How to Search
  • How to Search
  • Too Many Hits
  • Too Few Hits
  • No Results
  • Stopwords
  • Accents, Punctuation and Case
  • Viewing and Navigating Search Results Listings

    How to Search

    * Word or Phrase Search
    * Browse

    Keyword or Phrase Search looks for words in titles, names, captions, and descriptions according to the type of search chosen:
    * Should contain some of the words -- broadest search; finds items that use at least one of the words anywhere in their descriptions
    * Must contain all of the words -- narrower search; finds items that use each word somewhere in their descriptions
    * An exact phrase -- most restrictive search; finds only items whose descriptions use the words next to each other in the order specified
    * An asterisk at the end of a word tells the search to find any extended versions of the word -- for example, photograph* will find photographs, photographic, etc.)

    Browse displays lists of exact names, titles, subjects and material formats used to describe the collections.

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    Too Many Hits
    1. Choose more specific search words.
    2. Use browse lists for Subjects, Names, Titles or Formats. The exact terms used in the bibliographic records of the collection appear in the lists and will link to records containing those terms.
    3. Use the Related Subjects link in the bibliographic record for exact subject terms and links to records containing that subject.

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    Too Few Hits
    1. Choose less specific search words or use synonyms.
    2. Use browse lists for Subject, Names, Titles or Formats. The exact terms used in the bibliographic records of the collection appear in the lists and will link to the records containing those terms.
    3. Use the Subjects list in the bibliographic record display. Each of the subjects will link to a list of records containing that subject.

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    No Results
    1. Choose words that might have been more common when and where the collections were created.
    * Try older terminology.
    * Try alternate spellings such as Gipsey for gypsy.
    2. Use specific names.

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    Stopwords
    Some very common words, such as conjunctions, articles and prepositions (e.g. and, not, the) are ignored.

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    Accents/Diacritics, Punctuation and Case
    Accents/Diacritics are not required. Accents, diacritics and punctuation are not required. Case of letters (i.e. uppercase or lowercase) is ignored.

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    Viewing and Navigating Search Results
    Search results consist of descriptive records, and links, and indicate how many records are in the result which may extend over several pages. For each record, the text "View Images" links to the digital object(s) described by the record; click on "View Catalog Record" link to see full bibliographic information. The group's first index image page contains up to twelve images; additional index images continue on subsequent pages. Each of the group's index images links to the target digital object.

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