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-Keyword Search
-Standard Search
-Advanced Search
-History Standard Search
-Ethnology Standard Search
-Archaeology Standard Search
-Herpetology Standard Search
-Ichthyology Standard Search
-Invertebrate Zoology Standard Search
-Botany Standard Search
-Mammals Standard Search
-Ornithology Standard Search
-Palaeontology Standard Search
-Entomology Standard Search
-Contact Information

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This provides general tips for the use of our search. The search requires you to select the method of search from one of the offered methods. The Search Collections has three methods of searching Keyword Search, Standard Search and Advanced Search.

Keyword Search - back to top

Enter any keyword(s) in the search field and the system will search all collection data for any data that contains the keyword(s) provided. You can provide multiple keywords and the search engine will search all collection records within Archaeology, Ethnology, Modern History, Botany, Entomology, Geology, Herpetology, Invertebrate Zoology, Ichthyology, Mammals, Ornithology, and Palaeontology and return matching results. A partial search is used for the keyword search. Any records that contain the words provided will be returned. For example, teacup will return miniature teacup, breakfast teacup, teacup, teacup and saucer etc.
For Advanced Search options, please select a specific displine from the menu on the left and this will give you the option to perform a Standard Search or an Advanced Search on a broader range of fields.

The following are the fields you can search on each discipline using the keyword search:

Archaeology:
-Borden number
-Catalogue Number
-Description
-Object Name
-Object Type

Ethnology:
-Catalogue Number
-Description
-Name
-Object Type

Modern History:
-Catalogue Number
-Object Name
-Made
-Subject
-Used
-Significant Date

Natural History (Botany, Entomology, Geology, Herpetology, Invertebrate Zoology, Ichthyology, Mammals, Ornithology, and Palaeontology):
-Catalogue Number
-Scientific Name
-Description
-Field Event Code
-Location Name
-Phylum (Invertebrate Zoology and Palaeontology only)
-Class
-Order
-Family
-Genus
-Species
-Subspecies
-RBCM Common Name
-Synonym(s)
-Type
-Original Type Name
-Collection Event Date

Standard Search - back to top

After you select the method of search you must provide search criteria to assist the search engine in locating your collection record of interest for the collection you selected. The more information you provide the narrower the search results will become. If you provide little information the performance of your search will be negatively impacted. When you have finished adding your criteria click on the Perform Search button to initiate the search. A page will display with the records that matched the criteria provided. After entering the criteria and performing your search, you have the opportunity to refine your search or perform a new search. After performing the search, the search results page will be displayed and it will show you a list of all catalogue records that matched the criteria provided. Refine Search will return you to the search criteria page for the method of search that you selected. The criteria you previously provided will be displayed and you will have the opportunity to enter in new search criteria and re-execute the search. By default the majority of search fields presented in the Standard Search use a phrase search. The system will look for all records that contain the phrase you provided. There are exceptions where a field does an ‘exact’ search. To search for an exact match, place quotation marks around two or more words. For example, “teacup”, will perform an exact search for only teacup within the field. New search will return you to the search criteria page for the collection you have selected. All criteria will be blank. Detailed information about each of the search methods and fields that you can search within Ethnology, Archaeology, History, Herpetology, Ichthyology, Invertebrate Zoology, Botany, Mammals, Ornithology, Palaeontology and Entomology is described below.

Advanced Search - back to top

The Advanced Search is an advanced search technique that enables selection of any of the fields for a collection. For each field you are able to specify the operator and value within a field. You can add multiple criteria to search on. Each criteria added will narrow your search results. To use the Advanced Search, select the field from the list of fields that are available, select an operator for the field and enter a search criteria for the field. Click the Add Criteria button to add the additional search criteria. The criteria you add will display within the bottom portion of the screen. You can reset the search to start a new Advanced search or use the standard search to return to searching by pre defined fields.
Advanced Search will allow you to perform more complex search that are not available in the Standard Search.
For example, if you wanted to search for all Botany collections of "Phippsia algida" made since 2000; you would start by adding the first criteria of Field Name = "Scientific Name", Operator = 'contains', and Value = "Phippsia algida". Then you will add a second critira of Field Name = "Collection Date", Operator = "greater than", and Value = "2000-01-01" (Selected from the date picker).

History Standard Search - back to top

By default the majority of search fields presented in the Standard Search use a phrase search. The system will look for all records that contain the phrase you provided. There are exceptions where a field does an ‘exact’ search. To search for an exact match, place quotation marks around two or more words.

For example, “teacup”, will perform an exact search for only teacup within the field.
Catalogue Number Enter the catalogue number associated with a specific collection record. It is a random reference number assigned by RBCM. For example, 965.1459.1. You must provide the exact catalogue number.
Object Name Default is partial phrase Search. You can also do an exact search by one of more words enclosed in quotation marks. For example, ‘cup’ will only look for collection records where the object name is cup.
Made This indicates where the collection record was made. Partial phrase Search. Type ahead will bring up a list of values which you can select from.
Used Indicates where the collection record was used. Partial phrase Search. Type ahead will bring up a list of values which you can select from.
Description Provides a short free text description of the collection record. Partial phrase search.
Subject Contains the subject areas that are related to the collection record. Partial phrase Search. Type ahead will bring up a list of values which you can select from.
Est Early Production Date Select a date range from the calendar provided.
End Production Date Select a date range from the calendar provided.

Ethnology Standard Search - back to top

By default the majority of search fields presented in the Standard Search use a phrase search. The system will look for all records that contain the phrase you provided. There are exceptions where a field does an ‘exact’ search. To search for an exact match, place quotation marks around two or more words.

For example, “mask”, will perform an exact search for only mask within the field.
Catalogue Number Enter the catalogue number associated with a specific collection record. It is a random reference number assigned by RBCM. For example, 10020. You must provide the exact catalogue number.
Object Name Default is partial phrase Search.
Object Type This indicates the type of the object. Partial phrase Search. Type ahead will bring up a list of values which you can select from.
Description Provides a short free text description of the collection record. Partial phrase search.
Classification Contains the classification that are related to the collection record. Partial phrase Search. Type ahead will bring up a list of values which you can select from.
Culture Indicates the culture(s) associated with the object. Type ahead will bring up a list of values which you can select from.
Cultural Group Indicates the culture group(s) associated with this object.. Type ahead will bring up a list of values which you can select from.
Community Indicates the culture group(s) associated with this object. Type ahead will bring up a list of values which you can select from.
Individual Artist of the object. Names have been entered as Last Name, First Name. Therefore you must put in for example, Thompson, Art to get only Art Thompson work. If you put in Thompson, you will get all artists with a last name of Thompson, Emily. Partial phrase search.
Manufacturer Manufacturer of the object. Partial phrase search.
Materials Material used for the object. Partial phrase search.


Archaeology Standard Search - back to top

By default the majority of search fields presented in the Standard Search use a phrase search. The system will look for all records that contain the phrase you provided. There are exceptions where a field does an ‘exact’ search. To search for an exact match, place quotation marks around two or more words.

For example, “abrader”, will perform an exact search for only abrader within the field.
Borden Number Borden Number that is from the Borden Number System of Site Identification. It is a unique identifier for each archaeological site in Canada.

You can enter a full borden number of the first characters of a borden number. For example, DfRw or DfRw-1.
Catalogue Number Enter the catalogue number associated with a specific collection record. It is a random reference number assigned by RBCM. For example, 12.

You must provide the exact catalogue number.
Object Name This indicates the type of the object. Partial phrase Search.
Description Provides a short free text description of the collection record. Partial phrase search.
Geo Cultural Area Indicates the geographic cultural area associated with the object. Partial phrase search.
Cultural Group Indicates the culture group(s) associated with this object. Type ahead will bring up a list of values which you can select from.
Natural Region Indicates the natural region associated with this object. Type ahead will bring up a list of values which you can select from.
Individual Artist of the object. Names have been entered as Last Name, First Name. Therefore you must put in for example, Thompson, Art to get only Art Thompson work. If you put in Thompson, you will get all artists with a last name of Thompson, Emily. Partial phrase search.
Manufacturer Manufacturer of the object. Partial phrase search.
Materials Material used for the object. Partial phrase search.
Techniques Indicates the techniques used in the creation of the object. Partial phrase search.
Uncalibrated radio carbon years present Indicates the years.


Herpetology Standard Search - back to top

By default the majority of search fields presented in the Standard Search use a phrase search. The system will look for all records that contain the phrase you provided. There are exceptions where a field does an ‘exact’ search. To search for an exact match, place quotation marks around two or more words.

For example, “abrader”, will perform an exact search for only abrader within the field.
Catalogue Number Enter the catalogue number associated with a specific collection record. It is a random reference number assigned by RBCM. For example, 12.

You must provide the exact catalogue number.
Scientific Name Enter the Genus, species and subspecies names (if applicable) together in one string.
Location Name Enter the name of a collection location as listed in the BC Gazetteer or other official list location names. Eg. Barkley Sound; Bamfield
Phylum Enter the taxonomic assignment at the level of Phylum. Eg. Echinodermata
Class Enter the taxonomic assignment at the level of Class. Eg. Mammalia
Order Enter the taxonomic assignment at the level of Order. Eg. Carnivora
Family Enter the taxonomic assignment at the level of Family. Eg. Canidae
Genus Enter the taxonomic assignment at the level of Genus. Eg. Canis
Species Enter the taxonomic assignment at the level of Species. Eg. lupus
Subspecies Enter the taxonomic assignment at the level of Subspecies. Eg. familiaris
RBCM Common Name Enter the common name adopted and used by RBCM
CDC Enter the coding as denoted by the provincial Conservation Data Centre. Eg. red, blue, yellow
CITES Enter the classification as per the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species. Eg. appendix I, appendix II, appendix III
COSEWIC Enter the status coding as per the Committee on the Status of Endangered Wildlife in Canada. Eg. endangered, extirpated, threatened, special concern
Synonym(s) Variations on scientific names used prior to the current accepted genus and/or species assignment
Other Common Names Any non-RBCM Common Names for the species.
Specimen Nature Term referring to the nature of the specimen. i.e. skeleton, skull, tissue, skin.
Specimen Type Name The original scientific name of the type specimen
Specimen Type Specific term relating to type specimen. i.e. holotype, paratype, syntype
Sex Gender assignment for specimen
Age Term to describe age class of specimen. i.e. adult, larva, juvenile, egg


Ichthyology Standard Search - back to top

By default the majority of search fields presented in the Standard Search use a phrase search. The system will look for all records that contain the phrase you provided. There are exceptions where a field does an ‘exact’ search. To search for an exact match, place quotation marks around two or more words.

For example, “abrader”, will perform an exact search for only abrader within the field.
Catalogue Number Enter the catalogue number associated with a specific collection record. It is a random reference number assigned by RBCM. For example, 12.

You must provide the exact catalogue number.
Scientific Name Enter the Genus, species and subspecies names (if applicable) together in one string.
Location Name Enter the name of a collection location as listed in the BC Gazetteer or other official list location names. Eg. Barkley Sound; Bamfield
Class Enter the taxonomic assignment at the level of Class. Eg. Mammalia
Order Enter the taxonomic assignment at the level of Order. Eg. Carnivora
Family Enter the taxonomic assignment at the level of Family. Eg. Canidae
Genus Enter the taxonomic assignment at the level of Genus. Eg. Canis
Species Enter the taxonomic assignment at the level of Species. Eg. lupus
Subspecies Enter the taxonomic assignment at the level of Subspecies. Eg. familiaris
RBCM Common Name Enter the common name adopted and used by RBCM
CDC Enter the coding as denoted by the provincial Conservation Data Centre. Eg. red, blue, yellow
CITES Enter the classification as per the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species. Eg. appendix I, appendix II, appendix III
COSEWIC Enter the status coding as per the Committee on the Status of Endangered Wildlife in Canada. Eg. endangered, extirpated, threatened, special concern
Synonym(s) Variations on scientific names used prior to the current accepted genus and/or species assignment
Other Common Names Any non-RBCM Common Names for the species.
Specimen Nature Term referring to the nature of the specimen. i.e. skeleton, skull, tissue, skin.
Specimen Type Name The original scientific name of the type specimen
Specimen Type Specific term relating to type specimen. i.e. holotype, paratype, syntype
Sex Gender assignment for specimen
Age Term to describe age class of specimen. i.e. adult, larva, juvenile, egg


Invertebrate Zoology Standard Search - back to top

By default the majority of search fields presented in the Standard Search use a phrase search. The system will look for all records that contain the phrase you provided. There are exceptions where a field does an ‘exact’ search. To search for an exact match, place quotation marks around two or more words.

For example, “abrader”, will perform an exact search for only abrader within the field.
Catalogue Number Enter the catalogue number associated with a specific collection record. It is a random reference number assigned by RBCM. For example, 12.

You must provide the exact catalogue number.
Scientific Name Enter the Genus, species and subspecies names (if applicable) together in one string.
Location Name Enter the name of a collection location as listed in the BC Gazetteer or other official list location names. Eg. Barkley Sound; Bamfield
Class Enter the taxonomic assignment at the level of Class. Eg. Mammalia
Order Enter the taxonomic assignment at the level of Order. Eg. Carnivora
Family Enter the taxonomic assignment at the level of Family. Eg. Canidae
Genus Enter the taxonomic assignment at the level of Genus. Eg. Canis
Species Enter the taxonomic assignment at the level of Species. Eg. lupus
Subspecies Enter the taxonomic assignment at the level of Subspecies. Eg. familiaris
RBCM Common Name Enter the common name adopted and used by RBCM
CDC Enter the coding as denoted by the provincial Conservation Data Centre. Eg. red, blue, yellow
CITES Enter the classification as per the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species. Eg. appendix I, appendix II, appendix III
COSEWIC Enter the status coding as per the Committee on the Status of Endangered Wildlife in Canada. Eg. endangered, extirpated, threatened, special concern
Synonym(s) Variations on scientific names used prior to the current accepted genus and/or species assignment
Other Common Names Any non-RBCM Common Names for the species.
Specimen Nature Term referring to the nature of the specimen. i.e. skeleton, skull, tissue, skin.
Specimen Type Name The original scientific name of the type specimen
Specimen Type Specific term relating to type specimen. i.e. holotype, paratype, syntype
Sex Gender assignment for specimen
Age Term to describe age class of specimen. i.e. adult, larva, juvenile, egg


Botany Standard Search - back to top

By default the majority of search fields presented in the Standard Search use a phrase search. The system will look for all records that contain the phrase you provided. There are exceptions where a field does an ‘exact’ search. To search for an exact match, place quotation marks around two or more words.

For example, “abrader”, will perform an exact search for only abrader within the field.
Catalogue Number Enter the catalogue number associated with a specific collection record. It is a random reference number assigned by RBCM. For example, 12.

You must provide the exact catalogue number.
Scientific Name Enter the Genus, species and subspecies names (if applicable) together in one string.
Location Name Enter the name of a collection location as listed in the BC Gazetteer or other official list location names. Eg. Barkley Sound; Bamfield
Phylum Enter the taxonomic assignment at the level of Phylum. Eg. Echinodermata
Class Enter the taxonomic assignment at the level of Class. Eg. Mammalia
Order Enter the taxonomic assignment at the level of Order. Eg. Carnivora
Family Enter the taxonomic assignment at the level of Family. Eg. Canidae
Genus Enter the taxonomic assignment at the level of Genus. Eg. Canis
Forma [Needs Description]
Hybrid [Needs Description]
Variety [Needs Description]
Species Enter the taxonomic assignment at the level of Species. Eg. lupus
Subspecies Enter the taxonomic assignment at the level of Subspecies. Eg. familiaris
RBCM Common Name Enter the common name adopted and used by RBCM
CDC Enter the coding as denoted by the provincial Conservation Data Centre. Eg. red, blue, yellow
CITES Enter the classification as per the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species. Eg. appendix I, appendix II, appendix III
COSEWIC Enter the status coding as per the Committee on the Status of Endangered Wildlife in Canada. Eg. endangered, extirpated, threatened, special concern
Synonym(s) Variations on scientific names used prior to the current accepted genus and/or species assignment
Other Common Names Any non-RBCM Common Names for the species.
Specimen Nature Term referring to the nature of the specimen. i.e. skeleton, skull, tissue, skin.
Specimen Type Name The original scientific name of the type specimen
Specimen Type Specific term relating to type specimen. i.e. holotype, paratype, syntype
Sex Gender assignment for specimen
Age Term to describe age class of specimen. i.e. adult, larva, juvenile, egg


Mammals Standard Search - back to top

By default the majority of search fields presented in the Standard Search use a phrase search. The system will look for all records that contain the phrase you provided. There are exceptions where a field does an ‘exact’ search. To search for an exact match, place quotation marks around two or more words.

For example, “abrader”, will perform an exact search for only abrader within the field.
Catalogue Number Enter the catalogue number associated with a specific collection record. It is a random reference number assigned by RBCM. For example, 12.

You must provide the exact catalogue number.
Scientific Name Enter the Genus, species and subspecies names (if applicable) together in one string.
Location Name Enter the name of a collection location as listed in the BC Gazetteer or other official list location names. Eg. Barkley Sound; Bamfield
Class Enter the taxonomic assignment at the level of Class. Eg. Mammalia
Order Enter the taxonomic assignment at the level of Order. Eg. Carnivora
Family Enter the taxonomic assignment at the level of Family. Eg. Canidae
Genus Enter the taxonomic assignment at the level of Genus. Eg. Canis
Species Enter the taxonomic assignment at the level of Species. Eg. lupus
Subspecies Enter the taxonomic assignment at the level of Subspecies. Eg. familiaris
RBCM Common Name Enter the common name adopted and used by RBCM
CDC Enter the coding as denoted by the provincial Conservation Data Centre. Eg. red, blue, yellow
CITES Enter the classification as per the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species. Eg. appendix I, appendix II, appendix III
COSEWIC Enter the status coding as per the Committee on the Status of Endangered Wildlife in Canada. Eg. endangered, extirpated, threatened, special concern
Synonym(s) Variations on scientific names used prior to the current accepted genus and/or species assignment
Other Common Names Any non-RBCM Common Names for the species.
Specimen Nature Term referring to the nature of the specimen. i.e. skeleton, skull, tissue, skin.
Specimen Type Name The original scientific name of the type specimen
Specimen Type Specific term relating to type specimen. i.e. holotype, paratype, syntype
Sex Gender assignment for specimen
Age Term to describe age class of specimen. i.e. adult, larva, juvenile, egg


Ornithology Standard Search - back to top

By default the majority of search fields presented in the Standard Search use a phrase search. The system will look for all records that contain the phrase you provided. There are exceptions where a field does an ‘exact’ search. To search for an exact match, place quotation marks around two or more words.

For example, “abrader”, will perform an exact search for only abrader within the field.
Catalogue Number Enter the catalogue number associated with a specific collection record. It is a random reference number assigned by RBCM. For example, 12.

You must provide the exact catalogue number.
Scientific Name Enter the Genus, species and subspecies names (if applicable) together in one string.
Location Name Enter the name of a collection location as listed in the BC Gazetteer or other official list location names. Eg. Barkley Sound; Bamfield
Order Enter the taxonomic assignment at the level of Order. Eg. Carnivora
Family Enter the taxonomic assignment at the level of Family. Eg. Canidae
Genus Enter the taxonomic assignment at the level of Genus. Eg. Canis
Forma [Needs Description]
Variety [Needs Description]
Species Enter the taxonomic assignment at the level of Species. Eg. lupus
Subspecies Enter the taxonomic assignment at the level of Subspecies. Eg. familiaris
RBCM Common Name Enter the common name adopted and used by RBCM
CDC Enter the coding as denoted by the provincial Conservation Data Centre. Eg. red, blue, yellow
CITES Enter the classification as per the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species. Eg. appendix I, appendix II, appendix III
COSEWIC Enter the status coding as per the Committee on the Status of Endangered Wildlife in Canada. Eg. endangered, extirpated, threatened, special concern
Synonym(s) Variations on scientific names used prior to the current accepted genus and/or species assignment
Other Common Names Any non-RBCM Common Names for the species.
Specimen Nature Term referring to the nature of the specimen. i.e. skeleton, skull, tissue, skin.
Specimen Type Name The original scientific name of the type specimen
Specimen Type Specific term relating to type specimen. i.e. holotype, paratype, syntype
Sex Gender assignment for specimen
Age Term to describe age class of specimen. i.e. adult, larva, juvenile, egg


Palaeontology Standard Search - back to top

By default the majority of search fields presented in the Standard Search use a phrase search. The system will look for all records that contain the phrase you provided. There are exceptions where a field does an ‘exact’ search. To search for an exact match, place quotation marks around two or more words.

For example, “abrader”, will perform an exact search for only abrader within the field.
Catalogue Number Enter the catalogue number associated with a specific collection record. It is a random reference number assigned by RBCM. For example, 12.

You must provide the exact catalogue number.
Scientific Name Enter the Genus, species and subspecies names (if applicable) together in one string.
Location Name Enter the name of a collection location as listed in the BC Gazetteer or other official list location names. Eg. Barkley Sound; Bamfield
Class Enter the taxonomic assignment at the level of Class. Eg. Mammalia
Order Enter the taxonomic assignment at the level of Order. Eg. Carnivora
Family Enter the taxonomic assignment at the level of Family. Eg. Canidae
Genus Enter the taxonomic assignment at the level of Genus. Eg. Canis
Species Enter the taxonomic assignment at the level of Species. Eg. lupus
Subspecies Enter the taxonomic assignment at the level of Subspecies. Eg. familiaris
CITES Enter the classification as per the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species. Eg. appendix I, appendix II, appendix III
Synonym(s) Variations on scientific names used prior to the current accepted genus and/or species assignment
Other Common Names Any non-RBCM Common Names for the species.
Specimen Nature Term referring to the nature of the specimen. i.e. skeleton, skull, tissue, skin.
Specimen Type Name The original scientific name of the type specimen
Specimen Type Specific term relating to type specimen. i.e. holotype, paratype, syntype
Sex Gender assignment for specimen
Age Term to describe age class of specimen. i.e. adult, larva, juvenile, egg


Entomology Standard Search - back to top

By default the majority of search fields presented in the Standard Search use a phrase search. The system will look for all records that contain the phrase you provided. There are exceptions where a field does an ‘exact’ search. To search for an exact match, place quotation marks around two or more words.

For example, “abrader”, will perform an exact search for only abrader within the field.
Catalogue Number Enter the catalogue number associated with a specific collection record. It is a random reference number assigned by RBCM. For example, 12.

You must provide the exact catalogue number.
Scientific Name Enter the Genus, species and subspecies names (if applicable) together in one string.
Location Name Enter the name of a collection location as listed in the BC Gazetteer or other official list location names. Eg. Barkley Sound; Bamfield
Phylum Enter the taxonomic assignment at the level of Phylum. Eg. Echinodermata
Class Enter the taxonomic assignment at the level of Class. Eg. Mammalia
Order Enter the taxonomic assignment at the level of Order. Eg. Carnivora
Family Enter the taxonomic assignment at the level of Family. Eg. Canidae
Genus Enter the taxonomic assignment at the level of Genus. Eg. Canis
Species Enter the taxonomic assignment at the level of Species. Eg. lupus
Subspecies Enter the taxonomic assignment at the level of Subspecies. Eg. familiaris
RBCM Common Name Enter the common name adopted and used by RBCM
CDC Enter the coding as denoted by the provincial Conservation Data Centre. Eg. red, blue, yellow
CITES Enter the classification as per the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species. Eg. appendix I, appendix II, appendix III
COSEWIC Enter the status coding as per the Committee on the Status of Endangered Wildlife in Canada. Eg. endangered, extirpated, threatened, special concern
Synonym(s) Variations on scientific names used prior to the current accepted genus and/or species assignment
Other Common Names Any non-RBCM Common Names for the species.
Specimen Nature Term referring to the nature of the specimen. i.e. skeleton, skull, tissue, skin.
Specimen Type Specific term relating to type specimen. i.e. holotype, paratype, syntype
Sex Gender assignment for specimen
Age Term to describe age class of specimen. i.e. adult, larva, juvenile, egg


Contact Information - back to top

receptionist@royalbcmuseum.bc.ca