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Australian Explorers has three search systems, each with it's uses, strengths and weaknesses. Depending on your needs, one or the other will suite you best.

Standard Search

You'll find the Standard Search box above the right side bar. This search box searches the whole site for exactly what you type in, up to a maximum of 20 characters.

Advanced Search

Upon searching with the standard search box, you'll be taken to the Search Results page where you'll find another search box that allows you to refine your search.

The most useful boxes to tick may be Categories and Articles.

Categories (for the purpose of this explanation) are are the titles and descriptions of whole journals or chapters, depending on the set out of the original work.

Articles are individual, daily journal entries and do not include other information on the page.

Google Custom Search Engine

The Google Custom Search Engine on the Australian Explorers website, searches only this website.

The shortcoming of this system is it's dependance upon Google's indexing of the site. At the time of writing (June 2011) 93% of the site's pages appear in Google's index.

Google indexes everything on the page except for a few minor things you won't need such as the Google ads. Using this search box makes an advanced Google search possible, restricting your search to a particular explorer, journal or chapter. It's also possible to exclude specified terms from your results.

Search Examples

"John McDouall Stuart - First Expedition" copied and pasted from a page into the Google Custon Search box and enclosed in quotes will restrict the search to the journal of Stuart's first expedition.

If you want to know about Stuart and the Aboriginal people on his first expedition, search on:

"John McDouall Stuart - First Expedition"+black OR blacks OR native OR natives OR aborigine OR aborigines

exactly as you see it. That will give you indexed results for the terms black, native and aborigine in both singular and plural form, as found in the journal of Stuart's first expedition. You'll find the (+) and (OR) search most valuable.

You can also use the (-) sign to exclude specified terms.

The Google Custom Search Engine gives only the first 100 results so you may need to further refine your search.

These advanced search methods also work with the normal Google search engine. Google is your friend!

Alternative Search for Long Pages

While most pages on the Australian Explorers website are short, a few are quite long, owing to the nature of the original text. Here's a work-around for Windows users:

*  Navigate on this website to the required page.

*  Copy the entire page or the relevant part of the page. Right click>Select All>Copy will copy the whole page including the navigation and more.

*  Open Microsoft Notepad. Start>All Programmes>Accessories>Notepad.

*  Place the cursor in the Notepad window and right click>Paste.

*  Be sure the cursor is at the beginning of the journal.

*  Edit>Find.

*  Type your search term into the "Find what" box and click Find Next.

*  You may need to drag the search box to the side so you can see the results.