You can search from the search box on the homepage, the search box on newspaper publication pages, or the search page, which offers advanced search options.
Using the Search box
Enter your search term/s in the search box and click on the Search button.
If you enter more than one search term, the search engine will retrieve articles containing all of your search terms. For example, new and plymouth.
If you would like to increase the number of search results, select "Any of your words", which will retrieve articles containing either new or plymouth.
If you would like to reduce the number of search results, select "Exact phrase" which will only retrieve articles containing "new plymouth".
You can also use the Boolean operator NOT ("without the words") to narrow your search results. For example, plymouth NOT new will retrieve articles about Plymouth but not New Plymouth.
Using the Search page
The search page contains more search options
Restrict your search to particular newspaper titles using the Newspaper drop-down box. Hold down the Ctrl key to select more than one title at once.
Restrict your search to a date range by selecting the desired day, month and year in the "From" and "To" drop-down boxes.
You can also restrict your search to one or more of 3 content types. The searchable content has been divided up into articles, advertisements and illustrations (the search engine searches the illustration captions). Hold down the Ctrl key to select more than one content type at once.
Show preview images
You can choose to display search results with preview images, which highlight the portion of the article which contains your search term/s. This is very useful way of quickly identifying items in which you are interested.
Because showing preview images can slow the loading of the search results, the default setting does not show preview images. You can enable this by turning on "Show preview images".
This lists your previous searches on Papers Past; if you click on the result link it will run the search again.
You can access your search history either by clicking on the "View your search history" link on the Search page or by selecting "Search history" on the Search drop-down list on the navigation bar.