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A standard search will search all three collections. The three collections come from the School of Scottish Studies Archives (University of Edinburgh), BBC Scotland and the National Trust for Scotland's Canna Collection.

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In Advanced Search you can search using more than one field and limit searches in different ways e.g. by date. This is best used for complex searches.

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