Help (Introduction)

The TLG search engine allows you to search our texts in various ways, and to retrieve information in the way that best suits your needs.

To do a search, follow these steps:

  1. Specify the texts you want to do your search on. If you want to do a search on the entire corpus, skip to step 3 by selecting Full Corpus: Simple on the sidebar.

    You can select either particular authors (the default; Search by Author on your sidebar), particular works (Search by Work), or particular publications the texts have appeared in (Search by Publication). In each search page, you are presented with text fields, where you can type in text to search for, or selection lists, where you can select one or more options. For instance, if you type Apoll in the Name field in Search by Author, and select Med. and Rhet. in the Generic Epithets field, you are requesting all the authors whose names contain Apoll and who are either medical or rhetorical writers. Note that names of works and authors are stored in Latin, not English or Greek; thus, the Iliad is stored as Ilias, and John Chrysostom as Joannes Chrysostomus.
  2. Once you have made your query, the search engine returns all the matching authors or works, with bibliographic details on each. You may search all retrieved items by pressing Search all texts, or click the checkboxes of the items you are interested in, and press Search selected texts. If you have searched authors, you can click on Show works for any given author to select and search through that author's works instead.

  3. You are now presented with the Simple search form. Here you type in (in Beta Code by default) the text you want to search for. You can select various options on how the search is to be displayed: number of lines of context per page, number of instances per page, and so on.

  4. You can carry out your search in two ways. If you press Word Index, the search goes through the index we have compiled of all the word forms in the corpus. The text you have typed in is treated as a prefix of possible words to look for. (You can use space to terminate the word you are looking for.) As long as a reasonable number of word forms begin with this prefix, you will then be presented with a list of all such word forms present in the texts you are searching through. You can select the word forms to actually search, or have the search engine search through all the found word forms.

  5. If you press Textual Search, on the other hand, the search does not use the word index, but goes through the actual text files, character by character, to find the text you have specified. This text will be found anywhere in a word, and can even span across words. (Space can be used to indicate the beginning and end of words.) However, such searches are going to be significantly slower than word-index searches, particularly for the full corpus.

  6. The search engine then returns its results to you one page at a time. You need to press Next Results to view the next page of results. Each result is displayed with information about the text it was found in, where in that text it was found, and any peculiar text symbols it has found. If a search times out (would take more than ten seconds), the search engine stops and asks you whether to continue its search, or display the results it has found so far.

  7. To specify more complex searches, you should use the Advanced search page. In particular, you can specify contextual searches, i.e. words in the vicinity of other words, and wildcard searches, so that you can make more general specifications of the kinds of text to search for.

Simple Search | Advanced Search: General | Advanced Search: Proximity searches | Advanced Search: Wildcard searches | Canon information & Display | Font configuration | Specifying words to search for

Created: 2000-2-27
Last Modified: 2001-2-27
Authored by: Nick Nicholas
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