How to Search the Database
END (Early Novels Database) has a faceted search interface that allows you to filter searches by selecting criteria such as title words (nouns, adjectives, persons, places, objects), publishers and publication information, aspects of authorship claims, paratextual essays, and narrative form. These facets appear in lists on the right side of the page. For example, END allows a user interested in two-volume novels to search for all such novels published between 1750 and 1800; it then allows that user to view the distribution of titles by each year of publication or to narrow the titles to a particular printer or publisher. The user might then closely examine the resulting individual records in order to isolate other kinds of information that could provide the basis for further relevant searches.
Begin with the search box: One way to begin the search process is to search for a keyword using the "Search Collections" box and then apply one or more of the facets to narrow down the list of results.
Begin with the facets: Another way to begin is to select a facet first, which will bring up all the novels in the collection that share that facet. You can then apply additional facets to narrow the results. At this time you can not use the "Search Collections" box to narrow further the result of a faceted search.
Search for related records from an individual novel page: Individual novel pages offer a checkbox list of customized facets at bottom right. To search for related novels, use the check box list to add or remove multiple facets.
About faceted searching
- Each selected facet will be displayed at the top of the list under "Currently Used Filters." Selecting an additional facet will run a search for a new criterion within the existing set of results, and, along with a new list of results, the facet options will change to reflect the records and facets available in the new results set.
- To see additional options for any given facet, click on the word "browse" or "view more" in that individual facet's box. This will bring up a list of all the options for that facet. Click on any facet to add it to your search criteria.
- To remove a selected facet at any stage in the process, click the red x-dot () next to that facet in the "Currently Used Filters" list at the top of the column.