Advanced Searching for Events, Locations, Organizations, Resources, and Tasks

Looking to make a Quick Search?

Learn how to use quick searches here: Quick Searching for Events, Locations, Organizations, Resources, and Contacts

Using Advanced Search Options

Security Note

To enable searching for your users' security groups, look for the following optional permissions in Series25 Group Administration:

In the "Basic Options" tab:

  • 8.0 View Tasks List
  • 14.0 Basic Location Searching
  • 14.1 Advanced Location Search
  • 16.0 Basic Resource Searching
  • 16.1 Advanced Resource Search
  • 18.0 Basic Organization Searching
  • 18.1 Advanced Organization Search

In the "Administrative Options" tab:

  • 12.0 Create, Edit, and Copy Contacts

When searching for events, locations, organizations, resources, and tasks, you can add more filters and options to narrow your search. Note: Because searching for contacts is simpler than searching for other objects, the Contacts search only utilizes the simple keyword search.

Just as you did for simple, keyword searches, navigate to the Search section by using the Go to Search link in the top navigation bar on every page of 25Live. There is also a Search link in the More menu in the top navigation.

1. Switch to the Advanced Search Section

Use the Advanced search toggle to reveal the advanced search area.

Animation: Use the toggle to switch to Advanced Search mode.Animation: Use the toggle to switch to Advanced Search mode.

2. Add Search Criteria

The Add Criteria button shows a drop-down menu with the items available to build your search. Add as many criteria as needed.

Tip: Using Wildcard Characters

A wildcard (asterisk *) character can be used when searching for some fields, such as an event name, to return even more results. For example, searching for "men" will return event names such as "Men's Basketball," but searching for "*men" will also return "Women's Basketball."

Advanced search using wildcard characterImage: A wildcard character can be used in search results to widen the number of results returned, but must be used with care.

You can add the character in multiple ways around or within keywords or partial words:

  • Before - *term
  • After - term*
  • Surrounding - *term*
  • In between parts of terms - first_term*second_term

Be careful when using wildcard characters, because you could return many more results than are useful for you to go through.

Excluding Searches From Results

Choose Add Criteria > Events > Event Exclude to not display some search results.Image: Choose Add Criteria > Events > Event Exclude to not display some search results.

When creating an advanced search for events, you can exclude some events from the results via saved searches.

Navigate to the Events criteria category, and choose Event Exclude (Via Search).

The selected search to exclude is marked with an asterisk.Image: The selected search to exclude is marked with an asterisk.

After selecting a search to exclude from this search's results, use the Done button.

Image: Adding more than one search to exclude from results.Image: Adding more than one search to exclude from results.

To exclude the results from more than one search, use the Add Criteria button again to add another search.

Using Relative Create Dates in Event Searches

Using relative dates in advanced searchImage: Using relative date controls when searching for an event by the Create Date.

When performing an advanced search for events, 25Live allows you to search both for a Specific Date or for relative dates using the Today +/- field to set how many days from the current date you would like to include in your search criteria. You may also add a time.

After completing these fields, you may continue to further narrow your search using the Add Criteria button.

3. Complete Options for Each Criterion

Check and complete any fields for operators, relationships, or other details in each criterion block you add.

Example criterion blockImage: Most criterion blocks have options to complete.

Tip: Search by Preferred Locations
Adding Preferred Location criteria
Image: You can search for more than one preferred location.

One of the many criteria that can be added to searches includes the ability to search by location preference, which returns events that have a space preference registered for any of the locations in the search.

4. Optionally Use Operators to Add More Criteria

There are operators between each criterion block. You can adjust each to indicate whether the relationship between each item should be “and” or “or.”

Operators between search criteria blocksImage: You can adjust the relationship between each block with operators.

Tip: Don't Add Too Many Criteria

Selecting too many criteria may yield too few results to find what you’re looking for. It’s best to initially select fewer, then add more as needed.

5. Run the Search

Use the Search button to view search results.

To clear your advanced search, use the X symbol  to remove criteria, or use the Reset link.

The Save As link will save your search. See Saving Searches.

For more on what you can do with the results of your search, see Working with Search Results.

Tip: Viewing SeriesSQL Syntax of Advanced Search

You can quickly see what the SeriesSQL (the internal search language of 25Live) syntax of your Advanced search is by toggling back to Quick Search.

Animation: Example of viewing SeriesSQL syntax.Animation: Example of viewing SeriesSQL syntax.