Content on the Montana History Portal website is organized in collections. For example, yearbooks from Billings Senior High School are all consolidated under a collection called “Billings Senior High School Yearbooks.” We have nearly 200 collections uploaded to the website, everything from photo collections, to livestock brands, to publications. Often, as you are searching for content on the site, you may want to restrict your search to items from a single collection.
As an example, let’s try to find images of a specific
location, all from a single, large collection. Our goal will be to find
photographs of Moose Creek, in the extensive Bud Moore Photographs and Sound
Recordings Collection. This collection has approximately 6000 items, so this
will be no easy task.
This will bring you to a new search page. In the search bar,
type the words Moose Creek. This will return a page with hundreds of results,
many of which are completely unrelated. This initial search is looking for
anything with the word “moose” OR the word “creek.” Our search engine does not
accept quoted phrases for exact matching, so we will need to take an additional
step to refine that number down.
This will significantly refine your results down to just a
few dozen, all of which should contain the exact phrase “Moose Creek” somewhere
in the item’s metadata. But you will see that many of the results are
irrelevant to our search, such as yearbooks and documents. They also come from
a variety of different collections.
The search now returns just a handful of items, all from the
Bud Moore collection. This includes a mix of audio recordings and images.
We have now narrowed our search down to only images of Moose Creek from the Bud Moore Photographs and Sound Recordings Collection. You can follow these same steps to search other collections on the Montana Memory Project Website.