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20th Oct '13 3:39:52 AM SeptimusHeap
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There are plenty of ways to find that trope you're looking for.

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* Use our inbuilt search engine. It's under Tools, click on "Title Search".
** However, the on-site search function looks for the exact words you type in (with and without spaces), and some of our titles are [[WordSaladTitle rather misleading]], metaphorical, or [[TropeNamer allusive]], so it may not be the best way to find a page you're looking for.
* Look up a series, book, or story that contains a very clear example of the trope you have in mind, then skim the "Tropes" list or the list of pages that link to it (accessible via the "related to" button at the top of the page.)
* Use the Google custom search bar, located at the top of the page.
** You can also add [[http://www.google.com/search?q=site:tvtropes.org+&ie=utf-8&oe=utf-8&aq=t&rls=org.mozilla:en-US:official&client=firefox-a "site:tvtropes.org"]] to the phrase you're searching for in regular Google, to limit your search to the wiki.
* [[ArchiveBinge Read all the way through]] the basic trope indices, such as NarrativeDevices or {{Characters}}. If you're new, you'll laugh at this one. Don't worry, [[TVTropesWillRuinYourLife it'll happen soon enough]].
** If you're lucky, there'll be a smaller index that your trope very obviously ought to belong to if it already exists (like, say, TitleTropes). If so, read through that. IndexIndex is a list of all existing indexes.
* Post on LostAndFound, and let other tropers do the work for you!
* Ask on the {{Troper IRC Channel}}. This method, again, lets other tropers do the work for you!
* Find a related trope; these will often have compare/contrast links at the end of the article.

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There are plenty of ways to find that trope you're looking for.

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* Use our inbuilt search engine. It's under Tools, click on "Title Search".
** However, the on-site search function looks for the exact words you type in (with and without spaces), and some of our titles are [[WordSaladTitle rather misleading]], metaphorical, or [[TropeNamer allusive]], so it may not be the best way to find a page you're looking for.
* Look up a series, book, or story that contains a very clear example of the trope you have in mind, then skim the "Tropes" list or the list of pages that link to it (accessible via the "related to" button at the top of the page.)
* Use the Google custom search bar, located at the top of the page.
** You can also add [[http://www.google.com/search?q=site:tvtropes.org+&ie=utf-8&oe=utf-8&aq=t&rls=org.mozilla:en-US:official&client=firefox-a "site:tvtropes.org"]] to the phrase you're searching for in regular Google, to limit your search to the wiki.
* [[ArchiveBinge Read all the way through]] the basic trope indices, such as NarrativeDevices or {{Characters}}. If you're new, you'll laugh at this one. Don't worry, [[TVTropesWillRuinYourLife it'll happen soon enough]].
** If you're lucky, there'll be a smaller index that your trope very obviously ought to belong to if it already exists (like, say, TitleTropes). If so, read through that. IndexIndex is a list of all existing indexes.
* Post on LostAndFound, and let other tropers do the work for you!
* Ask on the {{Troper IRC Channel}}. This method, again, lets other tropers do the work for you!
* Find a related trope; these will often have compare/contrast links at the end of the article.

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12th Feb '11 9:25:33 AM randomsurfer
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**Do a "body search" for a term that might be in the article. This works pretty well.
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