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Tips for Searching

Keyword Search

The Keyword Search button allows you to perform a general search across multiple fields for any catalog records online. Keyword searches use OR as the default connector between words (e.g. a search for North Church will return records associated with North OR Church). 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. "Portsmouth Naval Shipyard"). 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.). Searches are not case sensitive.

Search by Term

The Search by Term button allows you to search or browse by: Search Term which includes local place-names, house names, ship names and street names (e.g. Market Street or Piscataqua River); People including the full record with biographical information (e.g. Thaxter, Celia); and Subjects which are general subject headings (e.g. history or diaries). Just click on the first letter of a term or last name of a person and scroll down the list to click on the item you wish to search.

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 search results. For example, searching White in the People field will bring up any records associated with a member of the White family, without having to sift through black & White photographs. You can also search People records through Advanced Search. 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 collection. Each Random Images page displays a random assortment of images from the records online. 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, wildcards (*) as well as AND/OR statements are available when performing catalog searches.

People Biographies

The full People record with biography information is accessible by doing an Advanced Search for People: "last name, first name" (e.g. "Jones, Frank"), or by clicking on the name listed on an individual catalog record.