The Archives with a few variations uses the Library of Congress subject headings which are the format used by most United States libraries to describe most of their subjects.
When you do searches with this data base you will not get to view actual document but will get a list of those collections with materials on your topic. Any collection that is labeled unprocessed is unavailable for use.
In the dialog box that says, Select subject word or phrase, type in the word or words you wish to search. Only the exact word (including punctuation if any) will be searcher. It makes no difference if the letters are capitalized or not. You then need to choose one of three ways that the search will be done.
Any part of subject means any subject that contains that word anyplace in it will be retrieved. Example: search Ham and all subjects that have Ham in them will be brought up: Abraham, Graham, New Hampshire.
Start of subject means that the exact word you entered has to start the subject. So if you enter Ham you will get Hampton, not Graham or any other word that does not start with Ham.
Exact subject means that only the subject that has exactly what you entered and nothing else will be brought up. If you enter Ham, you get only Ham. If you use punctuation marks they are also searched. If you enter Ham, those four characters (including the comma) are searched and only those in that order are retrieved. If you entered Ham, you will not get Ham, Mordecai
You are likely to get more results by searching one word. For example if you enter Fuller you will get:
If you enter a search of two or more words you are more likely to get nothing or something close to the topic you are looking for.
If you enter Fuller Seminary you will not get nothing.
If you enter Fuller Theological Seminary you will get information on the seminary.
With personal names you need to enter the last name first followed by a comma and then the first name.
Some types of subjects are geographically or thematically subdivided by two hyphens and these hyphens must be entered in order to get results.
Suffixes with some subjects are found in the data base, below are examples of some of these.
All of the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association crusades, rallies, evangelistic events, etc. are listed this way: