Information about this database, our image use policy, search tips, and a list of additional sources of information are available in the Introduction.
Use the Keyword Search to perform simple keyword searches on selected fields. If you need to search on another field, use the By Field Search. If you would just like to see a sample from the collection, choose a topic from the Quick Browse Searches below.
Searches will return a maximum of 5000 records. Larger datasets process more slowly, so consider using additional search terms to narrow the results.
For more information about Anthropology collections, see our main collections page.
See the Help tab to learn more about searching and then exploring your returned results (sorting, exporting, etc.).
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Enter your keywords separated by spaces and click Search. Records that match your search terms will be returned.
- Using parentheses to clarify the logic, you can create complex queries with OR and NOT (here capital letters are required, otherwise they will be treated as keyword terms).
- You can also use double-quotes to specify terms that should be treated as one.
Keyword search example: knife ("sri lanka" OR "india")
Use the By Field search to find specimen data that match values in specific database fields. Enter a value or choose one from the dropdown lists.
- Click the Search button to initiate a search. Clear resets all fields.
- Some lists are linked, so for example, choosing a Country narrows the choices for Province/State/Territory, and District/County. Dropdown choices also narrow as you type.
- Note that the Province/State dropdown is populated only after you have chosen a Country. You can type a Province/State without selecting a Country.
- Check Only Records with Images if you want to restrict the search to records with multimedia content.
- You will receive a warning when you enter invalid information in the text fields. For example, Catalog Numbers are composed strictly of letters and numbers; other characters will raise a warning.
- Select Advanced Search to search additional fields.
The results of your searches can be displayed in Grid (a sortable, customizable table)
or Gallery View (best for reviewing images). Use the Switch button to cycle between these views.
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In Grid View:
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In Gallery View:
- Click the image to view the full record.
See Exporting Results for information on downloading results to, for example, Excel.
Open the full collection record by clicking the expansion button () in Grid View,
or anywhere within the image frame in Gallery View. Inverse expansion buttons () indicate records with multimedia (typically, images).
- In the Record window, metadata for the multimedia content is available when you mouseover the thumbnail.
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Export all or selected results by clicking the Export Results as CSV button in the bottom toolbar in Grid,
or Gallery View.
- Select individual records for Export by checking the export selection box (along the left edge of the Grid View grid).
- Clear all selections with the Clear Selections button in the bottom toolbar.
- Results are exported as comma-separated-values, one record per line, which can be saved to disk or opened directly with applications such as Microsoft Excel.
To create a link to specific records at NMNH provide the appropriate unit and querystring to:
where UNIT is:
- anth, birds, botany, ento, fishes, herps, iz, mammals, ms, or paleo
and QUERYSTRING is (use a plus-sign to separate words):
- One or more CATALOG NUMBERS, e.g.
- One or more BARCODES, e.g.
- The NAME of a TYPE specimen, e.g.:
- The NAME of a specimen or object, e.g.:
- A By Field query supplying the NAME (qn) and/or FAMILY (fm) and/or TYPE STATUS (qt) of a specimen, and/or its COLLECTOR (co), the COLLECTION (cn) it is part of, the LIFE STAGE (ls), records with IMAGES ONLY (io), e.g.:
(Holotypes whose name includes Torre and Bartsch collected by Webb and part of the Henderson Collection)
- To open the Collections Search to a specific search tab, e.g.
Tabs are numbered left to right, beginning with zero.
- iz/?ti=1 (Invertebrate Zoology Keywords Search)
- mammals/?ti=3 (Mammals Whale Collection Search)
There are ways to speed up your queries (or slow them down!) and to find specific information.
- The more specific you make your queries the faster they will execute. Using more, rather than fewer, terms will very likely speed up your search.
- These following special characters modify the interpretation of search terms (use with as many other terms as possible to avoid slowing your search):
- * matches any number of characters, e.g. *pseudo*
- ? matches a single character, e.g. young?lus frank?
- ! negates the presence of a term, e.g. !new
- ~ matches all terms with the given stem, e.g. ~spear for spear, spears, spearing, etc.
- = match is case-sensitive, e.g. =Paris
- Query results are typically limited to 5000 records. Avoid general queries, when you can, that are likely to bring back very large numbers of records, e.g. searching for arrow.
- Long running queries are automatically terminated, with no results returned.
- Some terminology has not been standardized. If you do not find what you are looking for, try synonyms and alternate spellings.
- Ethnology records often have a culture listed, but not a specific locality. Therefore, if you are looking for ethnology collections from a certain place, you may find more records by searching for the culture associated with that area (for example, Korean rather than South Korea)
- Archaeology records often have a site or geographic information listed, but not a culture. Therefore, you may find more records by searching by country, state, or site, rather than culture names or time periods (for example Cahokia rather than Mississippian)
- Information about this database, image use policies, and other sources of information are available in the Introduction.
Please use the Feedback page to report back any problems you find with the data, or with using these search pages.