You can perform complex searches by typing search terms and operators into search boxes. Operators can be used in any of the search boxes. Available search operators are:
- AND: By default searches automatically put AND between terms. Searching for [amazing grace] will return results that have [amazing] AND [grace] in them.
- NOT: Put [-] in front of a term to indicate that you'd like to exclude it. Searching for [amazing -grace] will return results that have [amazing] but NOT [grace] in them. Note: if you have multiple terms, the operator only applies to the first. [a -mighty fortress] will return results that have [a] and [fortress] but not [mighty] in them.
- OR: Put [|] between terms for which either term can be in the result. Searching for [amazing | grace] will return results that have [amazing] OR [grace] in them. Note: This operator only affects the two terms closest to it, so [a mighty | fortress] returns results that have [a] and [mighty] OR [a] and [fortress] OR [a] and [mighty] and [fortress].
- Phrase search: Put ["] around your search terms to search for an exact phrase. Searching for ["amazing grace"] will only return results that have [amazing grace] in them.
- Field start and field end: Use [^] to indicate the beginning of the field and [$] to indicate the end of the field. Searching for [^amazing grace$] will return results that start with [amazing] and end with [grace].
You can type multiple search terms into the "Search the entire Hymnary" box. For example, you could type
firstLine:"amazing grace" refrainFirstLine:"O how I love Jesus" in:Hymns
The available terms are shown below.
There are also some special combination terms:
- textName: firstLine, refrainFirstLine, textTitle
- hymnalNumber: hymnalID, hymnalTitle, number
- topics: topics, liturgicalUse
Researchers who wish to search a certain subset of hymnals, e.g. shape note hymnals, can either create a new account and use the "my hymnals" feature or talk to us about tagging hymnals so that everyone can make that characteristic a part of their searches.