The search results page looks like this
Each red box describes a different section of the page.
In the left-hand column is a series of filters that you can use to refine the number of search results. This really only needs to be used if you have too many results
This the title of the column Refine Results - you can close this column by clicking on the chevrons (<<) to the left of the title
This is a box with the search terms being used (Current Search). Click the small upside-down triangle to close the box
The first options to limit search results:
- Full-text - click this to limit search results to those that have full-text (all results, however, should have full-text available)
- Download available
- Publication Date
- Clicking Show More will reveal more options, including limiting by how easy or difficult the book is to read (Lexile Reading Level)
Source type (which should always be eBook)
Other Limiters. You can limit by
- Subject - limit by subject keywords and phrases used to describe books
- Publisher - limit results to a particular publisher
- Language - limit results to a particular language
- Category - limit results to a particular ebook category
The number of search results
Book details - title, author, first line of book description and subject keywords. Click on the title to see the book detail page. The details shown can be changed (see Box 10)
Links to full-text - the whole book, the table of contents or what EBSCO thinks are the most relevant pages
The item type - always ebook!
Some customisation options:
- Sort by
- Relevance (default) - what EBSCO thinks are the most relevant results to your search appear first
- Publication Date (newest first or oldest first)
- Author (alphabetically)
- Page Options
- Article information display options
- Image quick view on/off
- Results per page
- Page layout
- Share Results
- Add results to folder
- Save search to folder
- Create an alert to be informed when new search results are added to the FE Subscription Collection
- Create a permanent link to the search - you cannot save the address in the browser's web address box as the address is different each time you login to the platform, so if you want to save the Search URL, you need to use this.
Hover over the magnifying glass to see pop-up box some more item detail
Click on the folder icon to add the item to your folder. You need to sign in to your MyEBSCO account to save the items permanently
Below the search box is a link to an advanced search page. This has more options than the basic search.
You can choose to search a variety of different fields including:
- Keyword and full text
- Series title
Other, more obscure fields can be searched such as book classification codes and headings.
All Words or Phrase Searching
You can also search for all words ("Contains"} or for phrases ("Matches"). For example, if you search for
Contains the quick brown fox
The results will contain all books that have the words "the", "quick", "brown" and "fox" in them.
If you search for
Matches the quick brown fox
The results will contain all books that contain the phrase "the quick brown fox".
On the right of the page, there are a number of options to limit the number of results:
- Publication year range
- Download format
- Owned by the digital library: this is the default setting
- Licence type