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Search Help

Every search engine is a little different, so it’s always helpful to learn the parameters and features of the search you’re using. JSH-Online search has been designed specifically for Journal, Sentinel, and Herald content. Because of this, the JSH-Online search features differ somewhat from a general search engine. The following tips will help get you started and give you a tour of the advanced options and filters.

If you can't find the answer to your question here, see the FAQs on JSH-Online Search to learn more.

Table of Contents

    Diagram of the Search Results page
    Facts about the JSH-Online search engine
    Using the “Refine your search” toolbar
     ○ Finding articles by Mary Baker Eddy
    Enhanced keyword searching: Tips for a more effective search
    Using the Advanced Search feature


  1. Click inside the search box and type the word(s), or search terms, that you’d like to search for. This search box appears in the top right corner of every page and is known as the Keyword box.

  2. Enter your search by clicking the search button (the silver magnifying glass icon), or by simply pressing “Enter” on your keyboard.
  3. Your results will appear on the Search Results page. (see full diagram below)
  4. Click on the Title of the result you’d like to view.

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Diagram Descriptions:
  1. The Keyword box appears again here, in case you’d like to begin a new search or modify the one you made. This box functions similarly to the Keyword box in the top right corner.
  2. Advanced Options are available to the right of the Keyword box (see “Using the Advanced Search feature” for further instructions).
  3. Search by Title or Author by typing information into these boxes, then entering your search. More on Title and Author searching is covered in “Using the Advanced Search feature”.
  4. Sort your results page in one of three ways:
    • Relevance puts content that most closely matches your search terms at the top of the page. (This is the default setting.)
    • Newest First puts the most recently-published content at the top, regardless of relevance.
    • Oldest First puts the earliest-published content (beginning in 1883) at the top, regardless of relevance.
  5. The Help link drops down a list of basic search tips.
  6. Move through pages of search results by clicking next and previous, or click on a number to navigate to a specific results page.
  7. Information about each result is shown here.

    In the diagram above:
    This indicates an article from the Sentinel.
    This is the title of the article.
    This is the author.
    This is the Publication date for this result (on far right).
    Under these elements, part of the article text is shown, with words from your search in bold typeface.
  8. The “bread crumb” pinpoints the exact location of this article on JSH-Online. Click on any of these links to navigate to a specific location related to the article. For example, in the diagram:
    This directs you to the full Sentinel issue in which this article can be found.
    This leads to all Sentinel issues from 1975.

For more information about keyword searching, including tools for performing a more specific search, see “Facts about the JSH-Online search engine” and “Enhanced keyword searching”, both found in the next section.

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Facts about the JSH-Online search engine

When performing a search, here are some important things to know about how the JSH-Online search engine works:

  • A keyword search searches every word in the JSH-Online database, including titles, authors, and the full text of every article.
  • Search is not case-sensitive. Use either upper or lowercase characters.
  • Using multiple keywords in your search will return results containing all of those words. The more words your search contains, the more specific the results will be (and, as a result, the fewer results you will get).
  • When a search is performed, only results for the exact search terms will appear. All words that you type, including stop words (such as is, are, they, if, etc.), are included in the search.
    • To search for variations of a word (for example, spiritual and spiritualism, etc., for the word spirit), you can perform a “wildcard search” with the asterisk (*) symbol. See “Enhanced keyword searching”, below, for more on wildcard searches.

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Now that you’ve entered your search, you may wish to see fewer results, or results that are more specific to you. In this section, you can learn about several ways to narrow your search.

Using the “Refine your search” toolbar

To the right of the search results page, you’ll notice the grey “Refine your search” toolbar. This toolbar shows your results as organized into categories, identifying how many matches appear in each category and subcategory.

To use “Refine your search”, simply click on one of the blue subcategories on the toolbar. Your Search Results page will change to reflect your choice, only displaying the results that fit within that subcategory. This is also known as applying a filter.


You can apply more than one filter at a time. In the above example, you could click Journal to see only results that are found in the Journal, then click Audio to see only audio events from the Journal.

Grey boxes at the top of the “Refine your search” toolbar will show the filters currently in use. To remove any filters that are in use, go to the top of the toolbar and click the [x] next to the filter you wish to remove. Beginning a new search will remove all filters.


You can refine your search by:

  • PUBLICATION: Sentinel or Journal (expands to Publication Type: print or web original)
  • TYPE: article, audio, blog post (Article + expands to allow a choice of many subcategories of articles, including testimonies, poems, interviews, etc.)
  • AUTHOR: Mary Baker Eddy, and all others by alphabetical groupings
  • CENTURY: 1800s, 1900s, 2000s (expands to decade, then to year)
  • MOST RECENT: today, this week, this month, this quarter, this year

Here’s a step-by-step example of how to effectively use the “Refine your search” toolbar:

  1. Begin with a general keyword search: Type the word love into the Keyword box and click the search button or press Enter.
  2. Next, note in the “Refine your search” column, under the AUTHOR category, Mary Baker Eddy’s name with a number next to it. This shows the number of articles containing love that are authored by Mary Baker Eddy.
  3. Click on Mary Baker Eddy, and your search results will be refined to show only articles by Mary Baker Eddy that include the word love.

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Finding articles by Mary Baker Eddy (using the Refine Your Search toolbar)

Because Mary Baker Eddy's name appears in many forms throughout the periodicals (eg. M.B. Eddy, Mary B.G. Eddy, etc.), the most effective way to find articles written by her is to use the Refine Your Search toolbar:

  • After performing a search, click the Mary Baker Eddy subcategory on the toolbar (found to the right of the Search Results page). This will show only results by Mary Baker Eddy that match your search terms.
  • If you want to see all articles by Mary Baker Eddy, you can perform a blank search by clicking inside the Keyword box, then entering a search without typing any words.

You can also find some articles by Mary Baker Eddy by typing in a form of her name in the Keyword box or the Author search box. Be aware that this will only return results that match that specific form of her name.

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Enhanced keyword searching: Tips for a more effective search

Based on the way that the JSH-Online search engine functions (see "Facts about the JSH-Online search engine"), the following tips can be especially useful for fine-tuning your basic (keyword) search.

Use quotation marks
Quotation marks allow you to search for exact words and phrases. This is a simple, yet effective tip for finding more specific results.

  • Example: "the kingdom of God” finds articles in which these words appear together in this order.

Use the Boolean operators AND, OR, NOT
These Boolean operators can help to clarify your search, making it either more broad or more narrow.

IMPORTANT NOTE: In order for these operators to work, they must be typed in all-caps.

  • AND: prepare AND reign or prepare && reign or +prepare +reign — narrows your search, only showing results where both prepare and reign are present in the same article.
    • AND is the default setting on JSH-Online Search. A search with no operators, such as prepare reign , returns the same results as a search for prepare AND reign.
  • OR: prepare OR reign or prepare // reign — broadens your search, showing results that contain either prepare, reign, or both.
  • NOT: prepare NOT reign or prepare -reign — narrows your search to show results where prepare appears, but reign does not.
  • Nested searches, which allow you to group search terms using operators, are also possible. Example: (prepare OR ready) AND (reign OR power).

Use a wildcard search
A wildcard search uses the asterisk symbol (*) to look for both a keyword and for variations of that word.

  • A search for sleep* will show results that include words like sleeping, sleepeth, etc.
  • A search for sleep* dream* will show results that include sleeping, sleepeth, etc. and also dreaming, dreamer, etc.
  • Replacing letters with * will “fill the space” with any number of characters, or with no characters. For example, a search for s*p will return results for sleep, as well as for slip, sonship, etc.

You can combine these tools in your searches. For example: a search for (prepare OR ready) AND sleep* will return results that contain either prepare or ready, and that also contain words like sleep, sleeping, sleepeth, etc.

Finally, all of these Enhanced keyword search tools can also be used in the Title and Author fields of Advanced Search.
For more about the Advanced Search feature, read on to the next section...

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Using the Advanced Search feature

The Advanced Search feature allows thorough control over a search. You can access Advanced Search in one of two ways: either by clicking on the word “Advanced” on the "Search JSH-Online" box at the top right of any page...


...or by clicking on “Advanced Options” on the secondary Keyword box:


Clicking on either of those two options will take you to the Advanced Search box, where you can narrow down your results in several ways.


You can narrow your search by the following parameters (click each one for a full description):

Items per page: You can also choose how many items per page you wish to see in your results list (5 to 50 items). This feature is preset for 10 items.

You can combine any or all of these tools in your search.
For example: Typing Christmas in the Title field and peace in the Keyword field will return results that include both the word Christmas in the Title and the word peace somewhere in the article.

NOTE: If you have just used Advanced Search and are ready to begin a new search, make sure you de-select the Advanced Search options that you no longer wish to use. Otherwise, these options will remain part of your search until you change them—or, until you perform a search using the Keyword box at the top right of the screen.

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Below, each of the “Advanced Search” options and their uses are described in detail.

Keyword(s) search
Title search
  • A title search returns results where any of the search terms appear in the title.
  • Quotes, operators, and wildcards can be used in this field (see “Enhanced keyword searching”)
Author search
  • An author search returns results where any of the search terms appear in the author name.
  • PLEASE NOTE: Authors may use different bylines, or forms of their names, at different times, and must be searched using these variations. A search for Calvin Hill will return different results than Calvin C. Hill, even though they are the same person.
  • If you know the exact name of the author you'd like to search for, the most effective way to find this author is to use quotation marks around the name (see “Enhanced keyword searching”).
  • To read about the best way to locate articles by Mary Baker Eddy, click here.
  • Operators and wildcards can be used in this field (see “Enhanced keyword searching”)
Date Range
  • Limits your search to those articles that were originally published in the period of time specified.
  • You must use numerical dates for this field in the following format: MM/DD/YYYY (e.g. 06/31/1967)
  • You can use the sort feature on the results page to sort by newest or oldest content. (For more about the sort feature, see “Diagram of the Search Results Page”, above.)
  • Limits your search to the publication(s) requested: Journal, Sentinel, or Sentinel Radio.
  • You can check more than one of these at a time.
  • Limits your search to the format(s) requested: Article, Audio, or Blog.
  • You can check more than one of these at a time.
Article Type
  • Limits your search to the article type requested: Editorial, Interview, Poem, Testimony, etc.
  • Click on the down arrow in the Select Type box to get a list of Article Types, then select from the list given.
  • It is only possible to select one type at a time.
  • Limits your search to the type of audience requested: General or For Youth/Kids.
  • The "For Youth" audience includes a wide span of ages, from the early teen years to college-age and "twenty-somethings".
  • Limits your search to content recently published to the website.
  • Click on the down arrow to select items from last day, last week, last month, last three months, or last year.
  • The default setting of this feature is “anytime.”
  • It is only possible to select one type at a time.

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When looking for a specific issue, you can always browse directly to that issue through the “Issues” tab on the Journal or Sentinel pages. However, it is also possible to perform a search using the Keyword box that directs you to a specific volume and issue. You can perform this search if you already know the magazine, year, volume, and issue number. (All of this data is required.)

To perform a search for a specific issue, there are three essentials that must be typed into the Keyword box:

  1. attr_file_code_s:
  2. The file code for the issue you want. See the examples of file codes below. Note: the volume and issue both must have leading zeroes, meaning the volume will always fill three digits (i.e. volume 8 is 008), and the issue will fill two digits (i.e. issue 1 is 01).
    • JRL_1884_002_12 (for Journal, 1884, Volume 2, Issue 12)
    • SEN_1924_026_31 (for Sentinel, 1924, Volume 26, Issue 31)
    • JRL_1950_068 (for all Journals from 1950, Volume 68)
    • JRL_1950 (for all Journals from 1950)
  3. An asterisk (*), as with wildcard searches.

EXAMPLE: attr_file_code_s:SEN_1962_064_04*

Finally, the results page for this example search will list all articles found in volume 64, issue 4 of the Sentinel (from 1962).

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