There are million of pages of text in Eighteenth Century Collections Online — and every page can be searched by word or phrase. The dynamic search functionality identifies subtle differences in the actual text as it appeared in eighteenth century literature and allows researchers to find books, text and authors more accurately. So just as the eighteenth century redefined how books were received and studied, this advanced resource redefines how researchers access a century of the most influential works ever printed.
A search from the Home page allows a user to search across the author, title and subject fields, do a keyword search, or search across the text of the entire document, including the material in a keyword search.
A Keyword searches across the author, title, Library of Congress, subject headings and the chapter and sub-chapter headings captured in the eTable of Contents.
Researchers will like the Boolean search functionality of the Advanced Search. By combining or excluding search terms, on the entire text of the document, author, title, full text, front matter, main text, back-of-book indexes, publisher and place of publication, users can pinpoint their searches and have more targeted results than a Keyword Search.
A "fuzzy search" option expands the search to include words similar to search terms entered, thereby accommodating for spelling variations.
Think of a fuzzy search in terms of how similar one word is to another. To change a word into another characters can be added, deleted or replaced. A single degree is one change to one character. Two degree is changes to two characters, and so on up to four. The higher the degree, the greater margin of error, presenting the researcher with more results.
This search allows researchers to search by author names. Whether they browse the alphabetical listing or enter a specific name (and subject areas), users will be presented a list of works written by the desired author.
This search allows researchers to search by works names, subjects or browse an alphabetical listing of titles with the results list showing matching works
Researchers may click on the title field for any citation in the search results to access the work. Digital facsimiles, or images of the book's pages are presented and may be viewed on screen, saved (or marked) for later reference, printed and InfoMarked for future use such as reading lists or directing other researchers to this search.