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Help: Quick Search

The Quick Search box on every page allows you to perform a keyword search across all records and full text, where full text is available, in FIAF:

To narrow the scope of your search you can join together your search terms using special sets of predefined words called operators. Boolean, proximity and truncation searching provides more information on how to use these operators.

TIP: FIAF will automatically look for variant spellings of certain common words in English; for example entering theater will also return results containing the word theatre. This feature can be over-ridden by enclosing the keyword in double-quotes e.g. "theater".

TIP: All searches are case-insensitive, so you don't have to know whether a word should be capitalized or not. For example, there is no difference between Howl's Moving Castle, or howl's moving castle.

The results of your quick searches are displayed on a Quick Search Results page. This page gives you access to all the records and full text in FIAF containing your search term(s). The results are displayed by dataset category e.g. Index to Film Periodicals, Treasures from Film Archives etc. A reminder of what you searched for is included at the top of the page. There is also a list of links which indicate how many records from each of the datasets have been retrieved; you can jump to a category by clicking a link.

NOTE: You can use the Quick Search box to find a particular article if you know its accession number (e.g., F200640580).

Saving searches

You can store a search in the Saved searches area of My Archive for use at a later date by clicking the Save search terms to My Archive link. You will be prompted to give your search a name to identify it easily in the list of saved searches. If you are not already logged in to My Archive, you will be prompted to do so.


Selecting records

You can select individual entries in the Quick Search Results page to transfer them to the Marked List:

To select all entries on the quick sarch results page and transfer them to your Marked List check the box labelled 'Mark all records/Clear all records' at the top of the page.

Any records you have in your Marked List will be displayed with a dark green background and have the box under them checked.

You can click the Marked List link to view the current entries in your Marked List.



You can jump straight to the results for one of the five datasets by clicking the corresponding link at the top of the results page.


Displaying the full record

To view the full record for an item in the list of results, click the title.


Viewing the complete results for your search

The Quick Search Results page only lists the first five records retrieved by your search for each dataset. If your search retrieved more than five records for a dataset a More results link will appear below the relevant list. Click on this link to view the full list of results for your search on the Index to Film Periodicals Search Results, List of Periodicals Search Results, Treasures from Film Archives Search Results, Document Collections Search Results, or FIAF Affiliates' Publications Search Results page respectively.