The database can be searched in several ways, including by collection name, item description and date of the item's publication. Please note, this is an index, meaning only the publication date of the newspaper is noted, not the date of the event itself.
Also, please note that since this database is one of the library's older digital records, dates are not formatted consistently. Some dates include the month spelled out, while other dates are listed with the month as a number. To yield more results, it is best to only search by year.
Instead of trying to fill in all the search boxes, try searching first by description. If this search is too broad (if too many names appear in your results) then back up and revise your search by adding a year or an item type.