Searches Help

There are three types of searches in the databases of the Central Zionist Archives:

a. Site search which allows you to search for words in the texts of the website only.
b. Archives search which allows you to do a quick search in the CZA database according to the words
    you choose.
c. Advanced search which allows you to do a specific search in the CZA database based on criteria which
    you fill in, in the different fields of the various collections. 
 
 
a. Site search: 
In order to carry out a search in the website pages, please type in the word or words for which you are looking, and after that click on the button “Site search”.
 
b. Archives search: 
In order to carry out a quick search in the CZA databases, please type in the search word or words and after that click on the button “Archives search”. The site will present all the results received for all the types of material (correspondence, photographs, maps, posters and handbills, books, newspapers and periodicals, audio items and artifacts).
If you select one of the types, the items of that type retrieved from the database will be presented. This search provides results from all the fields of the various types of material. For example: A search for the term Tel Aviv will return results containing the term “Tel Aviv” in the description of a file, in the title of a book and in the subject of a poster.
A maximum of 1000 results for each type will be presented. If the system locates more than 1000 results per type, the exact number of results will not be provided; rather a notice will appear that more than a thousand results were located for that type of material.
 
c. Advanced search:
Firstly, please choose the database in which you would like to search, by choosing one of the types of material in the list of databases. Thereafter, in accordance with the database you chose, a list of fields will be presented. For example: In the Photograph Collection, one can note the name of the photographer for whom you are searching. In all the databases it is possible to note the specific year or the span of years for which you would like to search.
A maximum of 1000 results for each type will be presented. If the system locates more than 1000 results per type, the exact number of results will not be provided; rather a notice will appear that more than a thousand results were located for that type of material.  
 
General instructions: 
For instructions on how to search in Hebrew, please see the Hebrew page
 
  • The language of the search
  • Please note that about 80% of the database - not the actual material – is in Hebrew. If you carry out a search in English, you will only be searching on about 20% of the database. Therefore it is advisable to carry out searches in English and Hebrew.
 
  • Search for a term made up of two words
  • When searching for a term made up of two words, one does not need to add the word AND between the two words. Also, do not add inverted commas before and after the term. A search of a two-word string will return results containing the string.
    For example: A search for the term Balfour Declaration will present results where the two words appear together.
 
  • Search for names of a person or a place
  • When searching for the name of a person or a place, please try all the versions of the name.
    For example: Romania and Roumania
                         Sharett and Shertok        
                         Sheikh Abreich and Tivon    
 
  • Synonyms
  • The system does not provide synonyms for the word you entered.
     
    Please note that for the time being, it is not possible to order material ahead of time via the website, to review when you visit the CZA reading room. You have to visit the CZA and order the files in the reading room. Some of the documents are scanned and can be viewed on the computers in the reading room. If the files are not scanned they can be ordered from the store-rooms. For additional explanations for first-time visitors click here.