Why use filtered search?
Filtered search helps you narrow your search results to become more relevant to your research. If your search returns too many search results or the results are not relevant to the information you are trying to find, a filtered search can simplify your results. Whether you are working with a specific content type, (such as images or text), date-range, or discipline, filters can help you narrow or expand the items displayed related to your search as desired.
Refine Results checkboxes might include: Academic and Primary Source Content, as well as Date, Subject, and Access Type.
To filter for either text and/or image results, check and uncheck the boxes found beside each available option for your search results to adjust the types and relevance of items displayed in your results.
How to filter text results
To filter text-based search results, use the checkboxes found beside each available option for your search results. Available result content count will automatically update as you submit changes to your search through either search bar text entry and/or checking the defined filter checkboxes.
Beside each checkbox option is an available item count by content type displays. These numbers will change as you enter new keywords, filters, and/or load new search criteria. To run a filtered search.
For text-based results, you might check one or more of the following boxes to adjust your results, including:
- Book Chapters
- Research Reports
How to filter image results
To filter for image-based search results, use the checkboxes found beside each available option for your search results. Available result content count will automatically update as you submit changes to your search through either search bar text entry and/or checking the defined filter checkboxes.
When specifically working with searching images on JSTOR, additional facets you might use to filter on include:
- These options are pre-defined groupings that might include by the image subject medium (such as "paintings") or visual content type (such as "maps, charts, and graphs."
Country (of origin)
- Including community collections that you have access to
- Filter dates for your search by entering ranges within either CE (Common or Current Era) or BCE (Before Common Era)
Example of a Filtered Image Search:
To research a specific topic, “folk art” but are only interested in images of drawing and watercolor items. Using the keyword phrase “folk art” will need to be filtered to select for only images as well as content that has the classification “Drawings and Watercolors.”
To return relevant image results related to watercolor folk art:
- Enter search term "folk art"
- Select the facet: "Primary Source Content (type) Images"
- and select the classification: "Classification: Drawings and Watercolors"