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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 Kentucky Derby will return records associated with Kentucky OR Derby). 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. "Kentucky Derby"). 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.

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. The best fields for beginning a search are the artist, people, subject and author fields. All information in the artist, people and author fields should be entered last name first, such as Shoemaker, Bill. The subject field works best by entering proper nouns like names of horses, such as Secretariat, or names of races, such as Kentucky Derby. As you begin to find records through these fields, you'll notice that every record has associated collection names, catalog numbers and object names. Using this information in its corresponding area on the Advanced Search page may turn up additional results. As a final reminder, 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 / 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 objects, click the Objects 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. The Archives catalog includes unpublished materials such as personal papers, business records and media. The Libraries catalog contains published material such as books and magazines.