You can browse a list of collections, or other content, by selecting links on the main toolbar, including Collections, Digital Material, Subjects, and Names.
To search archives and manuscripts see "Search Tips".
Archives and manuscripts collections are typically described as a whole, although the content of component boxes and folders can be described as well. All descriptive data can be searched.
Click the magnifying glass on the menu bar to open the search engine.
The search system disregards capitalization. For example, searching for "diary" will match "DIARY," "Diary," and "diary."
Use Boolean operators (AND, OR, and NOT) between search terms to either narrow or broaden results. See "Boolean Operators" Research Guide for examples: http://libguides.wvu.edu/c.php?g=418954&p=2855374
If you enter multiple search terms, the system will search as if they were separated by OR. For example, entering Civil War will search for all records containing the word Civil as well as all records containing the word War.
If you enter multiple terms in quotes, the system will search for a phrase. For example, entering "annual report" will only search for all records containing the phrase "annual report".
Use the asterisk character as a wildcard. For example, entering wom*n will search for woman and women.
Use the asterisk character for truncation. For example, entering child* will search for child, children, childhood, etc.
To filter by date within a chronological span, enter the initial and concluding dates of the span in the two search boxes following "Years". For example, entering "1790" and "1800" will find records with material dating from 1790 up to and including 1800, an eleven year span.
Dates in cataloging records represent the date material was created. For example, if a genealogy collection includes a family history that was created in 1980 regarding family members who immigrated in 1750, the date field in the cataloging record will only include 1980; 1750 could appear in another part of the record.
In the search box, enter "A&M.NNNN" (for example "A&M.0009" for archives and manuscripts collection no. 9, or "A&M.4052" for collection no. 4052). Make sure the second dropdown box is set to Keyword.
If a "Collection Organization" list appears on the right side of the screen when viewing a collection record, that means the cataloging record contains detailed, searchable content.
The search engine, by default, will "Search all record types," as indicated by the first dropdown menu. Alternatively, one can confine a search to find only digitized content by selecting "limit to digital materials". For example, one could search for "tavern*" with this limit and find a link to "Photographs from A&M 1793, Mrs. Innis C. Davis, Compiler, Taverns in Western Virginia...".
Collection records with linked content include a "Digital Material" link. For example, in the record for A&M 1793 there is a link to its related digital content.