At the homepage, search Wyoming Inventors by Last Name, First Name, and/or City. The Advanced Search tool allows for a more in-depth query, using other variables to locate your information.
General Search Tips
- Searches are not case sensitive, so capitalization is unnecessary;
- All searches automatically retrieve both singular and plural forms of words;
- Use quotes to search for a specific Phrase or name;
- If you get large result sets, Narrow results using the “filters” box on the left side of the results page.
Keyword (Boolean) Search
(AND, OR, NOT, WITHIN, ADJ)
Boolean searches will find the exact keywords entered in the Search For box. To narrow the results of a search, words can be combined with Boolean operators (AND, OR, NOT, WITHIN, and ADJ) to retrieve relevant materials. To conduct more complex searches use Parentheses to combine sets of words and Boolean operators.
|AND||retrieve a list of items where Word1 (Labor) and Word2 (Union) both appear in the text||Labor AND Union|
|OR||retrieve a list of items where either Word1 (Labor) or Word2 (Union) appears in the text||Labor OR Union|
|NOT||retrieve a list of items where Word1 (Union) but not Word2 (Pacific) appears in the text||Union NOT Pacific|
|WITHIN||retrieve a list of items where Word1 (Union) appears within N (1,2,3,4,etc) words of Word2 (Railroad)||Union Railroad WITHIN 2|
|ADJ||retrieve a list of items where Word1 (Pacific) and Word2 (Company) appear within N (1,2,3,4,etc) words of each other and Word1 must appear before Word2 in the results.||Pacific Company ADJ 2|
|Complex Search||pair multiple words with multiple Boolean operators to retrieve a list of items where all the words appear within close proximity to each other in one item||(“coal miners”) and (labor AND union) and (strike OR boycott) WITHIN 50|
Use wildcard characters (*, ?, [search expression], _, @, #, \, ^ ) to substitute part of a word, name, or number, or to search for multiple terms. Wildcards can be used in Concept or Boolean mode, in keyword search or field entries, in multiple words, and even multiple times in one word. See examples:
|_||match one or zero characters||colo_r||color, colour|
|@||match exactly one alpha character||gr@y||gray, grey|
|#||match exactly one numeric character||#600||1600, 8600|
|\||take the next character literally, not as an operator||name\@email@example.com|
|*||match anything or nothing||scholar*||scholar, scholarship|
|?||match exactly one character||wom?n||woman, women|
|^||match any character except the next character||200[^7]||2006, 2008, 200G|
|[ ]||search expression; can include a hyphen to indicate a range of letters or numbers; will match only one character within the brackets||200[6-8]||2006, 2007, 2008|