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How To Use The Search Box

By default, the Search Box is designed to search for your keywords in both titles AND descriptions and your search will extend to All Categories within the website. If you would like to narrow your search to a specific category or sub-category, please select from the Categories dropdown list provided within the Search Box.

For those of you that would like to search for keywords in product titles only, please visit Advanced Search in the Website Information box on the left side of your screen.

If searching for material on your favorite actor:

Enclose their name in quotation marks inside the search field:
For example:

  • "Deidre Hall"
  • "Christian LeBlanc"
  • "David Tom"

Quotation marks around your keywords tell the search engine to find only those items which contain the exact string of words you typed in. Quotation marks are not necessary when searching for one keyword only. Placing quotation marks around one single word will result in zero matches found.

If you do not use quotation marks around your keywords, the search engine will look for every instance of each word you typed in. For example, if you are searching for material on actor David Tom (minus the quotation marks as shown above), the search engine will return results for David Tom and:

  • David Canary
  • David Hedison
  • Tom Eplin
  • Heather Tom
  • David Beecroft
  • David Hasselhoff
...and many more who share the first or last name of David Tom.

Here's an interesting search-scenario for you to consider, too:
Let's say you're a fan of actor Ty Treadway who appeared on One Life To Live...and you simply type in his first name, Ty, in the searchbox. What happens?

The search engine not only pulls up everything Ty Treadway is in, but it also returns search results for:

  • Tyler Christopher
  • Tyler Noyes
  • Tyra Banks
  • the word pretty

And many more examples than we care to imagine. This is a great example of why you should always conduct a search with quotation marks around a person's full name, if possible. In this instance, "Ty Treadway" would do the trick, and eliminate any other search returns you don't care to see.

If searching for an actor whose name contains punctuation of any kind, such as:

  • Robert Kelker-Kelly
  • Tracey E. Bregman
  • Michael O'Leary
It may be best to simply type their first or last name into the searchbox, provided that their name is reasonably unique and not likely to be shared with another performer, such as
  • Kelker
  • Bregman
  • Leary
Remember, do not place quotation marks around one keyword only or you will generate zero search results.

If searching for material on the soap opera, Ryan's Hope, you must escape the apostrophe in the first word by placing a backwards-slash in front of the apostrophe. Otherwise, you will generate zero results. The software we use is not fond of punctuation!

Do not use additional words when searching for your favorite performer, such as:

Kim Zimmer Actress or Kim Zimmer Guiding Light

This will only muddy your search may get zero results or only a fraction of what is really available. Search for the performer's name only. Click on a few item descriptions to get a feel for how they are written. We never refer to anyone as an actor or actress.

If you wish to see only those items which are currently available for purchase, please tick the box next to In Stock Items Only. Otherwise, your search will result in all items, In or Out of Stock, being displayed.

Do not search for the names of characters on soap operas. We rarely use character names in our item descriptions. Search only for the actor that plays that role.

Do not search for more than one actor's name at a time. For example, do not type in "Austin Peck & Christie Clark" in the searchbox. Search for only one performer at a time. The fewer keywords used in your search, the more accurate and relevant your search returns will be.

All keywords used in your search will be highlighted in blue within the title and description of the items you view, which should significantly reduce the amount of time it takes to "read" an item description and find your keywords.

Using your web browser's back button, simply navigate back and forth between your search results screen and each item you select to view, and your keywords will be highlighted in each item description you click on.

If you experience any difficulty searching or have any questions, please use the Contact Us link on the left side of your screen.

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