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Full-text Search Hints

The search box on the Sanborn Fire Insurance Maps home page uses full-text searching of a MySQL database. This means that:

  • You cannot search for words that have fewer than four letters.
  • Certains common words are "stop words" and cannot be searched.
  • You can use an asterisk (*) to truncate a word at the end (e.g., River*).
  • Using quotes will search for that specific string of characters.

If you have difficulty finding a particular map, try a few different search strategies. If all else fails, feel free to use the "Ask a Librarian" link at the bottom of these pages.





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