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A Guide to Searching


All users have free access to the re-keyed text of the newsbooks. Those accessing the site from an institution with a JISC Historical Texts subscription will also see a digitised reproduction of the relevant newsbook in the parallel window. 


Limit the chronological range of your results by clicking: 


If you are looking to read a particular newsbook issue, or work with the all of the available issues of a particular title, use the “Browse” function on the search homepage.

Some Search Protocols

“Duke+Buckingham” will search for 'Duke' and 'Buckingham' 


"Duke of Buckingham" will search for the phrase 'Duke of Buckingham' 


“Buck*” will perform a wildcard search for words beginning with 'Buck', such as 'Bucks', 'Buckingham' and 'Buckinghamshire' 


“Sheffield~1” will perform a fuzzy search for words somewhat like Sheffield. So variants and misspellings such as 'Shefield' and 'Sheffeild' will also be returned. The 1 can be replaced with a higher number to make the search even fuzzier. 


“Duke+-Buckingham” will search for Duke and not Buckingham 


The default if more than one term is specified without an operator is or. So “Duke Buckingham” will search for 'Duke' or 'Buckingham'


Working with Your Results

Clicking the icons alongside your search results enables you to include or exclude an item from your search. It also allows for further refinement of results by date, newsbook issue, and newsbook title.


If you wish to contextualise your search results still further, by, for example, reading a run of issues of a particular newsbook, or viewing the title page of the current issue, click the links following at the top of the page: 


The “sign in” feature at the top of page – using a standard Google account – allows you to save searches and annotate your results.

Where [unr] is returned in the text of your results, this means that the facsimile text was unreadable at point of re-keying.


Adding an Annotation

Using the 'Add annotation' link, you can make your own annotations on particular newsbook issues and organise those notes in different folders.


Making a Correction

If you spot a transcription error, you're invited to correct it and save your correction using the user-correct function . Since this free resource is maintained by its users, we ask you always to describe any corrections that you make.