There are two options for searching:
Basic search provides one search box. The terms entered are searched across multiple elements (or fields) of the descriptions of images. This search is the broader one.
Advanced search offers additional boxes and allows one to search specific fields. It also provides the option of applying filters to specify geographic location(s) and classification(s); one also can specify a particular date or range of dates.
Search terms can be joined by the standard Boolean operators AND, OR, NOT. The operators can be used in both basic and advanced searches.
Language and examples are courtesy of Artstor.
|underscore (_)||The underscore (_) can represent any one character.||m_net will retrieve “monet”, “manet”, etc.|
|asterisk (*)||The asterisk (*) can represent zero, one, or several characters.||ren* will retrieve “rene”, “reni”, “renoir”, “rendering”, “renaissance”, etc.|
|dollar sign ($)||The dollar sign ($) will expand the search to include terms that stem from a given root.||$paint will retrieve “paint”, “painting”, “painted”, “unpainted”, “repainted”, etc.|
|Capitalization||There is no need to capitalize words in searches, even in titles or artists’ names.||When searching for Thomas Eakins, simply enter: thomas eakins|
|Articles||You do not need to use articles (a, the, le, la, etc.) before titles or other terms.||When searching for “The Judgment of Paris”, you may simply enter: judgment of paris|
|Exact phrase||To search for an exact phrase, put the phrase in quotes (“…”).||When searching for the painting “Le Moulin de la Galette” by Renoir, enter: “le moulin de la galette”|
|Punctuation||When searching for phrases or words that include punctuation such as “self-portrait”, you can either use the punctuation or leave it out.||The following searches will both yield the same results: self-portrait or self portrait|
|Word order||Unless your search phrase is enclosed with quotation marks (“…”), the order of terms will not affect the search.||The following searches will both yield the same results: albrecht durer or durer albrecht|