How to Use the Archives

There are many ways to find what you are looking for in the archives:

  • If you are not sure what you are specifically looking for, and just want to explore the data:
    •  The front page has a complete listing of all groups and individuals in the archive. Click on a group to look at and search their documents.
    • Advanced search: Use the categories provided to see what groups fall under which categories. You might be surprised.
    • Top Anti-environmental Groups: see which groups we think are some of the big players from the anti-environmental movement.
  • If you know what you are looking for:
    • Use our “Advanced Search” page: this page lets you use the document cloud search engine, a powerful search engine that will comb through the text of over 27,000 pages to find what you are looking for.
    • If you can’t find what you are looking for, try to type in variations of your search term.
      • Example: You are looking for “Foundation for Research on Economics and the Environment,” so you type that search into the search engine, specifically.
      • If nothing comes up, it could be because your search term was too long. Try “Economies and the Environment”.
      • The shorter your search term the more likely you will be to find what you are looking for.
      • Most of these documents are 25 to 15 years old and have been through copy machines, fax machines, and emails many times over, so the text of some documents has been degraded, making the searchable text not always perfect.
  • How to Download your documents:
    • At the bottom of the page with your documents, click on the link that has your total amount of documents. This will take you to the document cloud page where you can preview the text and analyze the documents.

  • To download your documents, select the documents you wish to download, click "save" on the document cloud tool bar, and save the documents how you like.

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