How to search the place index


The place index contains index entries for places mentioned in our manuscript and archive collections.


The easiest way to search is to put something into the Free text fields box. This searches all types of placenames including country, region, county, city, village, hamlet, parish, village and site.


Site is used to index specific places of significance, such as country houses, churches, civic buildings or estates.


Region is used for broader areas, e.g. West Indies, Low Countries, or for places where the modern country did not exist at the time the document was created, e.g. Italy before unification.


When you have found the place you are looking for, click on the hyperlink labelled 'Click here to see linked Catalogue records', to retrieve a hitlist of all the catalogue records in which that place name has been indexed.


Search tips


Searching the catalogue free text fields may return better results than the indexes - not all collections have been indexed in detail.


By default the advanced searches will conduct an AND search on the word or words you have entered, e.g. if you enter University Park it will find every record in which both words, 'university' and 'park', appear. If you enter the words within quotation marks, e.g. "University Park" you will get results for the exact phrase.


An AND search is also assumed if you enter search terms into more than one field. So for instance if you entered University into the free text search, along with a date range 1200-1300, and the catalogue did not contain any medieval material, you would not get any results.


You can change the default criteria by clicking 'Refine Search Criteria'. There are three ways of refining the search option:

  • With all the words (Boolean search AND)
  • With at least one of the words (Boolean search OR)
  • Without the words (Boolean search NOT)


For wildcard searches, use * before, after or within your search term.


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