|To conduct a basic search, input your query into the Search box at the top of the screen. By typing in keywords, names, or phrases, you are able to search all archival descriptions, persons and organizations, subjects, places, and digital objects catalogued in the Shared Catalogue. Basic searches will return results from both repositories.|
|Like Google, suggestions for matching terms will appear as you type. Results are broken down into various categories depending on your search. Your results may be divided into the following categories: archival descriptions, repositories (archival institutions), persons and organizations, places, and subjects.|
|Once you have obtained the results of a basic search, you may filter by repository, level of description, creator, person or organization, place, subject, genre, and media type.
To add precision to basic searches, use symbols when developing your query (see Forming Searches).