FAQsWe aim to answer common questions here. If you are a Librarian, please see the dedicated section for tailored help and FAQs.
Synonym search is enabled on the platform by default, meaning entry of a search term will automatically retrieve variants of that term. For example, a search for "USSR" with synonym search enabled will return results for "Soviet Union" and "Russia". To search for a specific term only, deselect the synonym search on the quick search and advanced search. Stem searching can also be applied when searching via the platform. Stem searching and synonym searching are switched off by default, but can be turned on by selecting the tick-boxes next to the search bar.
Stem searching is the comparison of a query to the root form of a word used in the query. For example, a user may search for the term ‘calmer’, but a search engine that uses stemming technology may return search results for any word that contains the root form of the word (e.g. calm, calmed, calmer).
Phrase searching is supported on this platform. To complete a phrase search, encapsulate the term in quotation marks, for example "Soviet Union".
Selecting the Keywords in Context button will display the five most relevant hits within an excerpt of a document. In the excerpt, your search term will be highlighted in order for you to quickly determine whether or not the result is from a page you want to visit. Selecting View will open the image viewer with your search term highlighted on the page. You can move to the next or previous page in the document where your search term is highlighted by selecting Next Hit/Previous Hit.
Any instances of the "source file is missing" message in the image viewer means that certain pages could not be digitized due to the fragile nature of the documents and files. A decision was made by the Editors however, that the value of the overall document was such that it would be detrimental to remove it from the collection.
When citing source documents from Cold War Eastern Europe please use the reference style appropriate to the journal to which you are submitting your article (usually to be found in the instructions for authors) but add “from Cold War Eastern Europe”, the document URL that appears at the top of the document screen and the date and time of access.
The nature of the content is such that some of the documents are extremely large. Consequently, the PDFs may take some time to download. The size of the PDF file is displayed on the site. We would recommend in those instances where the PDF is large that you either download only the relevant sections or use the download a range of pages option in the image viewer.
Please note that you will need to change your browser options if your browser settings are configured to prevent automatic downloads.
Should you be accessing Cold War Eastern Europe via a free trial, you will be unable to download documents. You will however, be able to view the documents using the image viewer.
Run a search query in Quick Search, or click on the Advanced Search tab and enter your search criteria. Click on the Save Search button at the top of the search results page (you will be prompted to log in/register if you have not already done so). Enter a name for the search and click on the Save Search button. At this point you will be redirected to the Saved Search Area where you have the option to run the saved search again or create new search.
Should you be accessing Cold War Eastern Europe via a free trial, you will be unable to save searches.
Sign in with your username and password and go to My Account. Click the Saved Searches button. Here you can run your search directly, delete your saved searches and create new searches.
You can choose to add documents/sections to My Archive from; Explore Content, Search Results, Image Viewer and content pages (list of issues, table of contents, chapter/article/section).
Should you be accessing Cold War Eastern Europe via a free trial, you will be unable to add documents/sections to My Archive.
Sign in with your username and password and go to My Account. Click the Manage My Archive button. Here you can view the document(s)/section(s) added, download a list of document/section titles (including hyperlinks) to create a reading list and delete your documents/sections.