New search method for Place index

When you use the Place index search on the Full search form, your search is now carried out with right truncation. This means that, if you type in a place name without consulting the index to see the full form used in the Bibliography, you should usually obtain results. For example, 'Manchester' will now give results; you do not have to use 'Manchester (Lancashire)'. Also, searching for 'Manchester' will include other place names beginning 'Manchester', such as 'Manchester, diocese of' or 'Manchester (Lancashire), Portico Library'. This also means that, if you search for a county town such as 'Leicester', you will obtain results for the county of Leicestershire and places in it, as well as for Leicester itself, since the county name is an extension of the name of the county town. However, you can still consult the browsable index and use the full form of the name if you wish to search more precisely. For example, searching for 'Leicester (Leicestershire)' will limit your results to records about Leicester itself, although, as truncation is still in operation, your results will include places and institutions in Leicester identified by the Bibliography, such as 'Leicester (Leicestershire), University'. On the Search builder, you have the choice of using right truncation or of limiting your search to exact matches.

We have also changed the text associated with the Author and Person as subject fields on the Full search form, and with the truncated search of these fields on the Search builder, to include an example of the truncated search that you can use in these fields. However, searching of these fields operates in exactly the same way as before.

8 Apr 2006