Explanation of Searchable Fields

Word Searching vs Phrase Searching
When using the drop down boxes to specify a field to search, a user can choose to search for the words entered in the search box individually or as a phrase.

For example, words entered in the input box as: south carolina infantry.

with this setting ... ...would be searched as if ... ... and you would retrieve:
subject south AND carolina AND infantry [View results of sample search]
subject phrase the only value in a single subject field was "South Carolina Infantry" [View results of sample search]

Searchable Fields

Keyword: Locates records which include your search terms in the title, description, subject, creator fields of the item's description.

Subject: Locates records which include your search terms among the individuals, corporate bodies, geographic areas, or the topics that the item treats. The number and precision of the subjects varies by item.

Date: Locates records which include your search terms in the date area of the record. Bear in mind that these dates are often approximate.

Title: Locates records which include your search terms in the title field.