C.T. Russell Database Help File

This web site is a work in progress. The goal is to provide a searchable web site dedicated to Charles Taze Russell's publications and supplemental publications that index or reference his work. The following are some instructions we hope you will find helpful. If these are not helpful please let us know using the email address at the end of this document.

Please note that we are trying to keep the function of this web site simple and compatible with the various web browsers everyone may be using. Your browser's Back button will be most helpful when you want to return to a previous screen. If you need the text to be larger on the screen then use your browser's option to increase the font size. For Internet Explorer and Netscape you will find options to increase or decrease the font size on the browser's View menu.

The default screen for this Web site has the Navigation options on the left and the Dedication on the right. When you select the Studies option on the left the right portion of the screen will display the Tabernacle through the Sixth Volume. The text Volume 0 was added as a prefix to the title for the Tabernacle so it would appear first in the list. Click on one of the blue arrows next to the title of one of the Volumes and it will expand to show the chapters. Click on a link to one of the chapters and the right side of the screen will be replaced with the text for that chapter with its own vertical scroll bar. If you want to search for a specific text string within a text window, select your browser's Find option on the Edit menu or use the keyboard combination of Ctrl-F to activate the Find option if you are using Internet Explorer or Netscape.

You can use the browser's Back button to take you back to the list of Volumes with their chapters or you can select one of the other options on the left navigator such as Watch Tower, Supplemental or All to display those publications in the right hand section of the window. The above instructions apply to all views displaying a list of publications. Additionally, when displaying a list of publications you will see 3 buttons above the list. They are Expand All, Collapse All and Search. The Expand All and Collapse All options will automatically expand and collapse all of the blue arrows to show or hide the underlying links.

The 3rd button is the best part. When you select the Search option you will be able to type in the text string you would like to search for in all of the documents within the selected view. The search will return links to all of the documents with occurrences of the text you were looking for. Select one of the links to open the document in the text window and then use the browsers Find option to search for the same text string within the selected document. Use the browser's Back button to go back to the search list.

When you use the Search feature to search within a view, in addition to searching for a single word or a string of words you can search on word combinations to find words near each other within a few paragraphs, words within the same paragraph and words within the same sentence. The following are samples of the syntax and the results of three searches on the Studies in the Scriptures view.

Syntax
Sample Results
justification NEAR robe
justification PARAGRAPH robe
justification SENTENCE robe
49 documents
5 documents
3 documents

You can search on any combination of words. The search only returns a list of the documents that match the criteria you have requested. You still need to do a secondary search by opening a document and using the browser's search tool to locate one of the words or the string of words you are interested in.

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