How to Limit Your Search

For all or some of the search types in this collection, you may be able to enter criteria to limit your search, if enabled by your library. For example, you may want to search for documents with a specific publication date or only for documents with images.

If available for a given search type, the search limiters are generally displayed below the search term input box. If the search limiters are not currently displayed, click the More search options link found on the search page. Click the Hide search options link if you no longer wish to see these options.

The ability to specify search limits or remove them may also be available from the results list, depending on the type of search performed by clicking Expand/Limit.

List of Available Search Limiters

The table below explains all possible search limiters, listed in alphabetic order.

Note: The actual limiters you find is determined in part by the database(s) you are searching, the search type you are using, and by the system settings chosen by your library.

Limiter Description
Content level Display only documents matching the content level(s) you select from the list of check boxes. This option, which must be enabled by your library, is not available for all search types.
Content type You can restrict results to one or more specific content sets as selected from the list of check boxes.
Critical Thinking documents Display only documents from the Critical Thinking module. Results may include documents on the Viewpoints and/or Reference tabs. This limiter is only available when your school or library has purchased the Critical Thinking add-on module that is available for this database.
Document type You can restrict results to a specific kind of document as selected from the list. To make multiple selections, press and hold the CTRL (Control) key while clicking on multiple items.
Documents with images Limits results to only those documents that contain some kind of image. Depending on how your location is set up, the box might be checked by default.
Enter a Document Number You can go directly to a specific document based on its Gale Document Number. Type in the full document number, or part of the document number with a wildcard character and then click the Search link to the right of the input box.
Lexile® reading level Display only documents matching the Lexile® reading level(s) you select. To make multiple selections, press and hold the CTRL (Control) key while clicking on multiple items. This option, which must be enabled by your library, is not available for all search types.
Lexile® score Display only documents matching the Lexile® score you enter. This option, which must be enabled by your library, is not available for all search types.
Library holdings Allows you to limit results to just those publications your library has in its holdings.
Newspaper section Limits results to a specific newspaper section as selected from the list. Examples may include "Arts and Entertainment, "Opinion and Editorial," and "Regional News," to name a few. Applies only to documents on the News tab.
Peer-reviewed publications You can limit the results of your search to include only articles from peer-reviewed publications. Depending on how your location is set up, the box might be checked by default. Applies only to documents on the Academic Journals tab.
Publication date You can limit a search result to include only periodical material published on, before or after a date or within a range of dates. Use the radio buttons to choose how you want to limit by date, then use the drop-down boxes to select the exact date or range of dates that you want.
Publication format Select a publication format from the list to restrict results to that specific type of publication. To make multiple selections, press and hold the CTRL (Control) key while clicking on multiple items. Available publication formats vary by tab.
Publication subject area Select a publication subject from the list to restrict results to that specific subject area. To make multiple selections, press and hold the CTRL (Control) key while clicking on multiple items. Available publication subject areas vary by tab.
Publication title You can limit a search to specific sources in one of two ways. You can search for publication names containing the words you enter. This is useful for short publication names or when you are interested in only one publication. Alternatively, you can browse a list of sources by clicking the Browse link.
Publisher You can limit a search to specific publishers. You can search for publisher names containing the words you enter. Alternatively, you can browse a list of publishers by clicking the Browse link.

Note: Searches performed by browsing Curriculum Standards or selecting a topic from the Basic Search page (where available) do not offer search limiters. However, you may be able to expand/limit your results while viewing the results list.


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