Quick Search
You can do a quick search by using the box at the top right hand side on the page. Simply type the word or words you wish to search on into the search box. Where more than one term is entered, the search will automatically retrieve records which contain all your terms. These terms may not always appear next to each other in the text. If you want to search for an exact phrase (so the words appear next to each other in the text), for example John Smith, enter the text with double quotation marks, "John Smith". For speed, the Quick Search option searches just the title and description fields in each catalogue record. These fields contain most of the text in each catalogue record but you should be aware this option will not search the Reference or any other field.

How is the information from a search presented?
The results of your search will be presented in five columns:
Reference: the unique code we use to identify a collection or document
Title: a brief summary of the record or name of its collection
Description: further important details about or contained within the document
Date: an exact date, estimated date or date span of the document or records
Archive Centre: the Cumbria Archive Centre which holds the collection or document - at Barrow, Carlisle, Kendal or Whitehaven

The total number of catalogue records retrieved will be given at the top of the display; if your search has retrieved more than 5 records, use the Next, Previous, Start and End links at the top of the screen to view all the records in your hitlist. You can toggle the search results box to see 5, 10, 20, 50, 100 or all your results on one page.

Please note that your search term(s) will not appear in the text displayed in the search results. Click on the Reference link to see the full catalogue record. Your search term(s) will be highlighted within the record.

How do I sort the records in the 'search results' hitlist?
By default, records in a hitlist are presented in Reference order alphabetically A-Z. However, you can also sort the records alphabetically A-Z by Title, Description or Archive Centre, or by Date (earliest-latest) by clicking on the appropriate column heading above your search results.

How can I find out more information about an entry displayed in the 'search results' hitlist?
Click on the Reference number link to see the full catalogue record. Click on the Reference number again if you then want to see the record in its hierarchical context (how it relates to other records in the collection) and to see other records in the same collection.

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