Brief guide to searching
There are two main ways to search the Catalogue, simple and advanced searching.


Simple search
The simple search is accessed via the “Google-style” search box in the top left hand corner of the CalmView page.


By default, the simple search will search across the Title and Description fields. Where more than one term is entered, the default is an AND search – i.e., the Catalogue will search for entries containing all of the terms that you have entered.


Advanced search
The advanced search enables you to perform “Any text Field” searches, and also to search specifically on certain fields


Refine advanced search criteria
By default, a search will look for the word or words you have entered. However you can choose to change the default search criteria by clicking the “Refine Search Criteria” option. There are three ways to refine the search option:


With all the words


With at least one of the words


Without the words



Wildcard searching

You can use the asterisk symbol * as a "wildcard" in any part of a word to widen your search. For example entering tunnel* will bring up tunnels, tunneling, tunneled, and tunnel. Entering *ground will bring up Underground, Overground etc. Adding an asterisk to the end of a word will allow you to search for both the singular and plural versions of that term, e.g. if you type marriage* into the search engine, you will find results for the words 'marriage' and 'marriages'. However, typing marri* will find results for ‘marriage’, ‘married’, and ‘marries’, because the asterisk is placed after the ‘i’.


Leicester Mercury Archive

Only a small proportion of the collection has been catalogued at present.

If you are wish to search for specific people or subjects in the Leicester Mercury Archive, try the following method:

  • Use Advanced Search
  • In all cases, type LMA* into the Document Reference Number field. This will ensure that your search will cover all of the catalogue records for the Leicester Mercury but none of our other catalogue records.
  • If you are looking for a file on a particular person, type their surname into the Title field box then click “Search”. If it is a common surname and you wish to narrow down to a particular first name, type the surname followed by a comma, then the first name into the Title field box. For example, “Armstrong, Neil”.
  • If you are looking for a file on a particular subject, type the subject into the Any Text box. This will ensure that you find all references to that particular subject in the catalogue records.

If you would like to browse all catalogue records within a particular subject field, such as Industry, try the following method:

  • Use Advanced Search
  • In all cases, type LMA* into the Document Reference Number field. This will ensure that your search will cover all of the catalogue records for the Leicester Mercury but none of our other catalogue records.
  • Type the general subject term into the “Any Text” box.
  • Click on the Ref No in any of the records displayed on the Search Results page. This will display that particular record. Click the number in the Ref No box and you will now see the catalogue records displayed as a “tree” so that you can browse the catalogue records for individual files within that overall general subject term.

If you would like to browse the Leicester Mercury Archive catalogue as a whole, try the following method:

  • Use Advanced Search
  • Type LMA* into the Document Reference Number field and the word “Fonds” (which means “collection”) into the Level field.
  • The Search Results page will give you a list of the different sections of the catalogue. Click on the number in the Ref No box and this will take you to that section’s catalogue record. Click again on the number in the Ref No box and you will see the tree view. The entries with a small + sign next to them have been catalogued; click on the + to open up that section of the tree and browse the records.
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