Search Tips

You can search for articles in two ways: a standard Search or an Advanced Search, which offers additional search options.


To perform a standard search, simply enter your keyword(s) or search term into the search box, either on the homepage or the Search page and click ‘Search’.

You will be presented with a list of search results which you can narrow down by selecting options from the menu on the left-hand side of the page. Use the facets to limit your results by article type, publication date, publication geography, newspaper title or tags.

Advanced Search

An advanced search offers a more comprehensive and detailed set of search options. Fill in as few or as many of the following options:

All of these words: all search terms you enter in this box will be searched for.

Some of these words: some of the search terms you enter will be searched for. We use a minimum match (mm) formula to ensure that you get the most relevant results. Depending on the number of keywords that you enter into this box, the search system will try to find the following:

Without these words: exclude these terms from your search.

Phrase: search for words that appear together in an article. This will search for the occurrence of your search words together in the order that you type them. This works well when searching for a forename, surname combination. e.g. searching for "joe bloggs" will give results where the two words are located together, rather than the occurrence of separate occurrences of 'joe' and 'bloggs' in an article. 

PLEASE NOTE - the search engine ignores common words and characters known as stop words. These include most pronouns. The search engine automatically disregards such terms as "where", "on", "and", "the", and "how", as well as certain single digits and single letters. We have chosen to exclude stop words as they can significantly slow searching. We are continually looking at ways to improve the search system.

TIP: Searching for a name? If you are looking for a specific forename/surname combination, a company name or any other multiple ordered word searches we suggest using Phrase search in the advanced form. This will bring you the most relevant results (well, the most specific!). This is because the search engine looks for the word coordinates which are closest together on a given page or in an article (rather than just giving you separate instances of those words). You can also carry out a phrase search using double inverted commas around your search in the basic search box on the homepage. e.g. "Joe Bloggs".

Region: use this dropdown to limit your results to region of publication.

Date range: enter dates in the ‘Date From’ and ‘Date To’ boxes to restrict you results to a date range. Alternatively, only fill in one box to search for results on a particular date.

Article type: use this checklist to limit your results to particular types of content, e.g. article, advertisement, family notice.

Tags: search by Tags that other users have added to articles.

Front page only: tick this box to limit your results to articles that appear on the front page only.

Your search results will appear in order of relevance, with the most relevant results first.

To clear your search form and start again, click the ‘Clear’ button.

See Your Search Terms in the Results

Every search result lists the first occurrence of your search term within the newspaper article or page to display how your search terms are used in context on that page. In the excerpt, your search terms are displayed in bold text so that you can quickly determine if that result is from a page you wish to view.

Searching for Words That Are Hyphenated or Contain Punctuation

Hyphens: To search for hyphenated names or phrases, remove the hyphen from the name and try to combine both words, e.g. parkersmith rather than parker-smith. You can also search for the name as a phrase – just replace the hyphen with a space, e.g. parker smith. This will ensure you get results where the electronically translated text has not recognised the hyphen.

Punctuation: To search for names or phrases that include punctuation, remove the punctuation from the name to make it all one word, e.g. oleary rather than O'Leary. You can also try searching with a space where the punctuation would normally appear, e.g. o leary.