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The simplest way of starting your research journey with Eight Centuries 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:
Eight Centuries 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 Eight Centuries 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:
Where possible, 8C search results contain links to full text or other metadata available online. These links appear as icons present within individual records in the search results.
Sometimes a record may include more than one full text icon from the same source. This occurs when the underlying record contains multiple links, and could indicate multiple full text formats, multiple versions of the item, or provide access to an additional metadata page. This is entirely dependent on the source.
For example, a record of a particular Public Law from the Government Publishing Office (GPO) in Eight Centuries may include links to both the HTML and PDF versions of the text on the GPO website. Records in the Library of Congress Multimedia Collection often contain discrete links to each copy of a particular item in their collection, e.g., links to their records of the microfilm, transparency, and digital copies of one item.
For best results, open each link in a new tab or window to scroll through available content.
“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:
Eight Centuries 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.