Searching The Internet Archive

Internet Archive is getting easier to search. Keyword and site combinations have worked in Google (eg  your terms ), but now the Archive offers faceted filtering according to media type and topic, and full text – but in beta, and we all know the problems with converting with optical character recognition – tread carefully.

Searching Through Everything, Internet Archive Blog, Oct 26

Every day, we see an average of 50,000 hits on our search pages, as you, our users, search for a title, creator, and various other metadata about the items we’ve archived. But you have long asked when you would be able to search not only for all items but within them as well. For years you’ve been able to search within the text of a single book using our BookReader, but never before have you been able to search across and within all 9 million available text items at the Internet Archive in a single shot. Until now.