Specifying the sort order of Thesaurus search results
When submitting a Thesaurus search, you can specify the sort order of results by either relevance or publication year.
- From the Thesaurus search page, select the thesaurus database.
- From the drop-down, select the thesaurus search type.
- Enter search term(s) into the Search box.
- Click Search index.
The Sort by feature displays below the search box results.
- Select one of the following radio buttons:
The results of the Thesaurus search will be displayed in selected sort order on the Thesaurus results page.
Records are primarily
sorted by publication year in descending order. The most recent years in your search range are displayed first: 2017, 2016, 2015, 2014, 2013, etc.
These records are further sorted by an internal weekly load number.
sort is based on an algorithm that takes into account the following:
- Whether the
words are found as an exact phrase or separately; when words
are found separately, closer proximity ranks higher
- The number
of times that the word or phrase appears in the record
- The word's
location within the record; words found at the beginning of the field
rank higher than words found towards the end
- Whether the
words are found within fields designated as particularly relevant, such as
the title field
- How often
the word appears in the database as a whole; words used often are less
relevant than words that are less common
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