Changing the Sort Order of Results

You can change the order in which results items are listed on the results list. Select an option from the Smart Sort pull-down list found at the top of the results list on the right-hand side. Once you have chosen your sort option, the screen will refresh and show your new sort preference.

Sort-by options are dynamic and depend upon the directories represented in your results list. Each directory will have its own sort-by options. If you are viewing results from multiple directories, then these generic sort-by options will be available.

Sort option Arranges list...
Relevance by how closely documents match your search query (this is the default option)
Alphabetical alphabetically by entry name with a secondary sort based on most recent publication date. Note: When you are searching "all available data" (backfiles), you may see several entries with the same name, but the publication date will be different, depending on the edition.
Publication Date in reverse chronological order by date published, with the most recent entries listed first and with a secondary sort based alphabetically on entry name.
Members ranked by the number of members from greatest to least with a secondary sort based alphabetically on entry name. Available only for entries from EA (including IO and RSL).
Employees ranked by the number of employees from greatest to least with a secondary sort based alphabetically on entry name. Available only for entries from Ward's.
Financial Data ranked from greatest to least by one of the following financials (depending on what is actually available for the entry): sales, gross billings or operating revenue. The secondary sort is based alphabetically on entry name. Note: If all your results contain entries with a certain type of financial data, such as sales, then you will see "Sales" as a sort choice. When your results contain entries with a mix of financial figures (some have sales, others only list operating revenue, for example), then the sort option will be the more generic choice of "Financial Data." Available only for entries from these eDirectories: Ward's Business Directory of Private and Public Companies in Canada and Mexico, Ward's Business Directory of U.S. Private and Public Companies, and Major Companies of the World Series published by Graham & Whiteside.
Directory Title alphabetically by source publication.
Section Title alphabetically by the category of the entry. Available only for entries from EA (including IO and RSL).
Geography alphabetically by country, then by city, then by name of the entry.
Media Type alphabetically by medium type. Available only for entries from Gale Directory of Publications and Broadcast Media.