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Searching for content in Aviary

On the Home page, use the search bar at the top of the screen to perform keyword searches across all collections.

Just type in the keyword you are looking for and hit return. Alternatively, you can click on the “Advanced Search” button that appears when you click in the search box. Then you can use the facets at the left of the screen to refine your searches. Click on the “New Search” button to start your search over.

If you begin your search from the Aviary homepage, your searches will produce results from across all of Aviary. However, if you begin your search from a member organization’s Aviary page, your searches will only produce results from within that particular organization’s collections. In order to retrieve content from other member organizations, you must return to the Aviary homepage and search from there.

“Found In” field

Searching for a keyword will return all records that contain that keyword somewhere in the associated metadata. The keyword can appear in a variety of fields, including description or subject terms, and may also appear in the index and/or transcript.

To help you locate the keyword on the search results page, the “Found in” area in each record helps you to understand how relevant a search result may be for your query. 

Clicking on a result will carry your first search term through to the resource detail page, enabling you to zero in on its occurrences in a particular resource. The numbers in red circles indicate the presence of the keyword in a particular section and how many times it appears. Within a particular tab, the keyword is highlighted. Clicking on the up and down arrows allows you to jump between occurrences of the search term.

Facets and filters

Whether you are interested in narrowing your search or simply browsing Aviary’s contents, the facets and filters on the right side of the search page will allow you to do so. Clicking on the + next to a facet will reveal options you may choose to select. Clicking the check boxes will filter the results to only those resources that correspond to your selections.

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