The Customer Service staff of The South China Morning Post online archive wants to help make your searching as trouble-free as possible. To ensure your continued satisfaction with The South China Morning Post online archive, we offer the following answers to some of the most commonly asked questions:
The South China Morning Post historical archives contain digitized article images from 11/6/1903 to 12/31/1996. Most classifieds, advertising and other materials are included.
The historical archives (1903 - 1996) do contain many graphics, however, some photographs are blocked due to copyright concerns.
Advice for new users: After you do a search, a screen will come up with the results of that search. You may view a summary of the document for free. Once you determine which document you would like to view, click on the icon with the '$'. If you are a new user, you will be taken to a pricing page, where you can choose the plan to purchase. After deciding which plan best fits your needs, you will be taken through the purchase experience. After confirming your purchase, the full text of the document will be displayed.
You may choose to print the document or save it for your personal review later on. Since you have access to this document for 90 days, you may complete the same search and retrieve the document again during this time period.
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Reprints are available of back issues from November 1903 to the present. You may request a reprint of a back issue by calling Content Resources Department +852 2680 8180 or by email: email@example.com
You may request reprints of an article by calling Content Resources Department +852 2680 8180 or by email: firstname.lastname@example.org
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Be specific with your search terms. If your search is unsuccessful, refine your search terms. To narrow your search, use the advanced search page to fill in date range, author, headline, or subject fields. The more information you provide, the more precise your search results will be. To get more results, select different search words or a longer date range.
Using AND narrows the search, using OR broadens the search, and using NOT excludes unwanted items. The NOT operator is useful in refining an initial query that returns a broad list of results. WITHIN and ADJ controls how close your search terms must be to one another. ADJ also checks that words found are in the same order as in your search expression. For more detail, visit Search Tips.
The basic search includes the full text of the entire article, as well as text from the headline, author field, date range, subject terms, etc. For more detail on getting good search results, visit Search Tips.
On the advanced search page, use the date range option to select the specific date, insert a "*" into the "Search for" field, and click the search button.
Please review the Search Tips for helpful information, as well as How do I get better search results?. Unfortunately, we are unable to provide research assistance for the archives.
For the current full text archives:
To search for an obituary use the Advanced Search; next, in the search box list the person's name this way:
first name pre/3 last name
Example: john pre/3 doe.
(Using the proximity of pre/3 tells the system to find the first name 3 words before the last name; this takes into account the use of a middle initial or a nickname.)
For search assistance, you may contact:
Content Resources Department
+852 2680 8180
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Preview - The free Preview provides bibliographic information about the article, such as author and publication date, and a brief summary. This format contains no photos.
Article Image - Article Image refers to a black and white scanned image of the article as it was originally printed, delivered in Portable Document Format (PDF).
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If you still have questions after checking the frequently asked questions, please contact Customer Service. Please keep in mind that assistance is available only for technical and account-related issues. Research assistance is not provided.