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eCommons: Cornell's Digital Repository

Information and user support for eCommons, Cornell's Digital Repository.

Where to search

The search box is located in the upper right corner of the home page. Advanced search can be reached directly at https://ecommons.cornell.edu/discover, and via the results page after you perform a simple search.

eCommons is fully indexed by Google and other search engines.

How searching eCommons works.

Default search: The default eCommons search is keyword, and full text. This means the search engine is looking for your search term(s), or variants, in all of the metadata (title, author, etc.) AND in the full text of documents on eCommons. 

If you do not have a specific search phrase, using multiple keywords will refine results and potentially generate more fruitful results. Search results are displayed in order of relevance by default.

Advanced Search: eCommons does not have a traditional “Advanced Search” but advanced search features may be access via a search results page, or directly via https://ecommons.cornell.edu/discover.

Use advanced search to structure a multi-part question by putting together a series of filters. Available filters appear as a browseable list to the left, or are available by selecting “Show Advanced Filters." You may choose which type of information to search (eg: author, title, subject) and how to search it (the exact term, “equals” or broader terms, “contains”). Multiple filters can added using the plus sign to the right of the field.

You can also limit your basic keyword search to a particular eCommons community by selecting a community from the pulldown menu next to the search bar.

Search tips

  • All searches on eCommons use word stemming, so common suffixes will be included in the results (for example, a search for work will include results for worked and worker).

  • Phrase searching is supported (quotes around a phrase will search for the entire phrase instead of its component parts. eg: "United States" will search for the phrase "United States" instead of "United" AND "States").

  • In general, to get more results, perform a full text search. That is, do not specify which metadata field(s) (such as author, title, etc.) to search. 

Limitations of searching

Truncation and wildcard searching (“?” or “*”) are not currently supported.

Common Roman accents are accepted, but languages that use non-Roman characters will be presented with a uniform, phonetic title, a title in translation or both.