[bksvol-discuss] Re: Modify Search Boxyikes on the new search

  • From: "Roger Loran Bailey" <rogerbailey81@xxxxxxx>
  • To: <bksvol-discuss@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Sat, 16 Jan 2010 12:41:00 -0500

Results that are sorted by relevance are something that I have never trusted to match my idea of relevance. I wonder how this relevance is determined.



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----- Original Message ----- From: "Melissa Smith" <mdsmith25@xxxxxxxx>
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Sent: Friday, January 15, 2010 4:18 PM
Subject: [bksvol-discuss] Re: Modify Search Boxyikes on the new search


Lori, You first perform the search in the quick search box that is on all the bookshare pages. Once the page with the results comes up, there is an area called modify your results. I called it modify search in my previous message, but it is actually modify your results. That's what I get for going by memory. There are 3 combo boxes and a go button. The first combo box is sort order. The default is by relevance. You can also sort by title, author, copyright date and date added. The next combo box is called authors. The default is most relevant authors. The rest of this box is populated based on what you searched for. Having an author's name, followed by a number, which I believe, represents the number of books by that particular author that are related to your search term, though I'm not 100% sure that's what the number means. The third combo box is called results per page. You can choose from 25, 50 or 100. This is the number of search results you wish to display per page of results. Finally, there is the go button, which you select to update the search results based on your selections in the 3 previous combo boxes. I hope this was helpful.

Melissa


Lori Castner wrote:
Thank you. The problem is I have searched this page from top to bottom and cannot find any {"modify search" area.

Lori C.

----- Original Message ----- From: "Melissa Smith" <mdsmith25@xxxxxxxx>
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Sent: Friday, January 15, 2010 11:52 AM
Subject: [bksvol-discuss] Re: yikes on the new search


Lori, When using the quick search, you could have gone to the modify search area, and opened up the combo box with most relevant authors, and arrowed down to Stephen King. This should have brought up just the books by him.

Melissa


Lori Castner wrote:
Well, I used the "Quick search" and searched for Stephen King with no quotes and got 19,000 results. Then I searched for Stephen King with quotes and got 1,600 results. The first results were books by King and later results contained text with the words "Stephen King". Then I used advanced search and searched for the author Stephen King and got 75 results. I generally search for authors so will probably stick with the advanced search. For me, Google is far more user friendly than this new engine, but then I don't plan to browse through lots of books just for the fun of it.
 Lori C.

    ----- Original Message -----
    *From:* Lynn I <mailto:lynnskyi@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
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    *Sent:* Thursday, January 14, 2010 11:43 PM
    *Subject:* [bksvol-discuss] Re: yikes on the new search

    Hi Jamie!
     I searched for Edna Ferber and got over 200 results. The books
    that she wrote were displayed at the beginning, and there were
    many other references too--some appropriate, and some not--like
    James Ferber.
     Like you, I'm not finding this new search function that user
    friendly. *smile* Guess there's a definite learning curve.
     You're correct when you say it's impossible to know if a book is
    in the collection without looking closely at every result. Am I
    missing something here?
     Blessings.
     Lynnsky

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    *Sent:* Friday, January 15, 2010 1:37 AM
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    *Subject:* [bksvol-discuss] Re: yikes on the new search

    I just put in the author's last name like I normally would in the
    search box and I was surprised that I got so many hits and then
    dismayed that most of them were not even close.
     You use it just like you used to use the search box. That's why I
    tried the advanced search and it still gives way too many results
    that aren't even relevant.

    --     Jamie in Michigan

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