For effective searching, please follow this advice:
- All text in WEDA is in the standard English character set; i.e. no
accented characters. Spelling is generally in US English, although
research interest information is not heavily screened.
- You can enter one or more words in one or more boxes. This is treated
as a Boolean AND search. WEDA will display only entries which match ALL
of your search keywords.
- Query boxes which contain less than two characters in a string are
ignored. So a search for "e", or "e a c h" will fail to find anything, but
"B uffalo" will find the same as a search for "Buffalo". Also, any non-
alphanumeric characters (e.g. spaces, tabs, dashes, asterisks) are converted
- "All or part of a person's
For the name of a person, try typing just their last name (e.g.
"smith"). (People may have provided their full given name(s), or just used
abbreviations, or even nicknames.)
- "The title of an institution or
For the name of a university or department, type in one or more
words from their official name. Again, this is treated as a Boolean AND search.
For example, "buffalo anthropology" would find only enteries with "buffalo"
AND "anthropology", such as "University at Buffalo - Anthropology
Department", but not "University at Buffalo - Department of Classics".
- "Geographic location
This is based on an entry's postal address. If you are interested in a
particular region or country, type in one or
more "address" keywords. Since this is a Boolean AND search, querying "new
mexico" would find all entries from "New Mexico", but none from the country of
"Mexico" (unless a Mexican address contains the word "new").
- "Research interest
For research interests, type in one or more keywords. This is also an
AND search, so a search for "physical" would find "physical anthropology" and
any other mentions of "physical", such as "physical stress", while "physical
primate" would only find entries listing both "physical" AND
- You can use wildcards for convenience in typing your query. Any non-
alphanumeric character, such as an asterisk (*), or a dot (.) can stand for a
character. WEDA will actually ignore the character, converting it to a space.
But "arch*eology" will find "archeology" as well as "archaeology".
- When you get a successful search, click on any entry's "header" to see
that entire entry. All URL's and email addresses are active.
- If you did not have any luck with your search, try these
Last Modified: Jan 25, 1999