Quick Search Tips

The Quick Search function supports a full range of query options. Below are just a few examples of what is possible. These search options may be combined to create an extremely advanced query with precise (and interesting!) results.

Single Search Term

The simplest search is to simply enter a single search term such as "red". eMuseum will perform a query across all records in the database and display the result.

Multiple Term Search

With searches on multiple terms, a great deal of logic can be employed to fine tune the results.

If one simply enters multiple words, such as "red painting", all records with the words "red" or "painting" will be returned. The query does not require that both terms be present.

To get a more specific set of results with both terms, try using "red AND painting". The "AND" in all caps is important. The words "red" and "painting" may exist anywhere in the record.

By using quotes, you can specify exact query strings, e.g."red painting". Only objects with these two words together in the same field will be returned.

With proximity searching, you can find words within a specified distance from each other. The search below will locate records where the terms "red" and "painting" are within a distance of 10 words.

Query on Specific Fields

The fields listed below may be used in direct queries (rather than searching across all of them). Simply enter the field name, a colon, and then the search term.

For example, "maker:Vermeer" will return the records with "Vermeer" in the Maker field.

Using the AND, you can perform a compound query on multiple fields.

Available Quick Search Fields

  • classification_orig
  • classificationMapped: Set of broad terms that all objects are assigned. The only values are: Decorative Arts, Drawings, Manuscripts/Archives, Musical Instruments, Natural History, Paintings, Photography, Prints, Sculpture, Textiles and (not specified).
  • copyright
  • credit_line
  • date_begin_year
  • date_end_year
  • date_text
  • department
  • description
  • dynasty
  • geographyMapped
  • maker
  • medium
  • movement
  • node: This is the code for the source data. The same query can be performed by selecting an institution on the Participants page and choosing "All" on the info pop-up.
  • object_id
  • object_name
  • object_number
  • period
  • primary_title
  • school
  • style
  • title_unicode
  • Note: Quick Search results are returned by default with a RELEVANCY sort. The MAKER, TITLE, NATIONALITY, MEDIUM, CLASSIFICATION, GEOGRAPHY, and DEPARTMENT fields are ranked higher than the other indexed fields. Accordingly, if the search term appears in these fields, the record will be sorted closer to the top of the results list.

Wild Card

Wild cards are useful when you don't know the exact spelling of a term (or if you think it is possible that there are variations in spelling).

A question mark (?) functions as a single character wild card. A search query such as "sculpt?r" will find records where the 2nd to last letter may vary -such as "sculptor" and "sculpter".

The asterisk (*) is a multiple character wildcard. The query "paint*" will find "paint", "painter", "painting", etc.

Note: Neither of the ? or * may be used as the first character in the query string.

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