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