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Advanced Search

The Advanced Search screen may be used to create more precise searches by choosing from a variety of options. This search screen is helpful if you are looking for specific items or if you wish to retrieve a narrow set of search results.

To begin a search using the default settings, enter the word(s) you want to search for in one or more of the Search for: input boxes, then click the Start Search button (the enter key will not start a search on this screen). The default settings will search for your terms within titles, notes, subjects, creators, and geographic areas.

Use the following options to. . .

  • COMBINE SEARCH TERMS -- Specify how multiple words are treated within a single input box.
    For example, words entered in a single input box as: Atlanta Braves baseball
    with this setting ... ...which assumes:...would be searched as if ...... and you would retrieve:
    all of theseAND between words Atlanta (and) Braves (and) baseball[View results of sample search]
    any of theseOR between wordsAtlanta (or) Braves (or) baseball[View results of sample search]

  • CHOOSE SEARCH TYPE -- Select from the pull-down menu of options to search in (Abstract, City or County, Creator, etc.).
  • COMBINE SEARCHES -- Specify how the searches are to be combined if more than one input box is used.
    This setting ...... would find
    ANDresults from both (or all) of the input boxes
    ORresults from either (or any) of the input boxes
    NOTresults that exclude the terms entered:

  • LIMIT SEARCHES -- Narrow your search even further.

    Limit ...... would find
    by Institutionitems that fit your search criteria AND that are related to the specified institution
    by Collectionitems that fit your search criteria AND that are part of the specified collection
    by Date or rangeitems that fit your search criteria AND were created during the specified date range
    by Media typeitems that fit your search criteria AND that are the specified media type