Web Search Help


Basic Search

Basic Search can be used to search a single word, group of words, or exact phrase. It will search for keyword, place and subject.
It is often the best place to start a search. The search can be refined by using the drop down boxes.
This search is best used where there is likely to be a limited number of results, eg a name, a small place or locality or a specific term. If you wish to perform a more complex search use Advanced Search.
To search type your word(s), phrase or number in the search box.
The search will automatically truncate your term unless the 'exact phrase' option is used for searching, i.e. a search for jan will also find Jane, Jandowae, janitor etc.
Tip: using fewer search terms can give you a better result; for example, school files may not have the word 'school' in their description.

Search Method:
When searching for an image using words or phrases finding a match depends on whether a search is for all words, any words, or the exact phrase.
All of the words – This is a Boolean “and” search. It will find captions or descriptions which include all of the terms you have entered, in any order. This search automatically truncates, ie a search for fort will also find Fortitude, Fort Lytton, etc.

Any of the words – This is a Boolean “or” search. It will find captions or descriptions which contain at least one of the terms you have entered. This search automatically truncates, ie a search for jan will also find Jane, Jandowae, janitor etc.

Exact phrase – This will find the words together as an exact phrase – in the exact order and with no intervening words. For example, an 'exact phrase' search for Brisbane Botanical Gardens will not find the Image labelled Brisbane City Botanical Gardens. This search does not automatically truncate, ie a search for jan will find records which contain that word but will not find words such as Jane, janitor etc.

Sort results by: You can choose to have your results sorted according to caption, decade (earliest first), or by Image ID number.

Display: You may also choose the number of records you see on the results screen, with options being 5, 10, 20 or 30.


Click the Search button or Press the Enter key to find the records. If you make a mistake with your search terms you can click Clear to clear the search boxes and start again. If your search is successful a Search Results Summary will be displayed