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Relevance Ranking of Keyword Search Results

About Relevance Ranking

Keyword search results are automatically sorted according to relevance ranking. You also have the option of sorting the results by date or title.

Results will appear in up to 5 groups depending on search results. These are the ranks in descending order:

  • Most Relevant Titles consists of titles where the primary title contains the search as a phrase.
  • Highly Relevant Titles consists of items are likely to be highly relevant because of where and how the terms appear in the record.
  • Very Relevant Titles includes items you would have found doing an adjacency search, but those deemed less relevant than the first two groups.
  • Relevant Titles broadens out farther and begins to pull in items that include all the search terms, but still contains items weighted more heavily because of where and how the terms appear in the record
  • Other Relevant Titles brings in the remaining results matching the search, but ranks them last because where and how the terms appear in the record.

"Complex Searches" & Relevance Ranking

If you use complex search strategies, such as putting phrases in quotes or specifying the field to be searched (e.g., a:shakespeare and t:venice),  relevance ranking will be turned off for that search. Your results will display in reverse-chronological order, showing the most recently published items first. 

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Last Updated: 3/19/14