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Refining Your Search Results

Sometimes you get so many results when you do a search it can be hard to find the items that are most meaningful to you. Below are some tips on different ways to refine your search results.

This guide covers:

  • Using facets
  • Removing facets
  • Getting help

Using facets

After performing a Library Search, you will be presented with 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 your search results are a number of facets (filters) you can use to refine your search (see image). Below is a description of the available filters, please note that not all searches will provide all these possible filters.For more about understanding your search results visit http://researchguides.uoregon.edu/uo-library-search-help/search-results.Each facet has its heading at the top, each facet is explained below. If you do not see the format you are interested in, you can select "More options" which will provide you with a longer list of options. Click the "include" box next to any format(s) you want. The images show the "Material Type" facet heading and options, and what "More options" looks like

Facets: Material Type

Filtering by "Material Type" allows you to look only at results that best fit the format you wamt For example, if you are only interested in books, select books under "Material Type" by clicking your choice.

Facets: Author/Creator

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.

Facets: Library

If you are looking for content in a specific library, you can use the "Library" filter. Selecting the box next to the library you are most interested in will change your results to match items only at that location. However, you should know that if you want an item at another library, you can request that it is delivered to a more convenient location. There is a tutorial on request UO Libraries' items: http://researchguides.uoregon.edu/requesting-materials/uo-libraries-requests.

Facets: Date Range

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, use the slider bar to adjust the date range or type years into the boxes above the slider bar. 
Screenshot of "Date" facet.

Facets: Subject

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.

Facets: Collection

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.

Facets: Language

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.

Facets: Genre/Form

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.

Facets: Journal Title

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.

Removing Facets

Sometimes you select a facet that is unhelpful in refining your search. To delete a facet, find the small x next to the name of the facet and word at the top of your list of results (see image). Click that x and it will delete that filter.
Screenshot of the used facets at the top of LibrarySearch results.

Getting Help

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.