How to Search this Website


Users can browse the collection by Wyoming Inventor Last Name by clicking on the applicable link from the homepage.


Patrons are able to search Wyoming Inventors the homepage by Last Name, First Name, City.

General Search Tips

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Keyword (Boolean) Search


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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: