Basic Search Results: Filter and Sort Options

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Filter Options

To filter Basic Search results by subject:

  1. Check the box next to any of the the subject categories listed under SUBJECT on the left hand side of the results page.
  2. The search results display will filter using the chosen subject categories, which will appear in the Your Selections box at the top left of the results page.
  3. To remove a subject filter, click the X next to the subject in Your Selections OR uncheck the subject category under SUBJECT. To remove all filters, click Clear All Selections in Your Selections.
  4. To add more subject filters, check the box next to any of the additional subject categories listed under SUBJECT. This will narrow your results to those that fall under all chosen subjects. 

To filter by article type:

  1. Check the box next to any of the the article type categories listed under ARTICLE TYPE on the left hand side of the results page.
  2. The search results display will filter using the chosen article type, which will appear in the Your Selections box at the top left of the results page.
  3. To remove a subject filter, click the X next to the subject in Your Selections OR uncheck the article type under ARTICLE TYPE. To remove all filters, click Clear All Selections in Your Selections.
  4. To add more article types, check the box next to any of the additional article types listed under ARTICLE TYPE. This will narrow your results to those that fall under all chosen article types.

To filter by date:

  1. Check the box next to any of the years or year span listed under DATE on the left hand side of the results page.
  2. The search results display will filter using the chosen year or year span which will appear in the Your Selections box at the top left of the results page.
  3. To remove a date filter, click the X next to the subject in Your Selections OR uncheck the year or year span under DATE. To remove all filters, click Clear All Selections in Your Selections.
  4. To add more years, check the box next to any of the additional year or year span listed under DATE. This will narrow your results to those that fall under all chosen years.

Please note: some categories of content, such as Encyclopedia articles and Key Biographies, do not have dates and will not be included when results are filtered by date.

Sort Options

To change sort order:

  1. Use the drop-down menu above the search results.
  2. Basic search results can be sorted by Relevance (the default), Newest to Oldest, Oldest to Newest, or by Title.

To change number of results displayed per page:

  1. Use the number links that appear above the search results.
  2. Users can change the number of results displayed per page from 25 (the default) to 50 or 75.
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