Answered By: Simon Dixon
Last Updated: Jan 19, 2024     Views: 7

Archive Catalogue search results are sorted alphabetically by the Document Reference Number. This means that the most relevant results for your enquiry may not appear at the top of the results page. For example, recordings from the East Midlands Oral History Archive (EMOHA) will always appear before descriptions of items from the University of Leicester Archives (ULA), regardless of how closely the records relate to your search. 

You can refine your search by using the Advanced Search function, and limiting your search to one of the three Archive Repositories listed: British Institute for Libyan and North African Studies; East Midlands Oral History Archive; and University of Leicester Special Collections. 

You can use other boxes on the Advanced Search page to narrow down the records you might be interested in. A useful tip if you are searching within a specific archive collection is to enter the first part of the collection reference into the Document Reference Number box. For example, MS 237 will restrict search results to descriptions of the Orton Collection. The following is a list of prefixes for some of our most popular collections: 

  • EMOHA: East Midlands Oral history Archive
  • MS 237: Orton Collection: records relating to Joe Orton, playwright
  • ST: Sue Townsend Collection
  • ULA: University of Leicester Archives
  • LMA: Leicester Mercury Archive
  • SLS: British Institute for Libyan and North African Studies (formerly Society for Libyan studies)

You can also restrict your search by keyworks, dates or date periods. 

If your results list contains fewer matches than you are expecting, you may wish to reduce the number of search criteria applied.