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Searching the SHAKSPER Archives (Revised)
Shakespeare Electronic Conference, Vol. 5, No. 0670.  Thursday, 11 August 1994.
 
From:           Hardy M. Cook <
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Date:           Thursday, August 11, 1994
Subject:        Searching SHAKSPER Using the DATABASE Function (Revised)
 
 
SHAKSPEReans:
 
A week ago, thanks to Terry Ann Craig, I sent you directions on how to search
the SHAKSPER's logs using the LISTSERV DATABASE Function.  Jim Serchak noted
that in two of my examples I had forgotten to include "in" as required.
 
Below, you will find a corrected description of the functions I described
last week with the addition of searching with Boolean operators and by
dates.  I hope you will find these additional instructions useful.
 
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SEACHING THE SHAKSPER ARCHIVES
 
First, send the following e-mail message, filling in the KEYWORD you wish
without the square brackets, to the LISTSERV address, LISTSERV@UTORONTO.BITNET:
 
//
Database Search DD=Rules
//Rules DD  *
Search [Keyword] in SHAKSPER
Index
/*
 
For example, if you wished to see all occurrences of "Pericles," you would
send the following message:
 
//
Database Search DD=Rules
//Rules DD  *
Search Pericles in SHAKSPER
Index
/*
 
You will then get back two things: an e-mail message that tells how the job
went and the output file called DATABASE OUTPUT. You'll see how many hits there
were in a list, a sort of index.
 
The DATABASE OUTPUT for the Pericles search looks like this:
 
Subj:   File: "DATABASE OUTPUT"
 
> Search Pericles in SHAKSPER
--> Database SHAKSPER, 28 hits.
 
> Index
Item #   Date   Time  Recs   Subject
------   ----   ----  ----   -------
000075 90/10/13 00:25  245   SHK 1.0075 New On-Line Shakespeare Resource! (247)
000118 90/11/21 15:37   54   SHK 1.0115 Shakespearean Spinoffs
000228 91/03/12 23:50   63   SHK 2.0082 More on "Shog"
000376 91/09/20 15:28  130   SHK 2.0230 Oxford Text Archive
000382 91/09/24 11:06   88   SHK 2.0236 Sample Files on the SHAKSPER Fileserver
000501 92/01/25 18:29   75   SHK 3.0023 Rs: Ohio/NY/Pen Prodns; Multiple Ariels+
000536 92/03/11 23:49  146   SHK 3.0058 FREE PD Shakespeare Corpus
000628 92/06/24 16:11  373   SHK 3.0150 Request for Information for SHAKSPER Fi+
000644 92/07/07 19:17  142   SHK 3.0165 Wisconsin Shakespeare Festival 1992 Sea+
000743 92/10/17 20:37   50   SHK 3.0262 Shakespeare's Play-Crafting
000874 92/12/17 20:53  305
001014 93/03/03 12:54  315
001318 93/07/14 13:32  132   SHK 4.0429 Latest Re: *Cardenio* MS
001320 93/07/16 07:18   30   SHK 4.0432 Q: The Canon
001565 93/10/27 15:29  406   SHK 6.0676 Shakespeare Videos
001601 93/11/04 09:29   17   SHK 4.0716 Q: *Pericles*
001708 93/11/19 11:00   34   SHK 4.0821 Q: *Pericles*
001715 93/11/22 08:35   25   SHK 4.0828 Re: The Battle in *Pericles*
001716 93/11/22 08:59   72   SHK 4.0829 Re: Electronic Research and Texts
002058 94/03/05 11:06   96   SHK 5.0189 Re: Most Popular Play
002067 94/03/07 11:28  141   SHK 5.0197 Re: Transmission of the Quartos
002126 94/03/22 08:33  192   SHK 5.0257 Re: A Few Good Men
002325 94/05/26 09:25   62   SHK 5.0458 Qs: Late Romances; Curses and Cursing
002339 94/05/30 09:22  294   SHK 5.0472 Authorship
002366 94/06/05 23:20  108   SHK 5.0500 Re: Signed Shakespeare
002419 94/06/21 10:41  125   SHK 5.0551 Re: *Tmp.*; Helena; Character
002514 94/08/01 10:37   74   SHK 5.0646 Qs: Richard's Hump; Pericles; Hypertext+
002516 94/08/02 07:52  193   SHK 5.0648 Re: Richard's Hump and *Pericles*
 
Then by sending the an e-mail message in the following format, you can get
printouts of the particular digests you are interested in or for that matter
all of the digests that generated "hits."
 
//
Database Search DD=Rules
//Rules DD  *
Search [Keyword] in SHAKSPER
Print all of [Item number]
/*
 
Thus by sending the following to LISTSERV
 
//
Database Search DD=Rules
//Rules DD  *
Search Pericles SHAKSPER
Print all of 2516
/*
 
you will receive the August 4, 1994, digest SHK 5.0648 Re: Richard's Hump
and *Pericles*, which consists of 193 lines.
 
Similarly, by sending the following to LISTSERV
 
//
Database Search DD=Rules
//Rules DD  *
Search Pericles in SHAKSPER
Print all
/*
 
you will get a printout of all twenty-eight digests that generated "hits."
 
You can also order several digest hits at the same time by sending a message
like this:
 
//
Database Search DD=Rules
//Rules DD  *
Search Pericles in SHAKSPER
Print all of 2366 2419 2514 2516
/*
 
You can search using the Boolean operators AND, OR, NOT:
 
//
Database Search DD=Rules
//Rules DD
Search Pericles OR Cymbeline
Index
/*
 
Further, you can limit your search by dates:
 
//
Database Search DD=Rules
//Rules DD
Search Pericles from 93/1/1 to 93/12/31
Index
/*
 
OR
 
//
Database Search DD=Rules
//Rules DD
Search Pericles since 94/1/1
Index
/*
 
 
Hardy M. Cook
Editor of SHAKSPER

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