The Kansas City Public Library

Advanced Search

Advanced search is a more specific way of searching. With the advanced search, you may limit the engine to search only certain fields such as title, author, topic, neighborhood, city/town, county, or state. Additionally, with advanced search, you may also select how much of the search phrase you want the server to return. Multiple phrases may be used when conducting an advanced search. Results may be limited to a specific range of dates as well as only peer-reviewed resources. If you wish to broaden the results, you may search the full text of resources that have available, searchable, full texts.

To access the Advanced Search feature from any page on KCResearch, click once on the “Search” link in the top navigation bar.
The link will direct you to the Advanced Search page, which has three search boxes and two drop-down menus on either side of the search boxes.

The drop-down menu on the left-hand side gives three search options:

  • All of the words will search for all of the words in the search box in any order. In a Boolean search, this option is similar to using "AND". Do not include "AND" with your search terms. The Boolean operator "AND" is used automatically with the “All of the words” option and will be ignored if it is entered as a search term.
  • Some of the words will search for any of the words in the search box, but not necessarily within the same resource. The results may return resources relating to any of the terms entered. In a Boolean search, this option is similar to using "OR". Do not include "OR" with your search terms. The Boolean operator "OR" is used automatically with the “Some of the words” words option and will be ignored if it is entered as a search term.
  • The phrase will search for all of the words in the exact order entered. This is similar to using quotation marks in other search engines.

The drop-down menu on the right-hand side gives eight search options; these are specific fields the search engine will look for results in:

  • Anywhere searches in any field for the text inside the search box. It is similar to performing a basic, keyword search.
  • Title will only search for the terms inside the search box in the titles of resources.
  • Author will only search for the terms inside the search box in the authors of resources.
  • Topic searches for the words entered in the search box in terms of what topics a resource relates to. If you are looking for a specific topic, this is a good search option, rather than browsing through all the topics offered on the KCResearch “Browse by topic” feature.
  • Neighborhood searches for resources pertaining to the Kansas City area neighborhood entered in the search box.
  • City/Town searches for resources concerning the name of the city or town entered in the search box. For instance, if you wish to find resources about Olathe, you would enter “Olathe” in the search box.
  • County searches for resources about a certain county in the area. You must specify one of the following counties, which are considered our coverage area: Platte, Clay, Ray, Jackson, Cass, Miami, Johnson (Ks.), Wyandotte, and Leavenworth.
  • State searches for resources pertaining to the specified state. In most cases, only Missouri and Kansas will return results.

You may find that your search will require you to use only one search box, but it may also require two or three search box fields to be filled out.

If you wish to search for one word or phrase in a title, you would enter the words you wish to search for in the box, then select “title” from the right-hand drop box, and on the left-hand drop box select “all of the words” and click once on the gray search button. Your search will return resources with the words you entered, but not necessarily in the order you entered them.

If you wish to limit your search to an exact phrase, select “the phrase” from the left-hand drop box.

If you wish to search for some of the words, select “some of the words” from the drop box on the left-hand side of the search box(es).

To search for multiple phrases or words, enter them in separate search boxes and then select which fields (title, author, topic, neighborhood, city/town, county, state) from the drop-down menu on the right-hand side of the search boxes.

Searching using multiple phrases is helpful if, for example, you are searching for a specific article and you knew the author’s name and some of the words in the title. To conduct this search, you would enter the author’s name in the first search box, then select “author” from the right-hand drop-box then you would enter the words from the title you remember in the second search box, select “title” from the right-hand drop box, then select “some of the words” from the left-hand drop box. After you have done this, click the gray “Search” button once.

To limit the date range of search results, you may use the two boxes with “YYYY” in them underneath the three search boxes. Enter a full, four-digit year (1999, 2002, etc) in the left box. This year will be the oldest date you want your search to return. Enter another full, four-digit year in the right box for the newest date you want your search to return. Search results will return results published from the year on the left through the year on the right.

If you need your search to return works that have only been peer reviewed, you may also check the box next to “peer reviewed only” by clicking the square once to limit the search. Peer reviewed works are often of a scholarly nature, edited and reviewed by professionals in a given field to ensure quality.

By checking the box next to “Search fulltext if available” the search engine will look in documents for the search terms you entered. Only some resources on KCResearch can be fulltext searched.

Advanced search also allows you to use the effective searching tips discussed above in the SEARCH section.

On the Advanced search page, you will find that you also have the option to browse by subject or conduct a basic search on the left-hand navigation menu.

KCResearch ® is the authoritative and unbiased source for all types of research about the Kansas City area as well as studies and reports done by Kansas City researchers. KCResearch also provides tools to inform users on current topics in research and facilitate conversation and collaboration between community members, whether they're professional researchers, entrepreneurs, students, or members of the general population.