Searching Tips

When performing a search in the upper right-hand corner of the site, there are three options to choose from. The default is Keyword.

Keyword: Similar to Google Search, a keyword search returns results ordered by relevance. Searching on "ancient warfare" will prioritize records that contain the full string "ancient warfare", but will also include records that contain the individual words "ancient" or "warfare".

Boolean: Allows greater fine-tuning than keyword search but does not return results by relevance. Do this by using certain characters at the beginning or end of words in the search string. Some examples:

+ A leading plus sign indicates that this word must be present.

-  A leading minus sign indicates that this word must not be present.

* An appended asterisk serves as the truncation (or wildcard) operator. Words match if they begin with the word preceding the * operator.

" A phrase that is enclosed within double quote characters matches only rows that contain the phrase literally, as it was typed

Exact match: Returns records that contain at least one match to the order of words entered, like "Civil War". Use this search type if you need to search short words, like "war", and the keyword/boolean searches do not produce results.

Advanced Searching Tips

There is also an Advanced Search option.  To get to Advanced Search, select the maroon ellipsis next to the search bar and click on the link "Advanced Search (Items Only)".  Advanced Search allows you to limit your search to specific collections, fields, and item types.

One thing to take note of when performing any searches using Advanced Search is that searches require an exact match.  It searches the query entered in the field as an exact substring of any item metadata.  For example, if the title of an item is "The Brown Dog Runs", "brown" "dog" and "brown dog" would all match, but not "dog brown".

RSS Feed

The SJC Digital Archives offers the ability to set up notifications when new content is added to the site.  You can set up an RSS feed through your preferred RSS reader (, etc.) to notify you when new content is added.  This functionality is available for the site as a whole (ALL items), or by Collection (only items in that particular Collection).  For ALL items, use the following URL to copy and paste into your feed reader:

Or, for individual collections, please use the following URLs:

Additionally, there are other output formats available.  For more information on any of these formats, please refer to the Omeka site.  Please contact the site administrator for additional information or help.