After doing a search in LibrarySearch, you will see a list of results including books, articles, journals, and videos. If you have a large number of results, it is helpful to narrow down your search results. On the left side of the screen under "Refine my results" are a number of filters you can use to refine your search. Below is a description of the available filters, please note that not all searches will provide all these possible filters.
Filtering by "Availability" allows you to look only at results that are available in the format you are looking for. For example, if you are only looking for materials only available at the UO, you can select "Available at UO." Or if you only one electronic resources available at the UO, you can select "UO eResources."
Filtering by "Resource Type" allows you to look only at results that best fit the format you want. For example, if you are only interested in book chapters, select Book Chapters under "Resource Type" by clicking your choice. Select "Show More" to see other options.
Filter by the person or entity that created the item. This can be tricky to use if the author you are interested in has a common name.
If you are looking for an item at a specific library location (Knight, Price Science Commons, Law Library, etc). Use the "Library" filter to see only requests located at that library location.
Sometimes you know that you are looking for information from a certain time period. For example, you might want only current information. If this is the case, type years into the boxes and select "Refine".
If you are seeing a lot of results that are unrelated to the topic you are looking for, use the subject filter to refine your results to more relevant items. If you do not see a useful subject filter, click the "More options" link to see additional options.
The "Collection" filter refers to electronic resources only and describes the databases that hold the items in your search results. This is a clue that you may want to do more searching in that collection because it is quite relevant to your search.
The "Language" filter is helpful if you are seeing a lot of results in a language you are unable to read. You can narrow to one language by clicking the box next to that language. If you would like to select multiple languages, click "more options" and click the boxes in the "include" column that most closely match your needs.
Genre/Form is a more specific type of format filter than the "material" facet at the top. It will allow you to indicate the type of book or other item most relevant to you.
The "Journal Title" facet allows you to narrow down article results by which journal they are in. This is useful if you want to know which journals to follow in your field of interest.
Sometimes you select a filter that is unhelpful in refining your search. To delete a filter, find the small x next to the name of the filter and word at the top of your list of results (see image). Click that x and it will delete that filter.
After you perform a search and select your left facets/filters, you can make those permanent!
You will see the filters you selected here:
You then need to hover over the facet/filter and click on the “lock” icon:
As noted, this makes the filter persistent throughout your session. A word of warning – don’t forget you have this turned on! If you are not seeing the array of items you were expecting, make sure you have unchecked the lock icon. Clicking “Reset filters” does not remove locked facets.
There are other ways to narrow your search results. You can try adding additional keywords or using different words. If you get stuck, it can be helpful to talk to a librarian who can help you determine the best keywords and tools to use when searching.
Use the Ask a Librarian service.