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Learn how to find, access, and view courses in the lynda.com training library. Staff author Garrick Chow explains how to find the "need to know" material quickly and browse other subjects you might be interested in. A full rundown of the types of training offered is included, from in-depth essential training on specific software packages, to first looks at up-and-coming technology trends, to inspirational documentaries following creative professionals working in a variety of disciplines. Garrick also shows how to use special library features such as bookmarks, the queue, certificates of completion, frequently asked questions (FAQs), and more, as well as where to turn for help when you need it. Plus, learn to access lynda.com on the go, either through our mobile site, or the iOS app, which also supports playing videos on your TV via AirPlay and an Apple TV.
If browsing with the Navigation bar isn't helping you find the course or content you're looking for, trying using the Search bar found at the top of each page or site. The Search bar lets you search for specific words or phrases, and then provides you with a list of results you can then browse through and pair down. Begin by typing a search term in the Search bar, for example CSS. Notice that after a moment some suggestions appear under the search field. These are all individual courses and you can click any of these suggestions to go directly to that course's landing page. Or if you don't see a course that looks like what you're searching for, press Enter or Return or click Search here in the Search bar.
That will initiate your search for the word or phrase you typed. Our search engine then looks through every single course, movie, description and even closed caption transcripts of individual movies to return a list of results matching your search term. Search results are then listed by course and are sorted by the best match as you can see with the courses filters selected here on the left. Currently, I have 27 course matches for CSS and there are more than 1,000 individual videos that mention CSS. When sorting by videos, you can see which movies in each course contain your search term.
And you can further narrow down the list of movies by clicking Filter Terms here under these headings. We have Skill Level, Subject, Software, Version, Company, Author and More options. Under each one of these headings, results are listed in order of the categories with the most matches. So, for example, you can see that there are 577 results under the Web Design category and 98 results under Web Graphics. These filters can be especially useful when searching for terms that might be used in multiple areas of interest. So for example, I search for the term clipping mask. Clipping masks can be used in photography, design, video editing, and so on. Once I initiate my search, notice I have over 400 courses listed in my results. If I'm only interested in clipping mask as they apply to video production, I can click the video filter term here on the left.
And maybe I really only want to know how clipping masks are used in Final Cut Pro. And then, maybe I'm just using version 10. So now I've narrowed down my results to just four courses. I now have a much easier time finding the movies I'm looking for. Now you might have noticed that in addition to showing results based on courses and videos, there's also an entire site link. Entire site is for searching for all the non course related pages at lynda.com. So for example, you might see search results that appear in author bios, blog entries, or a company newsletter.
Depending on the information you're looking for, you might find it in our blogger newsletter. So be sure to checkout the entire Site tab when performing your search. Lastly I want to point out that yes there are two separate search fields visible when you are looking through your search results. You have the search field that's always in the Navigation bar and this one here under the Search results tab. The only difference between the two is that the one here under the Search results tab contains the term you were searching for. And that can be useful if you've forgotten the exact wording or phrase you initially searched for. But in either case, to perform another search, just click in either one of those search fields, type a word or phrase.
And then click Search or press Enter on your keyboard to perform your search.
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