The buttons on the left show the available search options. Clicking on Simple Search allows a search with up to two keywords. Choose a journal title from the drop down list, type in a word or phrase in one or both boxes, and press the "Search" button. Adding an "*" at the end of the term allows more matches, for example "cat*" would match cat, cats and cathedral.
Clicking on Fuzzy Searching will take you to the fuzzy matching search engine provided by Leeds University.
There are several ways of searching the journals. Full-text searching can be done via text which is automatically generated from the page images by an Optical Character Recognition (OCR) process. However, the process is not completely accurate. It may misread "Manchester" as "Manc~~ster" so a simple search will not always find an OCR word that that has been recognised even though it appears in the original journal. For this reason another search engine uses "fuzzy matching" techniques to improve search results. Fuzzy matching will find a string of letters that nearly match the search term.
Using fuzzy matching successfully needs thought and care to avoid confusing results. For example, a simple search for "Manchester" will find Manchester, but a fuzzy search may return Manchester, Manc~~ster, Mansfield and Worcester.
Other complementary search methods are to search on manually typed index terms, or a table of contents. These methods will be available at a later date.
Please note that both the Oxford and Leeds interfaces are experimental. The Oxford interface will be updated continually, and more facilities will be added soon. Your comments are very welcome, and may be submitted to the respective Project Officers, Thaddeus Lipinski at Oxford and Bill Jupp at Leeds.