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It's easy to retrieve a story (or poem or script) from the archive. Just click a story link.
To save the retrieved story to your hard drive for offline reading and archiving, click File/Save As in your Web browser.
Those buttons at the top of most pages ...
... are navigational buttons. Clicking the red button takes you to the Lois & Clark Fanfic home page. The yellow button, where it appears, takes you up a level to a contents page, for whatever area of the site you're currently browsing.
These pictures you'll encounter while browsing the archive ...
... are not navigation buttons. Instead, they're icons indicating that the story they're next to either won a fanfic Kerth award or was nominated for one. What's a Kerth award? It's an award fanfic readers bestow on fanfic writers in what's become an annual event. The first Kerth Awards ceremony was held on IRC (Internet Relay Chat) in 1998. The name Kerth comes from the show: the Kerth was a journalism award. Want more info? Visit our Kerth page, and also be sure to visit the official Kerth page.
We are also preparing to mark stories that win the Merriweather award, a new contest and award that debuted in early 2005. Those icons (1st place, 2nd place, 3rd place, Honorable Mention) look like this:
We're embarking on a fanfic audio project — AudioFic, which is our answer to audio books (books on CD and tape). When you encounter an icon that looks like this...
... that means the story it accompanies has been recorded by a narrator and saved as an MP3 file. Click the icon for the story download link and listen at will. Authors, if you'd like your stories to be added to the pool of stories that may eventually be read, please let us know: click here for info. And readers, you can contribute too. If you'd like to volunteer to record yourself reading your favorite story, you can click here as well.
For more info on fanfic, such as how to submit your own stories, see the FAQ pages.
We've installed Google's free site-search feature to help you track down stories you're looking for when you can't remember the author or title -- but do remember certain details. You can use the search field above, but a Google search field is also available on most every page of the site.
To find a story, merely type unique details as keywords into the field and click the submit button. For example, to find the story about Clark Kent being tried for the murder of Jefferson Cole, you might give these keywords to Google:
murder "jefferson cole"
And if you did, you'd find ML Thompson's riveting story "The People v. Clark Kent."
What story are you looking for?
Put quotation marks around words that belong together to help narrow search results -- this tells Google to treat the grouped words as a single keyword entity. For example, if you're searching for a story set in the Daily Planet, put "daily planet" in quotation marks. If you searched on daily planet without the quotes, you'd also pull up all stories that use the words daily and planet in any context.
To find stories that do not contain certain words, use a minus sign (-) before each keyword to exclude it. For example, to find a story that mentions Kryptonians but doesn't involve Zara, you'd type: kryptonian -zara
By default Google searches for documents that contain all the keywords you type into its search field. This is called an AND search. That is, it turns up documents that contain this keyword AND that keyword. Searching for lois chocolate rocky road locates only documents containing all search terms. But what if it's a story about Lois and ice cream and you can't recall the flavor (though you've narrowed it to chocolate or rocky road)? :-) You could do an OR search by typing lois chocolate OR rocky
If you want your search results to show stories only (which are text files), not any of the catalog pages (which are HTML files), you can restrict your search to text files (.txt) by typing your query like this:
filetype:txt murder "jefferson cole"
Keep in mind that Google indexes the stories in the archive at its own pace. Newer stories may not yet have been "Googled."
For in-depth tips on using the Google search engine, visit Google's Search Help and Search Basics pages. Or just go to the Advanced Search page and experiment. The Advanced Operators Cheat Sheet at Google Guide is also helpful for ideas on creative searching.
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