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Author - Enter author name you wish to search for here. The search returns all emails that contain the author name in the From: line. You can also combine this with one, two or three Search Terms (below) to see all emails by the author that contain the Search Term or Terms you enter there.

Subject - Returns emails that contain the term you enter here within the subject line of the email. You can also combine this subject line search with one, two, or three Search Terms (below) for searching the From: line and message bodies.

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Enter one, two, or three search terms. Do not use quotation marks to enclose search terms.

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  • Search is case insensitive: capitalization does not matter. A search for "dowitcher" will return "Dowitcher" and "dowitcher."

  • If your search term has more than one word in a single search box, the search will be for that phrase, not for the individual words. The phrase "Great Gray Owl" (don't use quotes) will return all all emails with the phrase Great Gray Owl in them. It will not return emails that have "Great" and "Gray" and "Owl" somewhere in them but don't have the phrase Great Gray Owl.

  • If you enter Great in the first search box, Gray in the second search box, and Owl in the third search box, the search will return all emails with each of the three words somewhere in the email, not necessarily next to each other nor in any particular order. The search will return only the emails that contain all of the search terms. It will return an email with the sentence "It was a cold, gray day out, but we still had a great time, especially when we found a Northern Hawk Owl." It will not return an email that says "Hooray! We finally found our Great Gray." because the email does not contain the word "owl."

  • Hyphenation does not matter unless you turn hyphenated words into a single word. A search for "California Scrub Jay" will return emails with "California Scrub Jay" as well as emails with "California Scrub-Jay." A search for "California Scrub-Jay" will return emails with "California Scrub-Jay" and emails with "California Scrub Jay." However, a search for "California Scrubjay" will not return emails with "California Scrub-Jay" or "California Scrub Jay."

  • There are more than 150,000 emails in these archives. The "Fast" method of search will return equal or fewer emails compared to the Complete search. The "Complete" method, which is somewhat slower, returns all emails that contain the search terms (up to a limit of 1000 results). The Fast Search will miss emails where a search term is embedded at the end of a larger word. For example, if the search term is "water," the Fast method will return emails with the word "Waterville" but will not return "Shearwater." The Complete search will return both. If you search for "Gene," Fast search will not return Eugene; Complete search will. The best approach might be to try the Fast search first and if you don't get what you want, try the Complete search. You can always try browsing the archives if you know the approximate month of the email(s) you're searching for.

  • Singular and plural do matter for both the Fast search and the Complete search. A search for "Great Gray Owls" will not return emails containing only "Great Gray Owl" and no mention of "Great Gray Owls." You will get more results if your search term is singular. A search for "Great Gray Owl" will return emails containing either "Great Gray Owl" or "Great Gray Owls."

  • If you get a message that your search has reached the 1000-result max, refine your search by, for example, limiting it to a shorter date range or more limited geographical range by entering a place name, such as King County, Montlake Fill, or Okanogan as one of your Search Terms. Other ways to refine your search are to add an author name or add second and third Search Terms.