Basic Searching Help

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Users have the option of performing basic or advanced searches. The basic search box is located on the home page. Basic search options are limited to state, time period, and key words located near each other.

For basic searches, results listed first are most likely to be relevant to your search. Results will appear higher in the list when they contain

Your searches will yield better results if you keep the following points in mind:

This site's search engine utilizes language-specific dictionaries to include word variants for your search terms. This is often called stemming. For example, the search term house, when stemmed in English, would also return words like houses and housing.

For more search options, see Advanced Search Help.