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What is the Search History page? | Running a search
Refining a search | Clearing searches | Combining searches


What is the Search History page?

The Search History page records all the searches you have run during the current session. It allows you to run searches again, refine them, combine them with other searches or delete them from your list.

Note that the searches on the Search History page are only retained for a single session so that any information recorded there will be lost once you exit Digitale Bibliothek Deutscher Klassiker.

Click the Search History button in the toolbar of Digitale Bibliothek Deutscher Klassiker to open the Search History index.

Search histories are listed separately for each type of search in Digitale Bibliothek Deutscher Klassiker e.g. All Sections, Literary, Non-Literary etc. Each search type appears as a hyperlinked heading on the Search History index indicating the number of records in the list.

Click a heading to view a list of the searches you have run of that type. The heading for the current list is highlighted in lilac in the Search History index at the top of the page; if you want to view a different list click the relevant heading in the Search History index.

Note that only the terms of your search are recorded, not the results of the search itself.

Each entry in the list consists of:

  • a number to indicate the position of a search in the list - the most recent search history is displayed at the top of the list. (The first search carried out during the session will always be number 1).
  • the terms that make up your search
  • a Refine link
  • the number of results retrieved by the search.
Running a search
  • Click the underlined search terms for the search you want to run.
    The results of the search will be displayed.
Refining a search

You may want to change elements of a search to widen or narrow the scope. Instead of having to enter your search terms all over again, you can use the Refine link.

  1. Click the Refine link corresponding to the search you want to alter.
    The search page, along with all the search terms you originally specified, is displayed.

  2. Edit the terms you want to change and click the search button to run the search with your revised terms.

Note: It is not possible to refine a previously combined search - combined searches are displayed in the list without a refine link.

Clearing searches
  • Click the Clear these searches link to remove all searches from the current list.
Combining searches

You may wish to combine previous searches from the Search History list and see how it affects the number of results retrieved:

  1. Type the numbers of the two searches into the Combine Searches boxes.
  2. Select the required Boolean operator (AND, OR, NOT) from the dropdown list.
  3. Click the Combine Searches button to run the new search.
    When the search is complete the results page will open.

Note it is not possible to combine searches of different types. E.g. You cannot combine a Literary search with a Diaries search.

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