Information for Researchers & Students

On this page you can find information about
  • browsing the collections
  • using the reader
  • search and advanced search
For information about access and e-commerce, please visit the  Help page.

Brill's primary source collections are built up of documents. An overview of all documents within a collection can be found in the table of contents on the collection landing page, for example Cold War Intelligence.
Some documents consists of several parts. For example, a document can be a journal with multiple volumes and issues. An overview of all such parts can be found in the table of contents on the document landing page, for example the journal Tribuna in the collection Latin American Anarchist and Labour Periodicals.

The document landing page contains detailed information about the document and a preview to give a first visual impression. Click on the button Open Reader to access the document itself.

The reader fills the screen. In the top of the left panel, two links take you back to the collection landing page and the document landing page respectively. Below that, thumbnails offer a visual table of contents of the document. Navigate by clicking on a thumbnail or use the arrows above the left panel. The buttons to the top right allow users to rotate pages and to zoom in and out. The reader offers six zoom levels: 50, 75, 100, 150, 200, and 300%. The readers opens by default at 100%. Once you zoom in, a magnifying glass appears to the bottom right of your screen to navigate on the enlarged page. At the top right, buttons allow you to share a link, to copy text (if the document is in full text text), and to print. The print option is not available to trial or e-commerce users. If you get stuck, a button takes you to the  Help page. The blue Close full screen button to the very top right closes the reader and takes you back to the document landing page.

There are two ways to search: the Simple Search and the Advanced Search. The simple search uses the search bar that can be found at the top of every page on this site. Enter one or more terms, for example "Hoover" , and press the search button. You are now presented with the Search Results page. Search results can be further filtered by the facets in the left panel. You can filter by Access, Collection, Language, Time, Place, and Type.

On the Search Results page, full text search results are recognized by the fact that they say “Match: Text”. Search results that match metadata say e.g. “Match: Subject, Title”, indicating that the search term occurs in both the title and the subject of a given document.

Click on a search result to go the landing page of the document that contains the search term. Here you see the metadata for the document, allowing you to judge the usefulness of the title. Access the document by clicking on ‘Open reader’. Click on the text on the left column of the viewer to jump to your highlighted search term.

In the Tools Menu to the right, your searches are stored, as well as the documents you visited. This information is recorded for the duration of your browsing session.

The Advanced Search is a separate page. Here you can choose one collection (or all) and select relevant terms from the drop down menus that are pertinent to that collection. This allows you to search, for example, for all documents from a certain date or a certain place within a collection.