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Using the UNH Durham Library Search Box

What are Search Filters?

Search filters, otherwise known as "facets", allow you to narrow the search results to get the results you are seeking. For example, you can filter your results to include only articles from peer-reviewed journals or books the Dimond Library owns. The search filters are on the left side of the browser when searching, and the top of the column says "Filter results". 

"Include items with no full text"

By default, your search results will include the materials the library owns (unless you use the Articles search scope) and the electronic resources (such as articles and streaming video) that you have immediate access to.

To include electronic resources that you cannot immediately access but that you could request through Interlibrary Loan, click the checkbox next to "Include items with no full text" in the Filter results section.

Types of Filters

The Availability filters allow you to narrow your results to items that are:

  1. Available Online (items that are currently available online, such as journal articles, eBooks, and streaming media)
  2. Peer-Reviewed Journals (items in journals that are peer-reviewed, but it is important to note that not all items in peer-reviewed journals are peer-reviewed themselves, such as reviews)
  3. Open Access (items that are available online free of cost or other barriers, and you can find out more about Open Access at the Scholarly Communication and Open Access Research Guide)
  4. Held by library (items that Dimond Library or one of the other UNH libraries physically owns, although some items may also have online copies)

When you want to limit your results to just articles, books, audio, or something else, use the Resource Type filter. The filter automatically displays the four resource types with the most results. You can click "Show More" if what you're looking for isn't automatically displayed.

At the bottom of the Resource Type filter is a link to repeat your search in the Newspapers Search.

Publication Date refers to when the item was published, but not necessarily when it was created. For example, Oscar Wilde's The Picture of Dorian Gray was originally published in book form in 1891, but the UNH Library has editions with fairly recent publication dates, such as 2012.

Publication Date can be useful for limiting your results to the most recent research, or if you are looking for specific versions or editions.

Use the Library filter when you want to limit your results to items located at a particular library, such as Dimond Library, UNH Manchester, or one of our branch libraries such as the Chemistry Library.

Use the Location filter when you want to limit your search to a particular floor or section of the library, such as the Archives or Dimond Level 2.

The Author/Creator filter allows you to narrow your results by either including or excluding specific authors. Note that the filters are sorted in alphabetical order by last name, as the names are displayed LastName FirstName (with no comma).

The Journal Title filter allows you to narrow your results to items from specific journals and newspapers. The filters are sorted by number of results.

The Subject filters allow you to narrow your results by topic. For example, if you do a search for "queer theory" but only want results that have to do with applying it to literature, you could select "Literary Criticism" under the Subject filter. The subjects are ordered alphabetically.

The Collection filter allows you to select specific databases and collections of articles that the library subscribes to, such as Academic Search Ultimate.

The library adds new items to its catalog all the time, and new journal articles get published monthly, if not daily! The New Records filter lets you limit your results to materials added in the last month, 3 months, or week.

This feature is particularly useful if you regularly search for a specific topic (or use the same keywords) and you want to see the new materials we've added that match your search.


  • This does not limit by age. If you want to find materials published in a specific time frame, use the Publication Date filter.
  • Newly added materials are not limited to materials published or created in the last week, month, or 3 months.
  • The library adds new items all the time that were published or created years if not decades ago.

The Language filter narrows your search to materials published in certain languages. If you are an advanced scholar, it might be useful for you to see what has been published on your topic in different languages. If you are learning a second language, you can find materials published in that language.

MeSH, which is short for Medical Subject Headings, is a set of terms created by the National Library of Medicine to describe materials in the life sciences.

MeSH headings are primarily used for articles in MEDLINE/PubMed. Use this filter to limit your results to materials assigned that MeSH term in PubMed.

Including and Excluding

When facets are added one at a time, the system returns the remaining results that match the selected facet value. You can specify more complex filtering if you select multiple facets and then apply them to the results at the same time. For example, if you select Subject facet values Agriculture and Botany and Resource Type facet values Book and Other, the system returns results that include all records that match the following criteria:

  • The records must contain either Agriculture or Botany subjects.

  • And the records must be either Book or Other resource types.

If you had selected these facet values separately, the resulting records would have to contain all of these facet values.

To include/exclude multiple facets at a time:

  1. Perform a search.

    Filter results Section on the Brief Results Page

  2. For each facet that you want to include and exclude, hover over the facet in the Filter results section and then perform one of the following actions:

    • Include facet – Select the check box on the left side of the facet. If you want to include a facet that has already been marked for exclusion, click the IncludeFacetIcon.png button on the right side of the facet.

    • Exclude facet – If you have already included a facet, click the ExcludeFacetIcon.png button on the right side of the facet to mark it for exclusion. If you have not already marked a facet for exclusion or inclusion, you must first select the facet's check box and the click the ExcludeFacetIcon.png button on the right side of the facet. Otherwise, a single facet will be excluded immediately.

  3. Click Apply Filters to filter your results. The selected facets will appear in the Active filters section.

    Active Filters Section

Persistent Facets

When performing many similar types of searches, you may want to retain your filters for subsequent searches within a search session.

To make a facet persistent, hover the cursor over the facet in the Active filters section and then click the facet's padlock PadlockIcon.png.

You can make all your active filters persistent by clicking "Remember all filters".