Scottish Country Dancing Dictionary

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We hope that you have reached this page as a last resort, having exhausted all the other ways in which you might have found what you seek. If not, we strongly recommend that you make use of the navigation bar buttons on the right hand side of every page.

We recommend this because we know that using the buttons on the right will take you where you want to go far more quickly than using either of the Search Boxes below.


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Here are some of the reasons why the navigation bar buttons should be better for you...

If you have exhausted all other avenues, using one of the Search Boxes should find what you seek, provided we actually have it.


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Although this is an immensely powerful tool, it must be used carefully and it does not present results in alphabetical order of page name. FreeFind does not try to help you with misspelt words or by offering alternatives with a similar meaning; it's up to you to be accurate. If you search on a common word or phrase, expect to be inundated; if you search on too precise a phrase or a misspelling, you will miss your objective. Judicious use of the options in "advanced search" (on the results page) will enable you to strike a balance; to check that we haven't spelt a word differently from your way, look at "index" (on the results page).

This Search is particularly useful for finding a dance whose name includes a distinctive word but not at the beginning. For example, searching on "Auchterarder" finds the dance crib, the crib diagram and the videos for the dance, "Ian Powrie's Farewell to Auchterarder"; however, it does also find ten other pages, mostly index pages but also some technical terms and advice pages.

It is also good for identifying those dances with a particular, and preferably rare, characteristic; for example, searching on "10 Bar Phrases", as an "exact phrase" and with the "case insensitive" option, shows nine dances in that format and only five other pages. However, if the preparer had used the expression "10 Bar Music" in his/her crib for a dance, you would not have found it when searching on "10 Bar Phrases". Similarly, if you search for "10 Bar Music" as an "exact phrase", the only page you will be offered is this one.

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Using Search This Site With Google

This is also an immensely powerful tool but, like FreeFind, does not offer results in alphabetical order of page name. The Sort by Date option is not useful since the date is that of the most recent update to each page, however trivial.

Google Search is particularly helpful over some misspellings but is less clearly under the user's control; for example, we have no knowledge of what use Google makes of the mass of personal information about each of us which it has accumulated from our search history.

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