Search Tips

Phrase Searching and Title Searching
Type quotation marks around the phrase.

"Haverford history" will give more precise results than Haverford history.

Excluding Words or Phases
Type NOT and then type the word or phrase to exclude.

gymnasium NOT old

Wildcard Searching
If you want to search for multiple variations of a word, you can substitute a special symbol (called a "wildcard") for one or more letters.

You can use * to represent 0 or many characters.
You can use ? to represent one single character.

alum* will find alumni, alumna, alumnae, etc., and wom?n will find woman, women and womyn.

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Digitized Archives features items from Triptych, a digital initiative of the Bryn Mawr, Haverford, and Swarthmore College Libraries.

Digitized Archives includes merged items from Bryn Mawr College Special Collections and Visual Resources, Haverford College Quaker and Special Collections, Friends Historical Library of Swarthmore College, and the Swarthmore College Peace Collection. Digital Collections includes a variety of images and text-based materials from each college's archives, digitized historical and manuscript collections, and other primary sources.