How to find stuff in The Chat
Issues of The Chat from 1970 to present are in pdf files resident on the web site and thus are searchable via major search engines such as Google. You can use this form to search The Chat for years 1970 and later via Google:
Issues from 1937 through 1969 are referenced via links to the Biodiversity Heritage Library web site. This web site does not appear to be indexed by Google; however it has its own search facility. To search all years of The Chat, including issues not searchable by Google, use this Biodiversity Heritage Library search form:
Briefs for The Files and Bird Records Committee databasesThere is a separate database for looking up species entries in Briefs for the Files and/or annual reports of the Bird Records Committees. Access this database at https://www.carolinabirdclub.org/chat/database.html.
From Volume 22 (1958) through Volume 77 (2013), the final issue of each volume includes an index for the volume. These indexes can be consulted directly for manual look-up. For Volumes 35 (1971) through 80 (2016), the contents of these indexes are in an online database at https://www.carolinabirdclub.org/chat/index/ which provides links to referenced content.
Since Volume 80 (2016) we rely entirely on search engines for indexing.
Three times a printed cumulative index of multiple volumes was published. These are available online as “printed” cumulative indices.
Tables of contents
At the crudest level of search, you can browse tables of contents under https://www.carolinabirdclub.org/chat/issues/.