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Evaluate Your Information: Reading Search Results

Understanding One Search Results

No matter which database you are using, your search results page will have the same basic features (as highlighted in red below):

  1. The number of search results, usually above the list of results.
  2. Some options for narrowing or refining your search results, usually on the left side.
  3. An indication of what type of resources are available, either as an icon/image or explained with words.
  4. The results themselves. The title is a link to more information about that resource.
  5. Information showing if the resource is available in the library building or if the full-text is available online.


search results for DAPL and pipeline showing where to find totals, filters, article title, and full-text information