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Understanding your search results

Once you have performed a search, Essex Archives Online (EAO) will display any matching results.

The results list will include the document reference code, the first few lines of the catalogue description, and the date of the item.

Click on an item to view its full description. You can then order the item to view in the Essex Record Office Searchroom.

  1. How to tell if an image of the document is viewable
  2. Navigating search results
  3. Saving searches
  4. Favourite documents

1. How to tell if an image of the document is viewable

Some documents are visible as images. If this is the case, a picture frame icon will be displayed in the search results.

2. Navigating search results

The site displays 20 results at a time. Use the dropdown menu at the top of the screen to choose whether to display 10 or 50 results instead.

By default the site displays results in order of relevance. You can use the dropdown menu in the top right corner to display results by Reference, Date ascending or Date descending instead.

You can navigate through multiple pages of search results in three ways:

  • at the top or bottom of a results page, use the buttons for Previous page and Next page to move backwards or forwards one page at a time
  • at the top or bottom of a results page, use the buttons for First page and Last page to go to the first or last page
  • at the bottom of the page, use the dropdown box to jump to a particular page

3. Saving searches

If you have logged in to EAO, you will have the option to save your searches.

  • At the bottom of the search results page, click Save search
  • Enter a name by which to remember your search
  • Click Save

To retrieve saved searches:

  • Click on My account in the top navigation
  • Click on Your favourite documents and saved searches
  • Click on Load to load the results of a previous saved search
  • Click Delete if you wish to remove a saved search from the list

4. Favourite documents

You can save specific documents by adding them to your favourites:

  • On an item’s catalogue description page, click Add to favourites in the top right corner
  • Enter a name for the document
  • Click Save

To retrieve favourite documents:

  • Click on My account in the top navigation
  • Click on Your favourite documents and saved searches
  • Click on Load to view the catalogue description
  • Click Delete to remove an item from the list