Whether you use the keyword search box or browse by subjects to generate a Search Result, the Search Result page will include a common set of elements. After this brief overview of the elements of a Search Result page, you may wish to click on links below for further information on a particular element or feature. Following is an example of a search result page in netTrekker – click on the letters in the example to find out more about each item in the result page.
If you started from Search, this will represent the term for which you searched. Once you have reached a Search Result pa, you can use this keyword search box to either modify your current search or begin a new one.
To modify your search, click in a blank section of the search term box to expand it, giving you access buttons that will allow you to search for particular types of results that are associated with your original search term. You may choose:
- Web (1)
- Standards (2) (if you are registered as a teacher or administrator)
- Images (3)
- Famous Person (4)
You may also choose (5) More Search Options to narrow your current results even further.
The list under Subjects indicates which subjects or topics contain the resources in your Search Result. If you search for a term such as “element,” you may find your results come from many subjects. You may only be interested in “element” as an aspect of science, so you will be able to use the links in the Subjects list to drill down to more targeted results. You can use the Subjects list whether you started from Search or from Browse.
Did You Mean: (C)
The “Did You Mean” list includes words or phrases that are spelled similarly to the term you searched for. This is especially helpful if you are not sure how to spell a term.
Number of Results (D)
This represents the number of resources you will find in your Search Result. If there are more than ten, the number will continue to increase as you scroll down the page of results.
Refine Search (E)
Refine Search allows you to narrow your search based on criteria including multimedia, learning aids, readability, languages and featured content.
Sort Option (F)
Click on Sort Option to change the order of your Search Results based on a chosen criterion.
Save Search (G)
By clicking on the check boxes next to individual resources, you select them to save to your portfolio. The button completes this process.
Resource Title (H)
This is the title a specific resource. It will often indicate the main source of the resource, as well as the specific title, e.g. National Resource Council of Canada (main source): Periodic Table of Elements (specific title).
Resource Description (I)
This is a brief description of the resource, written by Content Team teacher/evaluators. It is designed to give you an idea of the contents of the resource before you click to review it.
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The taxonomy breadcrumbs indicate what subject and topic an individual resource is connected to. You can click any point in the breadcrumb string to find more resources associated with the same subject and topic.
Overall Rating (K)
Content Team teacher/evaluators evaluate resources based on authority and credibility, and subject depth, then gives each resource an overall rating.
Readability Score (L)
Each web resource is evaluated for readability on a 1 – 5 rating. This number helps you choose resources that will be most appropriate and accessible to you.
View Content Details (M)
Content Team teacher/evaluators gather a wide range of information about a resource, which is available to users who click the View Content Details link.
Voting Icon (N)
Once users have accessed a resource, they have an opportunity to vote on its usefulness. The voting icons indicate whether teachers and students have visited a particular resource and voted it useful.
Order of Search Results
netTrekker orders content results based on a proprietary algorithm that emphasizes relevance and quality. Relevance is determined primarily by matching keywords, keyword phrases, and site placement taxonomies. Ratings are an important factor in ordering results, but not the only factor. In fact, at netTrekker and with most search engines, relevancy is more important than the rating. For example, if you search for “Anne Boleyn” you certainly want to see resources specifically about her before you see resources about Henry VIII (which would contain something about her) even though the Henry VIII resource might be rated higher.
As a netTrekker user, you can also make some choices about how you would like your search results to be ordered. Learn more about your sorting options here.