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Choose a period of interest under the tab "Browse" in the navigation menu on the left, e.g. Records/Appendices 1918 - 1942. Clicking on it opens a list of all legislative periods of this time in the left navigation menu. You can select the volume you are interested in among the legislative periods of this time. Each volume has a table of contents, enabling you to easily navigate to a specific session or appendix. The tables of contents of the volumes additionally provide a link to the DFG Viewer, with which you can browse the volume alternatively, as well as a link to a PDF download, which enables you to download single pages of a volume or the entire volume. The pages of a volume can be browsed advancing either one page at a time or in steps of five or ten pages. The two links to the DFG Viewer and the PDF download are provided here as well. The displayed page of the Reichstag volume can furthermore be rotated by 90 or 270 degrees or be enlarged.


Clicking on "Year/Date" under the tab "Search" in the navigation menu enables you to search for a year or a session date in the scans of the Reichstag session reports. If you check the button "Search for year", please enter the year in the format YYYY, e.g. 1869. If you select the button "Search for date", please enter the searched date in the format DD.MM.YYYY, e.g. 11.05.1869.
In order to search the full text indices of the Reichstag session reports, click on "Indices". Unless the settings are modified, a keyword search is performed in all indices and periods. Alternatively, you can search the full text of the indices or search for a PND number by checking the relevant radio button. The PND search enables you to search for a specific PND number. The PND is the identification number of the normalized file of personal names (Personenennamendatei), which has to consist of nine numerals or letters, e.g. 117761745. The PND search is automatically performed in the speaker indices of all time segments.
You can also search for a term in only one or two indices or likewise in one or two periods. Simply check the corresponding boxes. The Reichstag session reports 1867 - 1895 with the precursor parliaments of the North German Confederation and the German Customs Union contain a speaker index and a general index, the Reichstag session reports 1895 - 1918 contain a speaker index, a subject index and a general index. The Reichstag session reports 1918 - 1942 contain a speaker index and a subject index.
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