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Lesley N. 02 Oct 99 - 01:49 AM
Susan of DT 01 Oct 99 - 08:27 PM
Joe Offer 01 Oct 99 - 08:01 PM
Gene 01 Oct 99 - 07:54 PM
MandolinPaul 01 Oct 99 - 07:49 PM
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Subject: RE: DT search tips
From: Lesley N.
Date: 02 Oct 99 - 01:49 AM

After all this time I discovered the use of brackets []!! I can't believe it took me this long - but what a time saver. I finally get three or four tunes that are close to what I want rather than 20 with just one of the words!

Of course Joe, if you'd written (click me baby) a couple of years ago I might have discovered it a lot sooner!

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Subject: RE: DT search tips
From: Susan of DT
Date: 01 Oct 99 - 08:27 PM

Yes, read the links above. Search for any distinctive word or phrase, but avoid proper names, which tend to vary with the version or the song, or words with multiple spellings/mispellings, such as bonny [bonnie, bonie] or words that are spelled differently by Brits and Americans. It usually pays to try a second search for a given song after the first one doesn't work - there is a lot of variations between versions and the words you chose to search for may not be in the one(s) we have.

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Subject: RE: DT search tips
From: Joe Offer
Date: 01 Oct 99 - 08:01 PM

Be sure to check the "DigiTrad Links" Max has provided in the blue DigiTrad search box. One important one is Digitrad Search Tips (click me, baby). I keep forgetting to do fuzzy searches, but they work very well (you'll find fuzzy search instructions if you thoroughly explore the link I provided....)
-Joe Offer-

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Subject: RE: DT search tips
From: Gene
Date: 01 Oct 99 - 07:54 PM

Using a WILDCARD [*]

Whisk* will find

[whisk] [whisky] [whiskey] [whiskers]

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Subject: DT search tips
From: MandolinPaul
Date: 01 Oct 99 - 07:49 PM

I've recently learned about using the @ with a topic (eg @union, @love) to find lyrics relating to a topic, and also putting square brackets around phrases to find that exact phrase.

Any other tips?

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