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You can search for a resource in two ways. To use the Keyword Search, type your search term into the Keyword Search box and either hit return or click the button next to the box. To use the Advanced Search, visit the Advanced Search page, enter your search term(s), and click the Search button.
Keyword Search allows you to search for one word or phrase without any customization of the search process. It will locate your search term(s) anywhere in the resource record.
Advanced Search provides options to refine your search strategy, including searching for combinations of words or phrases, limiting the search by a variety of variables, and customizing how you will see the search results.
A number of strategies allow you to maximize your use of Quick Keyword Search and Advanced Search:
Faceted Search is a way to filter the results of a Keyword Search or an Advanced Search you have performed.
After conducting a Keyword or Advanced Search, you will receive a comprehensive list of results that meet your stated search criteria. You may, however, wish to narrow your search results even further to find those resources that best meet your needs. Faceted Search is great way to do so.
On the Search Results page, you will see a column titled "Narrow Your Search”; this is the menu for Faceted Search. Beneath this heading are the names of various fields (e.g. resource type, format, language, etc.), also called facets, which can be used to filter your results.
Filtering with Facets
Click on the "+" sign displayed beside each facet name to expand the options for that facet. A new list of search terms will appear below the selected facet. Click the search term you want to use to narrow the search, and the search results will be filtered based on this criteria.
You may make use of any number of facets to filter your search; applying
multiple facets results in a Boolean AND search. For example, a search
for the following would retrieve instructional videos on manufacturing:
Applying multiple search terms under a single facet also results in a
Boolean AND search. For example, a search for the following would retrieve
civil war materials that are available in both English and Spanish:
To minimize a facet, click on the "-" sign displayed next to the expanded facet name. Minimizing a facet only hides the list of search terms from view; it does not remove any filters from your search.
Refining your Results
A list of your applied search criteria will appear on the page with
your search results. This list includes both the criteria set in the
original Advanced Search, as well as any chosen filters applied using
To remove any of the filters applied using the Faceted Search menu, simply click the "X" next to the the bolded search term in the Faceted Search menu. You can also narrow your search results by using the "Refine search" button. Unlike the facets, "Refine search" allows you to edit your keywords and search terms.
Search operators are symbols that are added to search queries in order to more finely control the results returned by the search. A number of search operators can be used in the Keyword Search box to define search terms with a greater degree of specificity:
You can search for several words next to each other by enclosing them in
If you want only results that do not mention a specific term, you can
exclude that term by prepending a minus sign:
To match a word or phrase exactly, immediately precede it with an equals sign:
You can search for dates within a specific range by entering a beginning and
end date separated by spaces and a dash:
To search for values before or after a certain date, precede the date with the
To browse all resources included in the database, visit the Browse Resources page. The number in parentheses to the right of each topical subject gives you information about how many sub-topics or records are associated with that topic heading. Topics get more specific as you drill down. To go back to previous topic level(s), click on them at the top of the page or use the back button on your browser.
The New Resources area can be found on the home page. This list contains the most recently added resources.