by Saree Makdisi
The following form allows users to conduct keyword searches of the entire book Romantic Imperialism, written by Saree Makdisi and published by Cambridge University Press, 1998. Queries return a short excerpt for every occurrence of the queried word in the text. This search function is provided by Cambridge University Press as a courtesy to its readers. It is designed to serve as a tool for scholars currently working with the text and to help prospective readers familiarize themselves with the contents of the text. Users can also read and search the complete text of the book's first chapter, "Domesticating exoticism: transformations of Britain's Orient, 1785-1835," by clicking here.
Altavista's shorthand notation works too. A search on "dogs -pizzas" is equivalent to the first example, and "+hot +dog +pizzas" will return the same documents as the second.
To group a collection of words, use quotes. For example, the query "Zoltan Milosevic" (quotes included) would not generate a hit from "Slobodan Milosevic met with Zoltan Smith". Without quotes, the sentence would count. Boolean operators can also act on quotations: a search on '+the +kitten not "the kitten"' would return only those documents where "the" and "kitten" appear separately.
The search engine finds strings, not words. A search for "in" would turn up "bin", "inside", and "acquaintance" as well as "in". Note that more complex wildcard searches using the asterisk are not permitted.
These rules are based on Altavista's query syntax; a look at their Search Tips may prove useful.