How do I search a specific volume of a title in the Legal Classics or World Trials?

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In the Legal Classics and World Trials libraries, you may come across titles that have multiple volumes. Some sets are more extensive than others, but in any case, you may want to search only a volume or two rather than search across the entire set.

For example, we want to find references to fraud in the 7 volume set of “Treatise upon Some of the General Principles of the Law, Whether of a Legal, or of an Equitable Nature, including their Relations and Application to Actions and Defenses in General” written by William Wait. To search by volume number, you must construct your search using the Advanced Search option.

Open the Advanced Search option from within the Legal Classics library. First, try searching for just the term fraud, as outlined below.

Enter this syntax into the search box: text:fraud.  Highlight the title “Treatise upon Some of the General Principles of the Law, Whether of a Legal, or of an Equitable Nature, including their Relations and Application to Actions and Defenses in General” from the title listing. Click search. This will return over 140 results that match the term “fraud”.

Now, let’s narrow the search to look for the term in only Volume 2 of this set. To construct this search, we have to use the field name volseries to search for the volume number. Enter the following search query:

text:fraud AND volseries:2

Highlight the title from the title listing. Click search. This will return 17 results from Volume 2 of this set that contain the term “fraud”.

If you want to search multiple volumes you can add additional volumes to the query by using the OR operator and grouping the volume number fields with parenthesis. For example, let’s search for the term “fraud” across volumes 2 and 5 in this title by entering the following search query:

text:fraud AND (volseries:2 OR volseries:5) Highlight the title from the title listing. Click search. This will return 37 results across both volumes that contain the term fraud.

This same technique can be applied to the titles in the World Trials library as well. Go ahead and give it a try. If you have questions or would like us to illustrate a specific example in a subsequent post, let us know and we’d be happy to outline how to construct the search.

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