The Quick Search button allows you to perform a general search across multiple fields for any catalog records online. Quick searches use OR as the default connector between words (e.g. a search for Oywhee Agate will return records associated with Oywhee OR Agate). If you want to find records where both keywords are found, type in AND between the two words. To search for a specific phrase, be sure to put the phrase within quotes (e.g. "Sunshine Mine"). You can also use the asterisk (*) as a wildcard (e.g. a search for histor* would come up with records containing history, histories, historical, etc.). Searches are not case sensitive.
The Advanced Search button 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 Emerald in the Where Found box will bring up any records containing the word Emerald (e.g. Emerald Creek), without having to sift through all records that happen to mention the word Emerald. Phrase searching with quotes and use of wildcards (*) are available in Advanced Search.
The Random Images button is a great way to just browse the collection. Each Random Images page displays a random assortment of images from the records online. If something piques your interest, click the thumbnail to view a larger version of the image.