Advanced Search Tips

Advanced Search 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.

  • Object Name: Tiered from broadest to most specific using commas (i.e. Igneous, Obsidian or Sparrow, Seaside, Dusky). You can search for all or part of an Object Name in Advanced Search. Remember to use quotes for multiword searches.
  • Catalog Number: Generally formatted YEAR.INV.INDEX (i.e. 2016.INV.0756). These numbers do not contain object information but are useful for identifying specific objects.
  • Collection: Describes the type of object. Collections currently represented in the database include Ornithology (birds), Mammalogy, Geology (rocks), Mineral, and Herbarium (plants and lichens).
  • Source: Identifies donor of object. Important sources include Thayer Museum and Goddard Mineral Collection.
  • Date: Date the object was collected. Formatted MM/DD/YYYY. Unknown months and days are entered as 00.
  • Site: Location where object was collected. Includes all continents and countries. U.S. states are formatted US, State.
  • Sex: Options include Male, Female, and Unknown.
  • Description: May contain any number of the following fields: Label, Physical Attributes, Location, and Other.
  • Genus, Species, and Sub-species: Currently accepted scientific names.
  • Dimensions: Generally includes Height (H-), Width (W-), and Depth (D-). In inches and rounded to the nearest ¼ inch.