Join Lynda.com Staff for an in-depth discussion in this video Finding content with the search feature, part of How to use Lynda.com.
- [Voiceover] If browsing the library menu isn't helping you find the content you're looking for, try using the search field, found at the top of nearly every page in the navigation bar. The search field lets you search for specific words or phrases, and then provides you with a list of results you can browse through and pare down, until you find exactly the content you're looking for. Begin by typing a search term into the search bar. For example, I'll type CSS. Notice, that after a second, some suggestions start to appear under the search field. These are organized by software, related topics, and courses.
You can click on any one of these suggestions and go directly to that corresponding page, or if you don't see a result that looks like exactly what you're searching for, press Enter or Return on the keyboard, or the search icon to search specifically the words you typed. Our search engine then looks through every single course, video, description, and even transcripts of individual videos to return a list of results matching your search terms. Search results are then listed by course, as you can see here on the left, under filtered by courses; and they are sorted by best match, as indicated here on the right.
So, currently I have 59 results for CSS, and if I switch over to Videos in the filtered by section, now we have over 1600 results for videos. That's a pretty large list. So, you can further narrow down the list of videos by selecting the filter terms under these headings on the left, of Skill Level, Subject, Software, Version, Company, Author, and more options for closed captioning.
Under each of these headings, the results are listed in order of categories with the most matches. For example, you can see here that under the subject of Web related to CSS, there are 1,621 results. Whereas Web Graphics only has 313. Those numbers decrease as you go down the list. The filters here can be especially useful when searching for terms that might be used in multiple areas of interest. For example, I'll search for Clipping Mask.
Now, clipping masks are used in photography, design, video editing, and across many creative softwares, so it makes sense that I've ended up here with 2,830 returned search results. That's where the filters come in really handy. So, say I'm only looking for a course related to clipping masks. I'll click on Courses. That already pares down my list quite a bit. Now, if I'm only interested in clipping masks as they apply to video production, I'll just select Video, here under Subject, and maybe I really only want to know clipping masks and how they're used in Final Cut Pro.
So, I'll go down to Software and choose Final Cut Pro. Maybe even then I'm only interested in version 10 of Final Cut Pro. So, I'll go down and select version 10. So, now I've narrowed my results down to 15 courses to choose from. Now I'll have a much easier time finding the course that I'm looking for. If I'm interested in finding any video that discusses clipping masks, I can change the filter to list videos. That will return results to show all videos within courses related to clipping masks.
Note, that your filter terms appear here, above the list, and if you want to remove any one of them, just click on the little X next to the name, and that will remove that filter from your list. You might also notice that we have Site Pages and Playlists listed here under Filter By. Clicking on the Site Pages link will return results for non-course related content on our site, such as frequently asked questions, general information, or press releases. The Playlists link will direct you to the Playlist center, where you can browse curated playlists.
We'll go over the playlists a little later. Lastly, I want to point out that yes, there are two search fields visible when looking through your search results. You have the search field that's always available, up in the navigation bar, and then there's this one here, that appears in the search results area after an initial search has been initiated. The only difference between the two is that the one here listed as Search Results contains the terms that you last searched for, which can be really useful if you've forgotten the exact wording or phrasing that you initially typed in.
Whereas the main navigation search field, anything you type in here, will disappear as soon as it returns to the search results. Either field can be used to perform another search. Just click on one or the other, type in a word or phrase, and click Search.
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