You can find information about searching eHive catalogues at http://info.ehive.com/help/searching/constructing-searches-in-ehive/ or consult the basic guide below.
To ensure that you are searching the RHSV collection (and not all the collections on eHive) please start at the RHSV profile page search box https://ehive.com/collections/6420/royal-historical-society-of-victoria-rhsv
If you do want to search all of eHive, you can go to the eHive Explore page https://ehive.com/explore
- Searching for multiple words
- Phrased searches
- Boolean operators
- Wildcard searches
- Field searches
- Examples of constructed searches
There are two different types of search terms in eHive: Single Terms and Phrases
If you are searching for a single term, such as the word Book or the number 1990, you can enter this directly in the search box to retrieve your results.
If you are searching for a phrase (i.e. multiple words) such as Receipt Book, you must surround the words with double quotation marks to retrieve records that have that exact phrase, e.g. “Receipt Book”
Searching for Receipt Book without the quotation marks would retrieve records that feature either the word Book or the word Receipt, or both words anywhere in the record.
Similarly, if you’re searching for words or numbers separated by punctuation, for example mass-produced or 06/097/100, then you will need to surround these terms in quotes, otherwise your results will include records which contain any part of the term.
Note: It is particularly important to use quotation marks when searching on multi-part accession numbers to improve the accuracy of your searches.
If you are searching for multiple words, but not for an exact phrase, you can use boolean operators to combine your search terms in different ways.
By default, searching for a term or value in eHive will only retrieve exact matches e.g. a search for the word bead will only return records that feature the exact word bead. If you want to expand your results to include records that feature plurals or similar words, such as beads or beading, then you will need to use a wildcard.
The * symbol is a multiple character wildcard. The ? symbol is a single character wildcard. You cannot use a * or ? symbol as the first character of a search.
You can search in eHive by simply typing in keywords or numbers into the search box. The results of this type of search will include all records that feature this keyword or number anywhere on the record. For example, entering a term like Russia will return all records with the word Russia anywhere in the record.
Alternatively, you can choose to refine your search by specifying what field you would like to find the term in. To do this, enter the eHive field name (or search alias) followed by a colon before your term, e.g place_made:Russia. This search will retrieve all records that have the word Russia in the Place Made field. Note that field names are all in lower case.
Remember to put quotation marks around phrases. If you don’t use quotation marks, only the first word will be treated as field specific. For example: name:”Pounamu Valley” will find Pounamu Valley in the name field, name:Pounamu Valley will find Pounamu in the name field and Valley anywhere in the record.
Some useful field names and search examples:
Object records in eHive must be one of the following seven catalogue types: Archaeology, Archives, Art, History, Library, Natural Science or Photography and Multimedia.
You can search for records by catalogue type using the following queries (at present the RHSV catalogue records use only two of the record categories denoted in bold below):
cat_type:archives (when searching manuscripts or pioneer register)
cat_type:library (when searching library)
You would search for a book about George William Rusden in the library collection by typing the following into the search box:
You would search for the papers of George William Rusden in the manuscripts collection using the following:
You could search for a book about gold published after 2000 by entering the following:
+cat_type:library +association_keyword:gold* +date:[2000 TO 2018]