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Advanced Search

Advanced Search lets you use more precise searching if you know exactly what you are looking for. It lets you search specific fields and combine 2 or more search criteria using Boolean operators AND or OR.

There are a number of defaults that display when you first bring up the Advanced Search page. You can easily change the search field (e.g. keywords, titles, authors etc.) from the dropdown menu.

  • To add a row (field), click on the + symbol after the label AND or OR then select Add Condition
  • To delete a row, click on the X before the field label

The default AND finds only records that match all the search criteria in every row. Each row you add (more criteria) with AND will make your search more precise (and limit the number of records found).

Click on the AND label to change it to OR if you want to expand your search and find records that match criteria in any of the rows.

Take the mouse and hover over the first section and it will allow you to change the field to be searched.

The comparison (middle) section has a list of options you can select.

Finally the <enter the value> allows you to either type in a value or pick it from a drop down.

Building a more complex search

  1. Run a search using AND (e.g. "Subjects" contains charter )
  2. Click on the + symbol after the label AND then select Add Group
  3. Select label OR then click on + to add search fields (e.g. "Authors" contains abella ; "Authors" contains bayefsky )

Note: Always enter the AND search term(s) first, then add the OR group

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