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Basic Search Tips
- Begin your search with a keyword search (e.g. Parks, Dogs, Crime, Bridges).
- Do not use quotation marks or Boolean operators (i.e., AND, OR, NOT) in keyword searches.
- Search terms must be spelled correctly, but order and case do not matter.
- Use facets (side bar links) to narrow results. Facet options change from collection to collection.
- Results when searching across all collections will default to sorting by description. Date sort will only work for objects with an exact date, not a year or decade.
- Find related material by clicking on the hyperlinked text in the metadata.
Advanced Search Tips
- Click button in top right corner of page "Advanced Search".
- Check box next to collections you wish to search.
- Click save.
- Enter search terms, choosing fields you wish to search.
- If needed click "Add Row" to add more search terms. Be sure to change the search method to "AND" or "OR".
- Include date, if needed
- Press search.
- Advanced search allows for searching an exact phrase.
- Advanced search allows for excluding terms (i.e., “none of the words”).
- Use “Any of the words” to do an OR search—this only works for single-word searches (ex: baseball football—this search will show results for baseball OR football).
- Date search is fickle. Better results generally come from leaving out a date.
- Searches in quotations DO work, however, once you get inside the document they do NOT.
- Reenter the search without quotes once inside the document.
Over the years the Bulletin utilized a number of recurring sections that make browsing for certain information much easier. A few of these sections are listed below:
"News From the Districts":