Searching the Photograph Database
You can use the search box to enter words and phrases and find photograph information associated with those terms. Two important things to note: all search terms should be at least four characters long and many of the most common words (i.e. 'about', 'wherever', 'concerning', etc.) are not indexed. The more fully you can describe what you are looking for, the better your search results will be.
The search engine uses a standard boolean full-text search. For more accurate searches, you can use the following operators:
- " " [quotation marks]
- A phrase that is enclosed within double quote (‘"’) characters matches only photograph entries that contain the phrase literally, as it was typed. This will find only the exact phrase and is case sensative. Entering the search phrase "robert glenn" will not find instances of "Robert Glenn" or "glenn robert".
- ( ) [parentheses]
- Parentheses are used to group words into subexpressions. Parenthesized groups can be nested.
- + [plus sign]
- A leading plus sign indicates that this word must be present in every photograph entry returned.
- - [minus sign]
- A leading minus sign indicates that this word must not be present in any photograph entry returned.
- * [asterisk]
- An asterisk is the truncation operator, it allows you to search for words starting with your search term. Unlike the other operators, it should be appended to the word. For example: 'house*' will find 'house' and 'houses' but not 'housing'.