From the Index Entries Selected page in any database, you can use the Toolbar to refine your original search, to open a context-sensitive Help page and to consult general information about Historical Newspapers.
The Index Entries Selected page expands all the Main Headings you selected from the Main Headings Retrieved page to show the individual index entries. Each set of entries is headed by the date range by which it is covered.
Each entry in the Index Entries Selected page contains the following information:
From the Index Entries Selected page, you can:
If you have customised your search results to display the entries retrieved in the form of subsets, you can move back and forth between subsets using the Next and Previous buttons. Using the boxes provided next to these buttons, you can also modify the number of entries you wish to display in the next or previous subset and, in addition, the List of Entries entry number at which you would like the next or previous subset to start.
You should be aware that sometimes there was more than one edition of individual issues of The Times. There were sometimes up to 7 editions. It is a good idea to be aware of which edition your library has on file. This is because The Official Index to The Times indexes articles according to their position in the final edition of the newspaper, unless they only appeared in earlier editions.
The position of news in the paper (page and column reference) often changed when fresh material was added. Where an article has shifted position within the paper, you will see more than one page and column reference in the Index Entries Selected and Index Entry in Context pages. The main reference will direct you to the final edition, but a subsequent page reference will indicate the position of the article in an earlier edition.
If matter appeared only in editions other than the final one, (i.e., if it was dropped, to make room for fresh material), this will likewise be indicated in the Index Entries Selected and Index Entry in Context pages.
From 1906 to March 1923, this is simply early, middle, late: (e.e.), (m.e.), (l.e.).
From April 1923 to March 1972, the paper copies of the newspapers contain stars in the top right-hand corner of the back page to identify which edition it is. So ****** (6 stars) denotes the first edition, each subsequent edition having a star removed. Copies with no stars are final editions.
So if 4* is shown after the page and column in the List of Entries, this indicates that the article appeared in the edition with four stars on the back, and possibly in the editions preceding it, but not in the final edition.
From April 1972 onwards the index cites only references to the *Late* London edition of Times.
If there are two references cited, eg.26 January 1976 (page 6 col b)(and 5c,4*), this indicates that in the third edition (****), the article appeared on page 5 column c, but in the final edition it was on page 6 column b.