4.5.1 Search Results Ranking and Ordering
The search results you see on your screen are derived from a set of general rules:
- By default the results of a search are ranked by relevance. This means results are ranked according to the frequency of your term/s occurrence in a document, relative to its occurrence in other documents. When more than one search term is entered, proximity of terms is not considered (except in the case of the use of quotation marks).
- Searches use an implicit "and" between terms.
- Searches are case-insensitive when all search terms are in lower-case.
- Searches are diacritic-insensitive.
- Searches are punctuation-insensitive, unless punctuation is also a common diacritical mark (ex: insensitive to hyphens; aware of apostrophes)
- Highest ranking is given to an occurrence of your search term/s in the titles and headwords for content. Subheadings are next in rank. Full text is ranked last.
4.5.2 Navigating Search Results
At the top of the results page you see the total number of text content items that have been returned by your search in bold, and the number within that total that are being displayed.
Your search term or terms are shown in a box below the total. Each word or phrase may be removed as a criterion by selecting the red 'x' to its right. All search terms may be removed at once by selecting 'clear all'—the effect of this is to return the complete contents of the Berg Fashion Library as a results set.
You can modify your search criteria by selecting Modify Search on the right-hand side of the page.
You can control the number of text content items that are presented, and how the items are sorted. By default, they are sorted by relevance, the alternative options being:
- Title (the identifying label of the content item, e.g. the article title)
- Source (the name of the content set from which the item is drawn, e.g. book title)
You can navigate directly to a particular page within the results set by selecting the relevant page number on the right-hand side.
If your search term matches a headword in the Berg Dictionary of Fashion History, this entry is shown in a box at the top of the results list.
Select the item's title to go to the full presentation of the content.
If your search term matches content relating to images from the Berg Fashion Library's image bank, thumbnails (up to twelve) of these images are shown on the right of the results page, above which is shown the total number of images returned. You can select any of these thumbnails to be taken to the full presentation of the image or object, or select more images below to be taken to an image results page (see below).
4.5.3 Navigating Image Results
You see an Image Results page if you selected Images Only for a Quick Search, or you selected more images from a general results page.
The item totals and current subtotals are shown as with general results, as are your search term(s) and the link to modify them.
The image results are presented as thumbnails arranged as a 'lightbox'. As you move your mouse over them, the thumbnails become fully-illuminated, and brief information about the image or object is displayed:
If there is more than one image associated with a collection object, you can navigate through the thumbnails of these image using the arrows next to the numbers below the thumbnail.
Selecting any of these thumbnails will take you to the full presentation of this image or collection object.
If there are more images available than can be shown one page, you can move from one set to the next by selecting the large arrows to the left and right of the current page. Alternatively, you can move the slider across the bar of grey thumbnails shown above the current set on the left:
By default, image thumbnails are shown at medium size. You can see more thumbnails in your results page at a smaller image size, or fewer thumbnails at a larger image size, by selecting the appropriate icon in the zoom control above the current set on the right: