Search Annotations by Category
Search by Subject, Person, Organization or Controversy
There are two different ways you can search the annotations for the categories you are interested in. You can display results from one category only, or you can combine or limit results based on multiple category selections.
Display Results from One Category Only
Combine or Limit Multiple Categories
You can obtain results for different combinations of categories by clicking the COMBINE button.
For example, clicking the checkboxes next to “Twain, Mark” and “Polemic Sources,” then clicking the COMBINE button will display all annotations that relate to “Twain, Mark” and all annotations that relate to “Polemic Sources.” The more checkboxes you select, the more results you will get.
You can limit the results to annotations that only have a certain combination of categories by clicking the LIMIT button.
For example, clicking the checkboxes next to “Twain, Mark” and “Polemic Sources,” then clicking the LIMIT button will display only those annotations that have been tagged with both “Twain, Mark” and “Polemic Sources.” The more checkboxes you select, the fewer results you will get.
Trying to get too specific with a limit query can easily mean you end up with a null result.
For example, a majority of annotations relate to Mary Baker Eddy, so running a limit query using “Mary Baker Eddy” with one or two other categories / keywords will probably yield several results. But only a few dozen annotations relate to “Independent Christian Scientists,” and only around 10 relate to “Church Architecture.” So a limit search for those two terms will not yield any results, since no annotations relate to both “Independent Christian Scientists” and “Church Architecture.”
For the best results in finding a very specific result, we suggest using the advanced search, starting by selecting just one or two categories (subjects, people, organizations or controversies) and then adding your limiting factors one at a time.
Additionally, you can use the standard search function to look for several specific terms embedded in the annotation text itself using simple syntax (and, or).