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.

  1. From the Thesaurus search page, select the thesaurus database.
  2. From the drop-down, select the thesaurus search type.
  3. Enter search term(s) into the Search box.
  4. Click Search index.

    The Sort by feature displays below the search box results.

  5. 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.

Date (Newest)

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.


The relevance sort is based on an algorithm that takes into account the following:


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