Search & Browse Tips

Every recording stored within the SHCDA has information, or metadata, attached to it. This metadata enables sophisticated search and browse features but it also means that there is a great volume of information to sift through.

Performing a search means you look for information by entering search ‘terms’ in the archive’s search engine. Every instance of those terms appearing within the archive will be called up on a results page.
Using the archive’s Browse Categories means you look for information within groupings of data determined by the archivists. When you click on a category, everything within that category will be listed on the results page.

Before you start, ask yourself:
1. What am I really looking for?
2. What’s the best way to find it?

Refining Searches


How can browse categories assist in finding
the material you want?