Why Use Filtered Search?
Search result counts can be a helpful way to quickly determine the overall breadth of available content. Results will vary as the specific keyword/s used are adjusted to search JSTOR content.
Filtered search helps you narrow your search results to become more relevant to your research. Searches that are too broad may return too many search results or results that are only somewhat related to the information you are trying to find.
Filtered searching of search results on select content facets can be especially helpful to quickly narrow the selection of relevant search results when working with images or when there is are too many results found.
Similar to searching with fields, filtered searching makes discovery of related content and collections easier and more specific.
How Do I Use Filtered Search?
To run a filtered search, first enter your keyword/s into either the general or Advanced Search. Once you have results that seem relevant, in the Refine Results section of each search result page you will find many checkbox options that enable you to narrow your selection of content.
You might check one or more of these boxes to adjust your results, including:
- Academic content
- Primary source content
- Access type
When specifically working with images, additional facets you might use to filter on include:
- Country (of origin)
Primary Source and Academic Content as well as Subject can be filtered using the checkboxes found beside each available option for your search results. Beside each checkbox option, an available item count by content type displays. These numbers will change as you enter new keywords, filters, and/or load new search criteria.
Filter dates for your search by entering ranges within either CE (Common or Current Era) or BCE (Before Common Era):
Classification is another option for filtering available using checkboxes that classify content by discipline, era, and artifact type:
When working with image search results only (by selecting Images found under Primary Source Content), results will be displayed in a grid layout for quick scanning and clickable collection information.
You can further refine image results for a given keyword by checking any additional boxes.
In the example captured here, the user wants to research watercolor folk art images specifically. The keyword phrase “folk art” has been filtered to select Images as well as content that has the classification “Drawings and Watercolors.”
By using the image filters, results are fewer and more likely to be related to your search.