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Biology library guide to information searches

Using filters


Using filters after you have done a search reduce the number of search results and sort out the ones that are most interesting to you. Filters are often found in the left hand margin.

Examples of filters:

  • Publication Year: In many cases, the newest publications are the most relevant (however, this depends on the subject!)
  • Material/Document type: Here you can for example filter out academic reviews, a good starting point to get an overview of a subject
  • Subject: Publications are often indexed according to a system of subject headings (thesaurus), this can be valuable if for example you are interested in publications within a well defined field.


Sorting the result list

There are often many ways to sort the search result list, for example according to date, relevance or number of citations. The default one is often different between search tools!