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Tips for Searching

Keyword Search

The Keyword Search button allows you to perform a general search in the Local History Online Collection. Keyword searches use OR as the default connector between words (e.g. a search for Shield Yearbook will return records associated with Shield OR Yearbook). If you want to find records where both keywords are found, type in AND between the two words. To search for a specific phrase, be sure to put the phrase within quotes (e.g. "1967 Tornado"). You can also use the asterisk (*) as a wildcard (e.g. a search for histor* would come up with records containing history, histories, historical, etc.).

Advanced Search

The Advanced Search button can help you be more specific with your search. You can search for a word or phrase within a particular search category or use multiple categories to further narrow down your results. For example, searching Behrend in the description field will bring up any records associated with a member of the Behrend family. Phrase searching with quotes and use of wildcards (*) are available in Advanced Search.

Random Images

The Random Images button is a great way to just browse the Local History Online Collection. If something piques your interest, click the thumbnail to view a larger version of the image.

Catalog Searches (Archives / Photos / Libraries / Objects)

The catalog buttons can also help narrow down your search, by only searching with a selected catalog. If you only want to search for Photos, click the Photos button and type in your keyword(s) or phrase. You can also browse records within that catalog without performing a search. Phrase searching with quotes, wildcards (*) as well as AND/OR statements are available when performing catalog searches.