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Search Tips

The Digital Library of Georgia Web site provides two searching methods to allow users to choose the method that best fits their searching needs: 1) simple search and 2) advanced search. Both searching methods allow users to access individual documents, images, or clips.

If you're having trouble selecting search terms, see our help page on creating a search strategy.

Simple Search: Locating Items

When using the simple search box on the DLG home page, you are searching for individual documents, images, or moving image or sound clips. The DLG search engine requires that each word that you enter in the search box appear in a record for it to be displayed as part of your search results.

This search ...... would find ...... these results.
Jimmy Carter camelliasrecords with all three words[View results of sample search]
airships Brunswickrecords with both words[View results of sample search]

You can also use the boolean operators "or" and "not" in your search strategy. Any time you use "or" or "not" in the search box, the query will be interpreted in this way.

Currently, the DLG's search engine does not provide for phrase searching using quotation marks.

To improve your search results, you may wish to use truncation to search for variant forms of a word or browse the indexes to find topical search terms, creators, titles, or institutions represented in the Digital Library's collection of item records.

Using the advanced search will also give you more control over your search.

Advanced Search: Locating Items

The Advanced Search allows you to narrow your query by searching multiple areas of the item descriptions at once by using boolean operators and by limiting to either collection, institution, date of the item, or media type. For more detailed information on using the advanced search, see the Advanced Search help page.