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Archives: Advanced Search Basics

A guide on how to use and search the HPU Archives

Advanced Search Basics

The Advanced Search option can help you build a highly specific search. For example, let's say we want to find all references to Roberts Hall between 1950 and 1954. First, to access the Advanced Search, click on the link just below the search box.

You can choose to search specific collections, but for this search we'll search through all collections. Using the drop-down menu, we can narrow our search by field such as title, creator, and language. The default for this field is "all fields." For this search we will choose to search by subject.

After typing in our search term, using the drop-down menu next to the search box we can choose whether to search all of the words (both "Roberts" and "Hall" in any order), any of the words (either "Roberts" or "Hall" in any context), the exact phrase (only "Roberts Hall" in that order), or none of the words. The default for this field is "all of the words." For this search, we're going to choose to search for the exact phrase.

After clicking "search," we can see that this returns three results. Instead of having to wade through a large number of publications and images we don't want, we can automatically narrow down the small number of results that we do want.