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Note: The following is a guide to searching Brecht's Works in English: A Bibliography. For detailed information about database features, or if you need assistance using the database please see the database helpfile.

Keyword search (basic search)

Enter any keyword(s) into the empty search box and click on the search button beside it. Combining keywords using AND, OR or NOT is allowed here. Note that all fields will be searched for any and all of your terms. If you enter the words Willett or Bentley, you will obtain not only records where "Willett" or "Bentley" appear in the editor field, but also records for any items in the bibliography which were translated by these individuals.

Subject headings

This method allows you to browse an alphabetical list of genre designations in the bibliography. If you enter "poem", you will retrieve a listing of subjects beginning with poem and the number of poetry entries. If you click on the number, you will then retrieve all those poem records.

Guided search

This method allows you to specify which field(s) in the item record--name, title, subject (genre), date, and so forth--are to be searched for each of your terms. Use the drop-down menu's option "any of these" to apply 'or' between your terms; "all of these" to apply 'and' between your terms; and "as a phrase" to look for your terms as a phrase. Also, see below under Truncation character for helpful hints about looking for multiple forms of the same word (e.g., woman and women).

Record Display Formats

Retrieved records may be displayed in Brief or Full formats. Click on "Select View" under the query term(s).

About keyword searching

In both basic and guided searches, keywords may be entered as single terms, phrases, or combinations. AND, OR or NOT may be used to connect them, but AND is unnecessary. Typing in the words without connectors will have the same results as using AND. If you are linking more than one search condition, each should be placed within parentheses, or use the multiple fields in Guided Search (see below). If you would like to look for a specific phrase, you do not need to use quotation marks around the terms, but instead must use a proximity operator (see below). Here are some examples:

Keyword(s) Used Will retrieve the following
Louis Wery farm All records containing Louis and Wery and farm, not necessarily in that order
dance and voice All records containing BOTH terms
dance or voice All records containing EITHER term
(Zuni or Oneida) and voice All records containing either "Zuni" OR "Oneida" AND that also contain "voice"
(Zuni or Oneida) and (voice not sacred) All records that contain either "Zuni" or "Oneida" AND that also contain "voice" but NOT "sacred"

One useful strategy is to search using words that focus on the subject (genre) of interest, such as poem, then perform new searches by clicking on the translator name or citation from the records retrieved to retrieve more records with those same terms.

Truncation character

The asterisk (*) is a wildcard or truncation character; it will retrieve all variants of the root term to which it is attached or inserted. For example, searching for man* will retrieve man, man's, Mann, Manheim, etc. The character can also be inserted in the middle of a word to find varying forms or spellings. For example, searching for wom*n will retrieve women and woman and womyn.