Answered By: Mugar Library
Last Updated: Jan 12, 2017     Views: 11

The order in which results are presented is determined by the sort method, controlled by a drop down menu (see image below) in the upper right of the list of results. The sort methods are:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Relevance

This is the default sorting method and attempts to put the items most relevant to the search on top. Relevance is based both on how closely the item matches the search (for example, how often the search terms appear in the item, and in which fields) and an estimate of the item’s academic significance, based on factors such where it is published or how often it is cited

Date-newest                                                                                     

Sorts items by their publication date with the newest items on top.

Date-oldest

Sort items by their publication date with the oldest items on the top.

Author

Sorts items alphabetically by the name of their author. If an item has more than one author, the first author listed will be used. Depending on the source of the information about each item (see What is in BU Libraries Search?), an author’s first or last name may be used to determine the order.

Title

Sorts items alphabetically by their title. Depending on the source of the information about each item (see What is in BU Libraries Search?), initial articles such as “the” or “a” may or may not be ignored when determining order.

 

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