Gale Primary Sources - Searching

This tutorial covers basic and advanced search strategies for finding primary source documents within Gale Primary Sources.


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The easiest way

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to uncover primary source material

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is to perform a basic search

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using the search box found on the homepage

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and in the banner of most other pages.

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When more than one database or collection is available,

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you can search across multiple collections.

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First, select the database or collections you want to search

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and then enter a search term.

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Use advanced search to perform more complex searches.

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Simply enter your search term

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and then select the field or index that you want to search.

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Click Add Row to search multiple terms or fields.

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Check the Allow Variations checkbox

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to accommodate for spelling variations

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sometimes found in historical documents.

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Notice that you can limit your search by database

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if multiple databases are available.

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You can also limit your search by content type,

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by publication date, to a type of illustration,

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by document type, by language,

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by publication title, or by source library.

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The search returns results that meet your search criteria.

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Your search results are arranged by content type.

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Content types may include monographs,

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manuscripts, newspapers and periodicals,

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magazines, photographs, maps,

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images, and/or video.

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The number of results found for each content type

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is displayed.

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Click View All or select a content type

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to see all results for that content type.

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Use the Sort By option to sort your results by relevance,

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from newest to oldest, oldest to newest,

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or by document title.

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Use the Search Within Results box

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to further search within your results.

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You can also limit your search

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to results from a specific database,

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by language, by subject,

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by document type, by publication title

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or section for newspapers and periodicals,

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or by publication year.

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When viewing newspaper and periodical documents,

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click on the hyperlinked publication name

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to view publication details

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or access other issues from that publication.

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Click on a document thumbnail image or title

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to view the document.