Searching on the Commons

Beginning Your Search

The quickest way to begin a search on the H-Net Commons is by clicking on the Search icon in the top-level menu, in the upper right corner of your screen. This menu, including the Search icon, is accessible from any page on the site. Once you click on the Search icon, use the dropdown menu to select the type of search you want.

Searching for People

If you select "People" from the Search icon, be sure to only type in the last name of the user you want to find. Once you hit enter, you can add more information, such as a first name or an email address, to further narrow down your search. 

Using Advanced Search

Use the Advanced Search page to further delimit your search results. The Advanced Search page will allow you to narrow down your search to specific networks, types of content, keywords, and more. You can even save a frequently-used Advanced Search directly to your My H-Net page so that you don't have to recreate it each time.

Start by clicking the Search icon in the top-level menu. Instead of typing your search terms in the box and choosing an item from the dropdown menu, click the link at the bottom of the block that says "Advanced search."

Once you are on the Advanced Search page, you can add conditions that will help narrow down your results. Certain search conditions will have a defined set of targets (like Networks), others will be more open-ended and will require you to input specific targets (like Keywords).