Searching for Papers

imageA reader writes:

… you know that by typing in “" you get a list of all of the pdf papers on the site in alphabetical order. This can be useful in doing research. You should let others on your blog know.

Actually, the pdfs directory is not the only place pdf files are stored on the site.

The preferred method, to my way of thinking, is to use the following Google search: filetype:pdf

If you want to limit yourself to the pdfs directory (why would you?) modify the command so it reads thus: filetype:pdf

If you want to search elsewhere, you may. For instance: filetype:pdf filetype:pdf filetype:pdf

With any of these searches, it is a good idea to add some words like shroud or pollen or whatever is your particular interest of the moment.

If you start your search with Google Advanced Search, you can specify a language. is altogether another matter.   It is a rich archive of papers on the shroud – probably the largest and you’ll find many newer English language papers there – but you can’t search it with Google or any of the other major search engines if you specify a filetype. So don’t. On the other hand, it is a good bet that whatever it is you find in, it will be a PDF file. And using words like Shroud and Turin are a must. For instance the following work well in Google: shroud of turin

2 thoughts on “Searching for Papers”

  1. I imported my long list of “Favourites” from Internet Explorer into Google Chrome a year or two ago, so I can access any of these old Favourites quite easily. I added the ones most often used into the ‘Bookmark’ strip at the top of the screen. This gives me immediate access into any of these sites. Barrie’s site has a ‘Search’ panel. By entering a simple key word such as a topic, author, or conference, you can find all references to them available on the site, including those in BSTS newsletters archived, conference papers or whatever. Other web-sites often have a similar ‘search’ facility. I use Google Search engine only when I’m looking for a new web-site that might have the info I’m looking for, as why would anyone want to scroll through a million or so web-page entries.

  2. We started using the pdf format in 1999, before it became widely accepted, and the first 23 papers we published in that format were placed in the root directory of the website. It quickly became apparent that this was the ideal format for papers on the site, so we created a new folder specifically for files of that format and all new pdfs were placed in that directory. It currently contains 1600 pdf files. The root directory only includes those first 23 pdf files and we have left them in that directory to avoid changing any links on the website, since those are often used as references in published papers, books and presentations.

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