We're used to having information at our fingertips: enter a keyword and get pages of results. LUNA's keyword search works much like any search engine, making use of adding variables like "And" , "or", "equals", and "", and also support the use of wildcard characters.

But if you want to go deeper than a simple keyword search, then the Advance Search is the tool for you. Take advantage of the speed list results and pinpoint the exact objects you're looking for. You can also search for images from Flickr using the External Media Search.

On this page:

Simple Keyword

Using the keyword search function in LUNA is a quick, simple way to find content:

Date Range

New in 7.3

When doing date range search you need to enter a value in both boxes

The dates you enter must be 4 digit year or fit one of the following patterns

    dd MMM yyyy
    MM/dd/yyyy HH:mm:ss
    MM/dd/yyyy hh:mm:ss aa
    yyyy-MM-dd HH:mm:ss
    yyyy-MM-dd hh:mm:ss aa

See Dates in LUNA for examples.

Advanced Search

Click the down arrow in the Search box and select Advanced Search to construct advanced search queries.

These advanced search queries can be made across one, or several collections. There are three search types to choose from:

- all these words: searches for all of the words in any order. Using Boolean logic, this search is similar to using "AND". If you entered "World Heritage Sites" in this search box, the search results would contain only those items containing all three terms. The Boolean operator "AND" is used automatically with this option, so you don't need to enter it.

any of these words: searches for any of the words entered in the search box. Using Boolean logic, this search is similar to using "OR". If you entered "World Heritage Sites" in this search box, the search results would contain all items containing any of the three terms, including results with only "World", only "Heritage", and only "Site". The Boolean operator "OR" is used automatically with this option, so you don't need to enter it.

this exact wording: searches for all of the words in the exact order. This is similar to using quotation marks in other search engines. For instance, if you were searching for "World Heritage Sites", search results would contain only those items that contain the exact phrase "World Heritage Sites".

Searching One Collection

When only one collection is being searched, the available fields to search by are specific to that collection. You can also select to search "In Text Documents"- this will search across the indexed BookReader text and PDFs in that collection.

Cross Collection Searching

Use the Collection list to select which collections you would like to search across.

When more than one collection is being searched, the available fields to search by are Who, What, When, Where, and In Text Documents.


When using the "this exact wording" option, enter a letter or phrase to see a list of known values for that data field. As you add letters the results will continue to narrow. For example, entering "P" will give you cities like "Pittsburgh", and "Paris", and "Pike". But if you add two more letters to form "Par", the list will immediately refine itself and you'll have only values beginning with "Par".

Use the "+" symbol to add additional search values.

Date Range

Data Panel Search

The Data Panel search feature is a part of the Detail View and essentially allows you to perform a quick search for a specific fielded term without having to type that value into the Keyword or Advanced Search.

  1. Mouse over the data field and corresponding value that you'd like to search for, in the example below we're going to search for "Blackbeard the Pirate".



2. Select either "Search All Fields", or "Search Image title". By selecting "Search All Fields" you'll be searching across all fields in the selected collections for "Blackbeard the Pirate". This would be similar to entering "Blackbeard the Pirate" into the Keyword search box (including the quotes). By selecting "Search Image title" you'll be searching for "Blackbeard the Pirate" only in the Image title field.

3. If there are multiple values for that specific data field, you'll be able to select them individually.

Searching Flickr in LUNA

LUNA's External Media search works directly with the Flickr API so you can search for Flickr images in LUNA and add them to your Active Media Group. To search for images from Flickr:

Interact with External Media

About Flickr Content

Content from Flickr comes from many varied places, notably the general public. But recently several important public institutions have been taking advantage of Flickr's services and posting their images to the Flickr Commons. Sample contributors include: New York Public Library; Library of Congress; Field Museum; National Library of New Zealand; Getty Research Institute; Smithsonian Institution; National media Museum.

Working with Search Results

Search results in LUNA are displayed as a page(s) of thumbnails. To add a page of search results to your Active Media Group, click the large plus sign near the top of the page.

To add media items individually from a search result to your Active Media Group or the LUNA Workspace roll over the thumbnail until you see the corresponding icons in the upper right and left hand corner. And as with other views in LUNA, you can use the Share This and Embed This tool to share these search results with others or embed them into another application.

Refine Search

       Use the faceted searching box on the left to continue narrowing your search results.


Use the Sort option located under Edit Settings/Defaults  to re-sort your search results by up to four fields. This feature only works with one collection at a time.


Click PRINT to print your search results as thumbnails and thumbnail data.

Refining Your Search Results

Use the Who, What, When, Where category values to continue refining your search. The number of results for each value are presented alongside the term in parentheses. This Refine Search option is available throughout LUNA, on the Browse All page, and search results page.


Full Text Search

With BookReader objects in LUNA, you can search both cataloged data AND indexed text from indexed BookReader objects and PDFs.

Perform full text search across selected collections:

From the keyword search box, select either "Search Catalog Data" or "Catalog Data & text in Documents". By selecting "Catalog Data & text in Documents" you'll be searching any text indexed from BookReader objects or PDFs. The selection you make will stay in whichever context you choose for the duration of the session until you change it again.

Perform full text search within select BookReader objects:

Open the BookReader object in the Detail View. Search inside the book by clicking on the search icon, then enter the text you're looking for and the results will appear to the right of the book with corresponding page numbers. The text you're searching will also be highlighted in the pages themselves: