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Search It

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After you conduct a search, you will have several options for limiting your results. Each time you limit your results, you will see a new set of options for limiting your results. By applying a series of limits, you can quickly focus on the resources you want to see.

Options Shown to the Left of a Results List

Refine your results by exploring the options shown to the left of your results. You can also sort results with filters, such as by author, by title, or by popularity.

Location of categories on the search results screen of Search It

Also, be sure to take note of the format icons that appear next to the results. For instance, sometimes we own book reviews, but not the actual book.

Various format icons that appear in Search It

The 'More Options' Menu

Depending on your search, you may see a "More options" link under one or more categories on the left side of the screen. 

Location of more options menus

After you click "More Options" you will see a list with two columns of checkboxes. Use the Include/Exclude checkboxes to select what you want to include and what you want to exclude.

  • Be cautious about using the exclude checkboxes, especially when you are limiting by topic.
  • Each time you limit your results set, the list under More Options will change. Often the new set of options will be more specific.

Options for limiting results

Removing a Limit

Every time you set a limit, Search It will display the limit at the top of the results set.

You can remove the limit by clicking the "x" in the tile for that search limit. When you do this, your results will immediately update.

location of limits that have been set for the current results set in Search It