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I will be adding to this as I go and will probably post this in the forums too somewhere when I am finished, but for now I'll just start with this. I often get asked for tips on *how* to search/use this site and thought I could pass on some tips.


If you are a student or researcher or just reading for fun and are looking for a specific topic or need a quote from an author’s poem, short story, essay or novel, here are some tips on how to do it.

The search features on the site work best in Internet Explorer. If you are using Firefox I have made additional notes[1] because results can be different.

Advanced Search

If you don’t know the author or source of a particular quote or phrase or topic, you can use the Entire Site Search here:

Advanced Search

(You can also do specific Author searches from there and search the forums too)

From that page enter the word or phrase in the Entire Site Search text field. For example typing in ‘Orwell essay’ (no quotes) and clicking the button brings up over 140 results from the discussion forums and specific essays that Orwell wrote.

After clicking one of the links, in this case his essay on

Charles Dickens

which happens to be divided into six chapters, you can then do a search for a phrase or specific word(s) and that will give you links for the chapter they occur in. For example typing in the word “poor” brings up 5 results, and clicking on one of the links brings you to the highlighted word on that page, if you are using Internet Explorer.

[1] Note for Firefox users: If you are using the Firefox browser and click on one of the results links, the search word “poor” will not be highlighted. In that case you can then click on the menu option “Edit” in the very top left corner of the browser window, then “Find in this Page”. A search function appears at the bottom left of the screen and there you can again enter the word “poor” and it will highlight the word in the text and “jump” to it on the page. You can also use the “Next”, “Previous”, or “Highlight All” functions to get more results. You can also do this in Internet Explorer. It is very handy to use this when a specific chapter or poem is many screens long, it saves you all that scrolling for a word or phrase ]