How to Search
How to search for the characters thorn <þ>
or yogh <Š>
- Thorn is represented as <þ> which is reproduced
by holding down the 'Alt' key and typing 0254 (Alt + 0254).
- The Anglo-Saxon character yogh is represented as <Š>
which is reproduced by holding down the 'Alt' key and typing 0138
(Alt + 0138).
- Different browsers and operating systems may or may not display and/or
search for the yogh character.
- Or copy and paste these characters into the search field from the
Any of the words or All of the words search
- Enter a word or list of words to find them.
For example, put in: noble baroun to find all instances
of noble and all instances of baroun.
- Use quotation marks around phrases.
For example, put in: "noble baroun" to find all instances
of the phrase noble baroun.
- Use 'Next Hit' and the other buttons on the top toolbar
to navigate between the search results.
- Boolean searching makes it possible to specify proximity.
For example, put in: gret w/5 renoun to find all instances
of grete which occur within 5 words of renoun.
Or, put in: Gij w/5 "gret renoun" to find all instances
of Gij which occur within 5 words of the phrase gret renoun.
- Use 'w/10', 'w/15' or 'w/20'
to search for within 10, 15 or 20 words.
- Search terms may include the following special characters:
||Matches any single character. For example, a search for m?che
will find moche, meche, miche, myche,
||Matches any number of characters. For example, a search for loue*
will find loue, loued, loueþ, louest,
louedest, louen etc.
- Check the Stemming box to include grammatical variants
in your search. However, be warned, as dtSearch has
been designed for use with Modern English, only Modern English forms
will be found. For example, a search for play with the stemming
box checked would find play, playe, playes, plays,
played, playing, playinge, playinges but
would not find playeþ, playeth, playande, playinde
- Fuzzy searching enables you to search for variant spelling forms
of a word. Check the Fuzzy Searching box then select the level of fuzziness
from 1 to 10 using the character %. The number of % characters you add
determines the number of differences dtSearch will ignore when searching
for a word. The position of the % characters determines how many letters
at the start of the word have to match exactly. For example,
||Word must begin with m and have at most one difference
between it and ichel. So, would find: miche, mechel,
||Word must begin with m and have at most two differences
between it and ichel. So, would find all the above plus: meche,
muche, middel etc.
- Phonic searching looks for a word that sounds like the word you are
searching for and begins with the same letter. To ask dtSearch to search
phonically, put a # in front of the word in your search request.
For example, a search for: #speke will find spac,
speche, spak, speke etc, but also schippes,
spouse, spies etc.
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