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Quick Search Tips

NOTES:

(1)  Keywords are separated by a blank space.

(2)  You may enter up to a maximum of ten (10) keywords. However, the more keywords you enter, the longer it may take to retrieve your search results.

(3)  When searching by keyword, the search engine will return any word that contains the sequence of characters that are entered. For example, searching 'hat' returns results with any word that contains the characters 'hat', in that order. This includes 'hat', 'hats', 'chat', 'shatter', 'that', 'what' or 'whatever'.

Example 1:

landscape  -  searches for images containing the word 'landscape'

Example 2:

landscape trees  -  searches for images containing the word 'landscape' OR 'trees'

Example 3:

landscape trees field  -  searches for images containing the words 'landscape' OR 'trees' OR 'field'

A keyword may be composed of multiple words (ie. a phrase). Phrases must be enclosed by double quotes and are counted as a single keyword.

Example 4:

"landscape with bridge"  -  searches for images containing the phrase "landscape with bridge"

Example 5:

"landscape with bridge" "city hall"  -  searches for images containing the phrases "landscape with bridge" OR "city hall"

A search may consist of a combination of single words and phrases.

Example 6:

landscape "street with house" yonge  -  searches for images containing landscape OR "street with house" OR yonge

Example 7:

crowd "portrait of"  -  searches for images containing crowd OR "portrait of"


About Mandatory

A pair of mandatory search fields used to define the hierarchy/groupings for the images.

About Search Options

An optional search field whereby you may select to search for a keyword, title or author in combination with a Medium and/or Date Range search.

About Date Ranges

An optional search field whereby you may select to search by a specific date range in combination with a Medium and/or a keyword, title or author search.



Advanced Search Tips

The advanced search page provides you with the ability to further refine your search results. For ALL advanced searches, it is mandatory that you select both a "Type" (ie. Medium) and a "Sub-Type" (ie. Drawing, Painting, etc.) first before selecting one of the optional search criterias (ie. keyword, title, author, and/or date range).

For example, you can:

- Search by type and sub-type
- Search by keyword, title or author
- Search by date range

Example 1:

Search a sub-type: Painting

Example 2a:

Search a sub-type: Painting
Search by keyword: landscape

Example 2b:

Search a sub-type: Painting
Search by title: "air show"

Example 2c:

Search a sub-type: Painting
Search by author: "Greenaway"

Example 3:

Search a sub-type: Drawing
Date Range From: 1980 To: 1985


You may also create compound searches as follows:

Example 4:

Search a sub-type: Mixed Media
Search by keyword: view
Date Range From: 1973 To: 1975

NOTES:

Search by keyword, title or author option

(1)  Keywords are separated by a blank space.

(2)  You may enter up to a maximum of ten (10) keywords. However, the more keywords you enter, the longer it may take to retrieve your search results.

(3)  When searching by keyword, the search engine will return any word that contains the sequence of characters that are entered. For example, searching 'hat' returns results with any word that contains the characters 'hat', in that order. This includes 'hat', 'hats', 'chat', 'shatter', 'that', 'what' or 'whatever'.

Search by date range option

(4) The following date formats are valid for the Date Range search option:

    yyyy
    mmddyyyy

    mm dd yyyy
    mm-dd-yyyy
    mm/dd/yyyy
    mm.dd.yyyy

    mmm d yyyy
    mmm dd yyyy

    m d yyyy
    m-d-yyyy
    m/d/yyyy
    m.d.yyyy

(5)  When performing a Date Range search the following conditions apply:
  a)  A "From" date is mandatory.
  b)  If a "From" date is entered but no "To" date is entered then the "To" date defaults to today's date.



Search Results Page

The Search Results page displays thumbnails of all the images that match the search criteria. Below each thumbnail image there are three links ("View larger image & details", "Show Related Items" and "View details only") to choose from.

The "View larger image & details" link as its name implies will display a larger version of the image plus the information about the image.

The "Show Related Items" link will display a web page consisting of other images that are "related" to the current image. For the City's Fine Art Collection, images are "related" if they are by the same artist. For example, all images of works by Clarence Roy Greenaway are "related".

The "View details only" link will display just the information about the image.


 
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