How to Search Wyoming Inventors Database


Users can browse the collection by selecting either Browse Wyoming Inventors By Last Name, By City, or By Year from the home page.

General Search Tips

  • Searches are not case sensitive, so capitalization is unnecessary;
  • All searches automatically retrieve both singular and plural forms of words;
  • If you get large result sets, Narrow results using the "filters" box on the left side of the results page.

Keyword (Boolean) Search


Boolean searches will find the exact keywords entered in the Search For box. To narrow the results of a search, words can be combined with Boolean operators (AND, OR) to retrieve relevant materials. To conduct more complex searches refer to the Wildcard Search below.

Wildcard Search

Use wildcard characters (*, ?, [search expression], _, @, #, \, ^ ) to substitute part of a word, name, or number, or to search for multiple terms. Wildcards can be used in Concept or Boolean mode, in keyword search or field entries, in multiple words, and even multiple times in one word. See examples: