The Keyword Search button allows you to perform a general search across multiple fields for any catalog records online. Keyword searches use OR as the default connector between words (e.g. a search for Lake Quinsigamond will return records associated with Lake OR Quinsigamond). If you want to find records where both keywords are found, type in AND between the two words. To search for a specific phrase, be sure to put the phrase within quotes (e.g. "Goddard Mineral Collection"). You can also use the asterisk (*) as a wildcard (e.g. a search for Pyr* would come up with records containing Pyroxene, Pyroxenoid, Pyrite, etc.). Searches are not case sensitive.
The Advanced Search button can help you be more specific with your search. You can search for a word or phrase within a particular search category or use multiple categories to further narrow down your search results. For example, searching Sedimentary in the Object Name field will bring up any records of objects classified as a Sedimentary rock. You can also search for objects of particular types using the Collection field or specific donors using the Source field. Phrase searching with quotes and use of wildcards (*) are available in Advanced Search.
Knowing the format of each field will help you be successful when using Advance Search.
The Random Images button is a great way to just browse the collection. Each Random Images page displays a random assortment of images from the records online. If something piques your interest, click the thumbnail to view a larger version of the image.