Filter your results in Library Search

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When you’re using Library Search to look for things to read, make sure you use the filters on the search results page.  If you don’t, you’ll be scrolling through pages and pages to find what you’re looking for.  Here’s a quick explanation of how some of the most popular filters work.

Across the top

Screenshot of filters across the top of the search results page

  • Peer reviewed journals – this will display only the highest quality publications, which have been approved by experts in the subject.
  • Available Online – useful if you want to see what’s available without coming into the library. This will show just electronic resources in your results list.
  • Available in the Library – shows you physical books on the shelves right now in Adsetts and Collegiate Libraries. This is useful if you’re in the library and want to know what you can borrow here and now, straight away. Clicking this filter will hide all the useful books that are on loan at the moment though, which is a shame because you might want to request some of them to read in future.

Down the side

  • Content type – this is where you pick the format of what you’re searching for.  If your lecturer asks you to find a journal article on a particular topic, this is where you can click to show just ‘Articles’ in the list of results.
  • Publication date – if there are several editions of the same book, it’s best to get the newest one. Use the slider to show search results that were published at a particular time, such as from 2013 onwards. If you want to read the most recent literature on a topic, you can use this filter to hide all of the older material.
  • Subject terms – for every search you do, you’ll get a list of sub-topics and related topics. This can be really useful to help you decide what to search for next. It’s a bit like the ‘Customers who bought that also bought this…’ feature found on a lot of shopping websites.
  • Library location – we’ve got two libraries and you can use this to select the one you want to use. For example, if you’ve got lectures at City Campus, you might want to go to Adsetts Library. Use this filter with caution though: if you click on ‘Adsetts Library’ and all copies of a book that you need are kept at Collegiate, you won’t see any of them in your results.
  • Language – it’s a way of choosing which languages you want to appear in your search results. If you speak a language other than English, you can choose it and see resources related to your search words in that language. If you want to hide publications that aren’t in English, you can do that as well; just click ‘English’.

When you click on ‘More options’
If there are lots of options for a particular filter, only the most popular will show up on the Library Search results page.  Click on ‘More options’ underneath that filter to see them all then click on the ‘Include’ tick box next to each option to show those results.

Screenshot of Content Type More Options

After applying one or two filters, you should have a much more manageable number of search results to look through.  Hopefully, they should be more relevant, too.

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Happy searching and, if you’re not sure about something, click on the ‘Contact us’ link at the top of the Library Gateway to see all the various ways you can get in touch.

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