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Tips on searching
Start by searching for a specific word, such as a last name, in the year the article was printed. If you know specific words ought to be in the archive, enclose them in parentheses, as in (Home Shopping Network).
To find an obituary
Obituaries posted since October 1998 can be found using obit and the person’s name as a keyword search. For example, type: obit - williams in the search box. Before October 1998, all of the obituaries for a given day of the week are in one long file. If you are searching for a Smith, it will be part of a file that you’ll see starting with Abbott, Adams or Abercrombie — or some name at the beginning of the alphabet, as that is how obituaries are listed. Smith will appear on that list when you download the file.
To find a column
Doug Doughty’s College Notebook column: column(college notebook)
To find stories written by a particular reporter
byline(laurence hammack) or byline(hammack)
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The online archives are intended as a convenience for those who prefer to do their research on roanoke.com. You can always research Roanoke Times articles free of charge at the Roanoke Public Library.
Can I post a Roanoke Times archival article on my website?
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Can I link to a Roanoke Times archival article from my website?
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