Using Advanced Search

  Using Advanced Search

After you have selected the “Advanced Search link, you will be presented with the Advanced Search screen. Let’s go through each entry box, line by line:

Search By Name

Here you can enter a first name, or a last name, or both.  If you choose to enter both a first name and a last name, the search acts if you are entering a phrase, so if you enter the name Abraham Lincoln, the search will act as if you entered “Abraham Lincoln” with the quotes included.

Find Pages With This Exact Word or Phrase

If you enter more than one word, this entry functions the same as if you are entering a phrase search.  If you have used a Google search for example and you are interested in articles about the Montgomery Bus Boycott, you would attach quotes to the beginning and the end, i.e., “Montgomery Bus Boycott”.  While using this Search Portal, the quotes are unnecessary, so you would just enter Montgomery Bus Boycott.  So, any page that has at least one occurrence of those three words, in order, separated by a space would return articles with those three words in them.

Find Pages With All These Words

In this box you enter all the words that must appear on the same page so that page will be returned in the search results. They can be separated by a space or a comma. This functions exactly like a Boolean AND. So, if you entered word1 word2 word3, that functions exactly like word1 AND word2 AND word3.

Find Pages With Any of These Words

In this box you enter all of the words that must appear on any page. All of the words do not have to appear on the same page. They can be separated by a space or a comma. This functions exactly like a Boolean OR. So, if you entered word1 word2 word3, that functions exactly like word1 OR word2 OR word3.

Find Pages With None of These Words

In this box you enter all of the words that do not appear on pages.  You must have entered a search that includes “Last Name”, or “Exact Word or Phrase”, or “All of These Words”, or “Any of These Words”. A simple example would be that you are looking for someone with a Last Name of “Lincoln” but you don’t want any pages that have “Abraham Lincoln.” In that case, you would enter the word Abraham in the None of These Words box. This functions exactly like a Boolean NOT.  So, for our example it would be “NOT Abraham”.

Location Entries

In these four boxes you have the option of limiting your search results to Country, State, City, and/or Publication Title. These four boxes are drop downs, so after you have selected “Country”, the software will return all of the titles for that country.  Likewise, if you wish to narrow to a specific state, you would select that state from the State dropdown.  You can then narrow by City the same way, and lastly by Title.

Date Entries

In these boxes you have the option of limiting your search results to a specific year, or set of years, or even a specific exact date or date range. Just select the dates of interest by using the drop-downs for Year, Month, and Day.  These operate left to right.

Search Button

After you have entered all your search parameters, just depress the Search Button and the search will commence.  Your search results will appear on another page.

Clear Button

If you wish to clear all of the entries in the search boxes, just depress Clear and the boxes will be emptied.