State Records Office of WA SROWA

Government of Western Australia, Department for Culture and the Arts.

Search tips

AtoM allows users to search for data in a number of different ways.

The Browse function allows users to look at the data from a pre-defined perspective, e.g. by looking for a series or for an organisation or person that was predominantly associated with the creation or control of the archival record in question. The Search options provide users with the opportunity to identify specific items by words in the title or by the identification code that has been assigned to the record by the SRO. It allows the search to be filtered by repository (where the records are held), by its copyright status, responsible organisation and so on.

Browse
The Browse menu is at the top of the page. Use the pull down menu to choose the type of record you are interested in.

Browse options are:

Archival Description (series and items)
Organisations and People (agency)

Archival institutions
Functions (the activities and responsibilities of an organisation at whole of government, agency and record creation level).
Subjects
Places
Digital Objects

Browse by entity type
The Browse menu provides a table of archival descriptions, organisations and people, etc, which can be sorted by most recently updated, reference code or alphabetically. The reference code sorts by series number, consignment and item number, but will only show the item number.
You can further filter browse by using the menu on the lefthand side of the page.

Search
The main search field is located at the top of the AtoM page. Enter a term into the field and click on the ‘search icon’ to start the search. AtoM will look for elements in any entity (archival or agency) description which meets the search term e.g. ‘Fremantle’.

Use the menu on the left hand side to further filter your search.
The search field also allows for truncated or ‘wild card’ searching e.g. exhibit*

Note that, as you search, the system provides suggestions.

Advanced Search

Click in the Search box at the top of the page. An advanced search box will show.

Click on the double arrows to open advanced search

Search within series
You can also refine your search by looking for a particular term in a series. This is particularly useful when looking for an item by title or name.
Enter the term you are looking for in the grey box and click on the magnifying glass.