P Tagg's website information: SEARCHES

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I used to pay Atomz.com/Omniture (USA) real money to run a professional search facility that kept the blight of advertising away from this site.
They were taken over by digital dinosaur Adobe and no longer exist. Alternatives are more expensive and the site searches haven’t been updated since 2014.

NB. Many PDF files here exist also as dummy HTML versions which were much cheaper to index.
The top of those HTML files contain links directly to the relevant and correct PDF version.

Search tips

How to use the Search


What to enter in the search text box

Entering psychology will produce contextualised links to every file containing psychology or PSYCHOLOGY or pSycHOLogY, etc..

Entering psycho* will show links to every file containing psycho, i.e. Psycho, psychotic, psychologique, psychology, psychological, psycho-social, etc.

Entering semio* or sémio* shows links to pages containing semiotic, semiotics, semiology, semiological, sémiotique, sémiotiques, sémiologie, sémiologique, semiotik, semiotisk, semiotisch, semiotico, semiosis, sémiose, etc., etc., i.e. links to around 100 files —— not very useful!

Entering film music (no quotes) will show links to pages containing EITHER the word film OR the word music (pretty useless!) but entering "film music" (with quotes) will only bring up pages containing BOTH words consecutively: film music.

Entering semio* +manipul* +"film music" (see below) only gives links to a handful of pages.

Entering deadline musicology will provide you with links to files containing EITHER of the words deadline OR musicology but entering +deadline +musicology will ONLY display links to files containing BOTH deadline AND musicology.

Entering +prehist* +whale will show links to files containing BOTH prehistory, prehistorical etc. AND whale or whales .

Entering Bjornberg or BJORNBERG or Björnberg will provide you with links to files containing Björnberg or BJÖRNBERG.

Entering "flute indienne" or "flûte indienne" (with the quotation marks) will bring up links to files containing FLUTE INDIENNE or flute indienne or flûte indienne or FLÛTE INDIENNE, etc.

Entering "Tom Jones" (with quotes) will show links to files containing the two consecutive words Tom Jones — useful if you want to find references to Sir Tom, the great Welsh vocalist, or to the homonymous 18th-century English novel.

Entering Tom Jones (without the quotes) will show links to files containing any of the following: Tom or Jones or Tom Jones or Tommy Lee Jones or Tom Cruise or Uncle Tom's Cabin or tom-toms or toms or tommy guns or tomatoes or tomar or tömt or tomte or symptoms or Jonesville or Quincy Jones or S Jones (composer of Ghost Riders In The Sky) or Indiana Jones or Leroi Jones, or cojones, i.e. to anything containing EITHER Tom OR tom OR Jones OR jones.

What happens next

Clicking on the links displayed will take you to the top of the document in which your searchword(s) occurred. If you want to go to the exact place[s] in that document, hit Cntrl-F for 'Find' (HTML files) or hit the binoculars button (Adobe/PDF) and enter the text you want to see.

After you've finished searching, you can close the search results page, or use the Back button, or go to my home page by clicking on the icon on the left above the search results.

Be aware that your search may well send you to the dummy HTML version of a PDF document you wanted to access. If you want to know why this happens (sorry, it has to!), click here. In any case, when that happens, you can always click "View PDF version" at the top of the HTML file and view the document correctly.

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  • Make sure your search terms are spelt correctly (‘spelled correctly’ if you use US spelling, which I don’t. Why not? See Taggs Tips, 8.1, p. 56). The search engine will attempt to find words that sound similar your search terms, but it is always best to spell the search terms correctly.
  • Use multiple words when performing your search. More words for a search will return more refined results than a search from a single word.
  • Use similar words. The more similar words you use in a search, the more relevant results will be to the words that you are searching for.
  • Use appropriate capitalisation when looking for proper nouns such as the name of a person or place. Lowercase words will match any words of any case.
  • Use quotation marks around phrases to find words that must appear adjacent to each other within a phrase. For example, search for "film music" within quotes rather than just film music, "New York" rather than just New York.
  • Use Boolean plus (+) or minus () operators — Precede a search term or phrase with a plus (+) sign to indicate it must appear in a search result. Precede a search term with a minus () sign to indicate an undesirable search term or phrase that must not appear in a search result. For example, searching for +Abba -Fernando will refer only to writings containing the word Abba but not the word Fernando. +Abba +Fernando will return results only for texts containing both words.
  • Be aware that your search may well send you to an HTML file when you wanted to view a PDF document. If you want to know why this happens (sorry, it has to!), click here.

There's something wrong with a world in which you have to pay for the privilege of not being subjected to unsolicited commercial propaganda (‘advertising’). Still, it's even more ludicrous if you actually pay to advertise someone else's stuff on your baseball cap, T-shirt, trainers or website!

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