What are acceptable searches?

Simple search

The search box produces a simple search, and looks for the search term within the title and description fields only. It is accessed via the “Google-style” search box in the top right hand corner of the CalmView page.

  • The simple search term needs to be exact. For example, searching for ‘school’, will not find records that only contain the word ‘schools’, and searching for ‘schools’ will not result in records which only contain ‘school’.
  • The simple search does not recognise searches by a phrase e.g. “River Tay”. Whether or not you use quote marks, the search results will include records which have River Tay as well as River and Tay.
  • If you use two random words, e.g. farm and house, the search results will only list records which contain both words.
  • If you type in a year, e.g. 1777, the search results will include all records whose covering dates includes that year, e.g. 1609-1800.
  • If you type in a date e.g. 18 March 1873 or March 1873, the search results will include all records whose covering dates includes the year, and which contain either March or 1873.

Type the word you wish to search for into the box and click the Search button.

Advanced search

The advanced search enables you to choose and combine fields to search in. You can also use quote marks to search by phrase eg "Elizabeth Glass".

Any Text

This field allows any combination of text to be entered and will find all records with your search item(s) included in the text. e.g. by entering the search ‘school’ the database will search for all records with the word ‘school’ appearing in them.

Ref No

Enter the full archive collection reference number e.g. CC1/5 for a description of Perth County and Perth and Kinross County education records or CC1/5/7/128 to find Glendoick Public School Log book.

Note that you can use an asterix to find all records under a broad reference number e.g. CC1/5* to see all the records that fall under this part of the collection.

Title

Enter the title of an item here to search the title fields in the catalogue. This will usually be the name of a collection eg Rossie Priory. If you are unsure of the name of a collection, please use the “Any Text” field.

Description

Enter text here to search the description fields. If your search is unsuccessful try the “Any Text” field.

Date

If you type in a year, e.g. 1777, the search results will include all records whose covering dates includes that year, e.g. 1609-1800.

If you type in a date e.g. 18 March 1873 or March 1873, the search results will include all records whose covering dates includes the year, and which contain either March or 1873. The date search cannot be refined.


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