The Keyword search box allows you to search an index of every word in the Proceedings, to build complex phrase searches, and to use AND/OR operators to limit your search. One and two letter words and some short and common words have been excluded from these indexes in order to increase search speeds. These include:
and, any, are, but, can, did, etc, far, few, for, get, got, had, has, her, him, his, how, inc, its, let, ltd, may, nor, not, one, our, out, own, per, saw, say, see, she, sub, sup, the, too, try, two, use, via, viz, was, way, who, why, yes, yet, you
Using Keyword Radio Buttons
Below the Keyword search box there are four radio buttons. These allow you to incorporate Boolean Operators (And, Or), and to define a Phrase. You can also opt for an Advanced setting that allows you to use the the full search syntax available through MySQL, the search engine used to implement these facilities. See the What's This help text for details about using the Advanced radio button.
The default setting for the Radio buttons is And, so a search including more than one word produces texts in which all words appear. This is particularly useful for limiting your searches.
In contrast, choosing the Or button below the search box allows you to widen your search to include variant spellings or a collection of related words. You might, for instance, search for Moorgate Mooregate Moregate, with the Or radio button selected, in order to capture different spellings.
You can also choose the Phrase radio button. With the Phrase radio button selected all the text in the search box is treated as a single precise phrase, including one and two letter words and words on the Stop List.
Finally, you can select the Advanced radio button, which allows you to use wild cards, boolean operators, and more complex syntax in combination. Please read the associated What's This help text for details on how to apply these functions.
A limited Wild Card (*) function is available with the Advanced radio button.