Answered By: Hayley Bommarito
Last Updated: Mar 31, 2020     Views: 23

There are several different ways to filter or refine your search results:

  • By document or format type (e-books, journals, newspapers, magazines, streaming videos, etc.)
  • By publication date
  • By subject
  • By author
  • By language

Many databases (as well as OneSearch) will also allow you to select whether you'd like scholarly/peer-reviewed resources or not.


If searching in OneSearch.... one search

    ...after entering your search term, you will want to look to the left for this box to refine your search results.                         

  refine your search


If searching in a database, you will be able to find similar options, although they may be in different places in different databases. Below are two examples from different databases, showing some of the areas to use to refine or filter your search results.

ebsco searching


This is a different database, with the same options but in slightly different places.


proquest search



Our "Search Strategies" or "How to Conduct Academic Research" or "How to Use the Library Databases" guides may also be helpful in learning how to search and how to refine a search.


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