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The simplest way of starting your research journey with 19th Century Masterfile is to begin with a Basic Search:
The Advanced Search layout provides additional functions giving you the ability to narrow or broaden your search from the outset. To access, select “Advanced” next to the search box on the landing page.
Advanced Search functions:
19th Century Masterfile supports wildcard searching—i.e., searching for part of a word or phrase while leaving out certain letters. This can be useful in situations where you want to find different versions of the same word, or if the spelling of the entire search term is not known.
To perform a wildcard search, use an asterisk (*) in a search term in lieu of multiple characters. E.g., “automat*” to search for both “automatic” and “automata.”
Note: Boolean functions can be accomplished through Advanced Search options.
Default settings of the 19th Century Masterfile search engine are listed below, along with ways of broadening or narrowing searches:
The default search results display shows records broken out by source. There are several options from this point:
“Results per Page” dropdown – limits the number of results that appear on a single page.
“Sort Results” dropdown – sorts records by the following criteria:
“Export” dropdown – provides options to download records (see section below).
“Filter Results sidebar – filter your results by the following criteria:
“Learn More About the Sources” – opens a new tab to the resource descriptions on the content page.
19th Century Masterfile provides several options for researchers looking to download or email records, either en masse or selectively.
To download or email all records from a search, select the appropriate option from the “Export” dropdown and follow the prompts.
To download or email only specific records, first choose those you would like to save by selecting the folder icon to the far right of each record. Then select “View Saved Records” and choose the appropriate option from the “Export” dropdown on that page.