Answered By: Jim Robinson
Last Updated: Apr 04, 2017     Views: 28

Facets allow you to more precisely define your search. There are 2 types of facets:

  1. Pre-facets are filters that can be set before a search.
    • When you select "All available collections", "Books, eBooks, Video, Audio", or "Database Articles" before searching, you are setting a pre-facet.
    • Additionally, Books, eBooks, Video, Audio can be pre-faceted further by selecting a campus, ebooks only, or research guides to narrow your search.
    • When searching from the library home page, the Full Text Online facet is applied automatically when searching Database Articles.
    • Pre-facets can also be set in Advanced Search
      1. From the library home page, click Advanced Search
      2. Select "All available collections", "Books, eBooks, Video, Audio", or "Database Articles", just like in a Simple Search.
      3. If Books, eBooks, Video, Audio is selected, you may also define a Search Scope, including a specific campus, ebooks only, or research guides only, just like in a Simple Search.
      4. If Database Articles is selected, you can choose to search all available collections or EBSCO databases only, just like in a Simple Search.
      5. You can select specific fields to search, including title, author/creator, or subject
      6. Booleans can be added (AND, OR, NOT)
      7. Up to 7 Boolean lines can be added, but be careful because too many booleans may produce no results at all.
      8. More pre-facets can be set, including Resource Type, Language, or a Date Range.
  2. Post-facets, normally just referred to as facets, are filters that can be applied after a search.
    • These facets appear on the left after a search. (On a mobile device, tap Filter search results)
    • Facets only appear if there is at least one item matching that facet. For example, if there are no DVDs matching your search criteria, the DVD facet will not appear.
    • Availability allows you to narrow your search to one or more of:
      1. Peer-reviewed Journals - Show only results from peer-reviewed journals.
      2. Full Text Online - Show only results with full-text available online.
      3. Available in the Library - Show only results that are in the library catalog. This includes physical items, ebooks, and streaming video.
    • Resource Type allows you to narrow your search to a specific type of item, e.g., Books, DVDs, Online video.
    • Creation Date allows you to select a date range when the item was created or published.
    • Subject will create a list of subjects based on the full set of results, so this list will be different for every search.
    • Author facets are also based on the full set of results, so this list will be different for every search.
    • Journal Title facets are only available if you've included articles in your search. Books, eBooks, Video, Audio searches generally do not include journals.
    • Collection facets show from which collections the search results were compiled. These include database vendor collections and local TCC collections.
    • Classification LCC shows the Library of Congress Classifications that are available in the search results. TCC uses Library of Congress Classifications for cataloging items.
    • Course Instructor facets show any instructors who may have placed any of the items in the search results on Course Reserve.
    • Course Number and Name facets show any courses that may have items in the search results on Course Reserve.

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