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To find items containing all the words:
John Quincy Adams
Simply type the words:
John Quincy Adams
To find items containing the exact phrase:
John Quincy Adams
Put the phrase in quotes:
"John Quincy Adams"
To find either of the words:
president, congressman
Type OR between the words:
president OR congressman
For more tips take a look at the search tips page.
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Search Tips

We've compiled a list of handy search tips to help you find what you're looking for with Elephind.com. Still having trouble? Contact us by email for help, or ask on the official Elephind.com facebook page.

Tips for searching using the main search box

All these tips work in the main search box, which appears near the top of every single page in Elephind.com, including the page you're looking at right now.

To find items containing all the words:
John Quincy Adams
Simply type the words:
John Quincy Adams
To find items containing the exact phrase:
John Quincy Adams
Put the phrase in quotes:
"John Quincy Adams"
To find either of the words:
president, congressman
Type OR between the words:
president OR congressman
To find items including the words "John" and "Adams" but not "Quincy":
Add a minus sign before words to exclude.
John Adams -Quincy
Searching for someone's name? Try a "proximity search" like "John Smith"~5
The ~5 part tells Elephind to find items containing both the words "John" and "Smith" where they are no more than 5 words apart. So as well as finding "John Smith" it will also find "John J. Smith", "John Frederick Smith", "John Fullerton-Smith", and even ""Smith, John".
Tips for searching using the advanced search tab

To access the advanced search tab simply click the green Advanced Search link to the right of the main search box.

To restrict your search to just one newspaper title use the Search all titles... box in the advanced search tab. Simply begin typing the name of the title you're interested in and Elephind will show you a list of titles that match. For example, begin typing Sydney in the Search all titles... box and Elephind will show you the list of titles containing that word. Click Illustrated Sydney News to select that title, then enter the words you want to find in the main search box, as normal. Elephind will find items in the Illustrated Sydney News that contain those words.
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