DIGITAL ARCHIVES ADVANCED SEARCH HELP
To execute a search type one or more search terms into one or more search boxes then press Enter on your keyboard, or scroll to the bottom of the page and click the Submit Query button.
Searches in the Digital Archives are NOT case sensitive. For example, searches for mauthausen, Mauthausen, and MAUTHAUSEN will all retrieve the same results.
Combining search terms (and, or, not) within a search box
AND is assumed between words typed in a query box
(letter train will retrieve records containing both words)
Words separated by OR (must be upper case) means find either word (or both)
(Belgium OR Poland will retrieve records containing either word, or both)
Exclude a word by immediately preceding it with a hyphen
(letter –train will retrieve records containing the first word but NOT the second)
Combining search terms in more than one search box
The drop-down arrows at the left of each search box allow you to combine terms from more than one search box with AND, OR, or NOT.
Use an asterisk (*) to search truncated words. For example, art* will find records containing the words art, artist, artists, artistic, article, artisan, and any other word beginning with the letters art.
To search for an exact phrase, put quotation marks around your search term.
Dates are entered into our database in the format MM-DD-YYYY. You can search for an exact date if you know
it, or you can search for a month and year (MM-YYYY), or a year (YYYY). NOTE: use hyphens (MM-DD-YYYY) NOT slashes, e.g.
(MM/DD/YYYY) WILL NOT
Search for a range of dates using a colon (:) to separate the beginning and end of the range.
Here are some examples of date searches:
If you enter in the “Date” search box: You will retrieve:
1945 Records dated within the year 1945
06-1945 Records dated within June of 1945
1930 : 1939 Records
01-1945 : 04-1945 Records
Selecting from a list of choices
The Digital Archives offers 2 methods of selecting a search term from a list of choices.
Some of the search boxes (Language, Format) have a drop-down arrow at the right of the box; this arrow will display a list of choices for those boxes.
Some of the search boxes have a button at the right that says Browse Choices. Clicking this button will open up a window which will allow you to browse and select from the indexes which are being searched in that search box. More help on this feature is available by clicking the Help button in this window.