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Rhode Island History Online Directory Initiative - Search & Browse Tips

Search & Browse Tips

The RHODI Directory is designed with a broad audience in mind. It may be used by teachers encouraging students to learn about local history; by independent researchers looking for specific records; or by tourists or families looking for a museum to visit within the state. 

Mindful of each these (and more) user groups, we have included several search and browse options intended to create multiple access points for all organizations featured in the directory.  

Basic Search

At the upper righthand corner of every page in the RHODI Directory, you'll see the basic search box: 


Like the Google search box, this is a place to enter broad search terms for quick results. Enter the name of a town, the name of a subject, or the name of a collection object that interests you for quick, comprehensive results. 

Advanced Search

The Search tab of the Main Menu will direct you to RHODI's advanced Search Sites option. Here, you can select specific criteria to retrieve a more narrow selection of historic sites.

*Tip: Start with fewer search criteria for best results. If your retrieval is still too broad, you can narrow your search with additional criteria.  


Looking for a site based on location?

Try out our visual Locations Map to see the distribution of libraries, museums, and other historical organizations throughout the state. 

You can also browse by location by using the Browse menu found on the lefthand side of the Directory and Search pages. Just use the City dropdown menu to select the city of your choice, then hit the Search button, as seen here: 


Looking for a site based on a general area of interest? 

Maybe you are looking for organizations with collections or programs related to military history, or sites with digital repositories that you can browse online, or living history reenactment units. These are the types of organizations you can find by navigating again to the lefthand Browse menu and using the Theme dropdown menu, as shown below: