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Annual Register: Searchable Fields

Look Ups and Browsable Indexes

The Annual Register offers three Look ups or browsable indexes so you can easily find spelling or format variations. You can find the Look up links in the advanced search page and they are available for the following searchable fields:  subject, person, and locations. For a description of these fields, please see the searchable fields table to the right. 

Note: Look ups are also available from the Command Line search (through the Look up terms link).

To use and locate a Look up or browsable index, select the field from the advanced search pull-down menu. If a Look up is available, under the search row you will see a link to theLook up. Other Look ups and browsable indexes will be listed in the Limit To section of the advanced search page.

Select the Look up link and then you will see a browsable and alphabetical index for that field. There are some indexes that will not display an alphabetical list before searching for the term, rather you will have to enter a term first, and then the alphabetical list of matches will display.

Once you locate the index term that you would like to add to your search, mark the item, and then click the Add to search button. The index term will now appear in the advanced search form along with the appropriate pull-down menu selection.

Searchable Fields

Field Name


Search Examples & Explanation

All Fields


ALL("European Union")

ALL searches for keywords in the citation and abstract. It is a full record search, but does not include a search on the full text.




AU(Smyth, Liam Laurence)

Use to find documents written by a particular author. Try searching on both the full first name and initials in order to retrieve all publications by a specific author. Can be searched as (last name, first name) or (first name last name).

Document Text



Search for keywords in the body of the article.

Document Title


TI(Third Salisbury Administration)

Locates the occurrence of search words in the title of the article.



LOC("Abyssinia, East Africa")

Search for a specific geographic area or location.




Search within the notes field for specified text.



PER("G. Colman, dramatist")

Use to find articles about a person.

Subject Heading(All)



Use the subject search field to look for articles about a specific subject.A search for the subject heading “accidents,” will find articles with the subject accidents, accidents (mining), accidents (railway), accidents (shipping), and more. To run an exact subject search where only “accidents (railway)” is retrieved and not subject terms that contain additional terms, search using EXACT.

SU.EXACT("accidents (railway)")