Browser Help System

How to Search

At first sight, the many ways of searching the catalogue may seem daunting. With a little practice however, it is hoped that these multiple avenues into the collection will benefit the widest possible number of research interests - not only people interested in the history of shopping and trade, but also those interested in the visual forms of communication.

Step by step guide to searching the catalogue:

1. To get a sense of the collection, click on Highlights and browse through a sample of the records (100 out of approx 700 items). To generate your own searches choose Simple Search (limited text field search - see below for how to search in this type of field) or Advanced Search.

2. In Advanced Search page review the fields available, and decide on your search criteria (for some suggestions see the sample searches below). To select more than one option within a field, press Ctrl whilst clicking on other options. Use the and /or / not fields if you would like to make combinations. However, the more complicated your search is, the less results you will get, so it would be worth starting out using only one or two fields. Looking at one record will also help you see what types of information has been recorded.

3. Keep in mind the three different types of search fields:
Drop down menus:Fields which have lists of terms from which you can select your search criteria Text fields: Where you can enter a word or words using Google style wild-card notation (see Google Search Page for full details) to enable full text searching of that particular field. This includes searching for any words in your search (quick brown fox); all words (quick +brown +fox); phrases ("quick brown fox"); excluding certain words (quick -fox) and proximity searching (several words no more than xx words apart), starting with (glas*). Date field: Always fill both the 'Start' and 'End' boxes. (If the end box is empty it assumes you are asking for everything from the Start date to today.) If you want a specific year e.g. '1622', enter this in both the Start and the End box. This will retrieve objects dated 1622 as well as objects which have been given a circa data five years either side of 1622.

If you would like to sort your records in a certain way, explore the drop down menu in the sort field at the bottom of the page.

5. When you are happy with your criteria, click Search.

6. Your results will automatically be displayed in Lightbox View mode. To change to other modes of viewing your results, explore the buttons at the upper right of the results window.

7. If you would like to explore the trade cards in more depth, please contact the collection staff at Waddesdon Manor. Information about acquiring images of the cards can be found on the introduction page.

Sample Searches

Simple:

Combined:

For more information on specific fields, see 'Field Notes'.