Using Google Advanced Search

Another powerful search technique is to use the advanced search options of a search engine such as Google as this will include any pdfs that are on the website that are accessible by the any visitor to the website (but not any pdfs only accessible to members).

Like most software that is powerful it takes time to master. To try it out follow the steps below: Click here to open the Google advanced search page.  This will open in a separate tab or page. There area  lot of options but the simplest way to search the BAHS website is to follow the guidance below.
1) To restrict the search to the BAHS website in the field ‘site or domain:‘ enter bahs.uk
2) In the field ‘this exact word or phrase:‘ enter the search term you want enclosed in speech marks. e.g. “Innkeepers and Blacksmiths of Blakeney“. Whilst this search example contains a long phrase it is better to start with a shorter phrase.
3) now click on the button ‘Advanced Search

Naturally, getting the most out the Google advanced search option requires a study of the options available and trying them using search terms for which you have a good idea of the results expected (as the example search above “Innkeepers and Blacksmiths of Blakeney” did). Whilst the above descriptions focuses on this website the techniques apply to searching any website.

Some pdfs may have been created using images where any words in the image are not recognised as words but are just part of the image. For these pdfs a text search will not be successful and the search engines are unlikely to index what appears to be text in the pdf.

p.s. In part the steps above introduce you to google’s advanced search page whilst only making use of one of the features – the ability to restrict a search to a specific website. This can be done in the normal google search by using the keyword site:.  Just entering the search:

site:bahs.uk “Innkeepers and Blacksmiths of Blakeney”