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The keyword search will take the words you type in and search the collection for instances of those words in the category you have selected (Title, Date, Photographic or Geographic Subject and Description). It will search phrases such as man in hat or an exact word such as cricket.

If you do not find what you're looking for using the keyword search, try using alternate spellings of your keyword. Try McDonald for MacDonald, or McKinnen for MacKinnon. Because names were often spelled phonetically and written out by hand on the glass negatives, they may have been misspelled and so it is best to try every logical combination.

Wildcard searches can expand the number of matches for a particular request. The * character is used as the wildcard character.

Use a plus sign when your search term or phrase must appear in the search results. Use a minus sign to indicate undesirable term(s). The plus sign tells the search engine that a certain word or phrase is required in the search results, and a minus sign indicates that a word or phrase must be absent in the search results.

Capitalize proper nouns, and remember that lower-case words will match any case. For example, typing search will return all documents containing the words search, Search, and SEARCH. Typing Search, however, will instruct the search engine to look only for the capitalized word.


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