You can select one or more collections to search and submit simple or complex queries against those collections. To conduct a search, follow these steps:
Basic search is the simplest search; it lets you look for a single word or phrase (using Boolean "and") in a designated area of the text. Because it is less specific, sometimes your search results will be larger than for advanced searches that let you be more specific in your search query.
View of the basic search box:
To use the basic search:
Advanced search lets you look for combinations of up to three terms or phrases using Boolean connector terms (and, or, not).
View of the advanced search box:
To use the advanced search:
Civil in the first box, war in the second box, and the and operator between would look for all instances of civil and war in the specified region.
Civil in the first box, war in the second box, and the or operator between would look for all instances of civil or war in the specified region.
Civil in the first box, war in the second box, and the not operator between would look for all instances of civil that occur without war occurring in the specified region.
Example: World in the first box, followed by the and operator Socialism in the second box followed by the or operator Poverty in the last box will be evaluated as ( world and socialism ) or poverty
Browse lets you view the complete list of finding aids. Browse lists can be sorted alphabetically, either by title or creator.
Here are some helpful tips to keep in mind when you are searching the finding aids:
The search engine uses string matching to determine search hits. That means, for each query term, the primary rule is this: what you put in the form text box is literally what the search engine will look for. This includes complete phrases. Exceptions to the primary are as follows:
Example: searching for "work*" will match works, worker, working, etc.
Example: searching for anti-slavery and anti slavery will match both phrases.
Example: searching for Love will match "LOVE," "Love," and "love."
Other helpful tips:
Select specific areas of a text: Select the "Search in" pull-down menu to specify specific areas-names, places, subjects, collection title, repository-of a finding aid to search within.
Searching the collections: You can broaden or narrow your search depending on which collections you select. Selecting more collections will usually result in a higher number of matches.
Select the search button: Not all browsers will allow you to submit a search form by hitting the 'enter' or 'return' key. This is especially the case for forms with more than one input text box. To be safe, always select the search button.
The search results display gives you a quick overview of your multiple collection search results and easy access to a variety of viewing options for the items in the list.
The parts of the results display include:
Sorting is available for most results lists and allows users to order results based on the following options: title, frequency.
From each item in the list, a viewer has four options:
The search history keeps a record of the searches you have submitted during your current search session. The history keeps track of your search terms, the collections that were searched, and a summary of your results. The search terms are displayed as links that, if clicked, will resubmit the search.
The basket lets you select items as you search or browse collections and hold them for the duration of your current search session. Records in your basket can be saved to your desktop or emailed to any email address. You can also search items in your basket collectively, as well as link to any item directly.
You can add items to your basket from the results list, the outline view, or while viewing the full text. In the results list, under each record, is an "add this to my basket" link, as shown:
View of a record display result with an "add this to my basket" link.
To add an item to the basket, simply select the corresponding link. The number of items in the basket will be updated in the right side portion of the top navigation bar.
You can view your basket contents from any page by clicking the "basket" link located on the right side portion of the top navigation bar.
View of the "basket" link located on the top navigation bar:
All the features in the basket are available from the main basket page.
A typical record in the basket is shown below. When you email records or download them, they will be sent or saved as plain text files (.txt).
Item record features: