Interpreting Search Results

Note: The look and feel described here is for the standard search interface. The interface may have been customized by the web site administrator.

When a query is submitted it will come back with another query form and up to 10 matching documents. If there are more than 10 results, a link at the top and bottom of the list will allow you to view the next 10 in sequence.

The input form at the top allows you to further tailor your query to home-in on the desired results, or to submit a completely new query without having to navigate back to the original input form.

Each result in the set will have a format similar to the following:

1: THE DOCUMENT TITLE (hyperlink to original)    84%*******___
   This is the document abstract. It consists    Size: 11K
   of the text around the first hit within the   Depth: 3
   matching document...                          Find Similar
   http://www.thesite.com/thepage.html           Match Info
                                                 Show Parents

The components of each result are:

  • Result number

  • Document title (Clicking on this will take you to the original document)

  • Abstract (The first few hundred characters of the document)

  • Match quality graph. 84%*******___ (Only shown if relevance ranking was used)

  • Size (How big is the original document)

  • Depth (How many clicks from the top of the site)

  • Find Similar (Find other documents similar to this one)

  • Match Info (View the matches and other information about the document)

  • Show Parents (List pages that link to this one)


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