combinations (i.e., meaningless combinations) is likely to fail.

NOTE: For known names, recall that when a search includes middle names/initials these may not be present, causing a search failure, and surname entries will often retrieve all manner of names which include the entered character set. Diacritical accents (from many European languages) may cause variant spellings of surnames. The rule applied here is to ignore accent signs in the Last Name and First Name fields. (But search for both Muller and Mueller!) If you know a search argument in any European language, remember to try it; try it particularly in the annotations, abstracts, extended description field at the screen top.