As you explore the site, you may notice a search, filter, sort (SFS) bar at the top of most pages. This bar makes it easier to locate content you are searching for.

Searching by Keyword 

Searching by keyword is a quick way to find a specific resource if you already know what you are looking for. For example, if you know that you are enrolled in a specific course but can't seem to find it by paging through the courses on your home dashboard, try searching by keyword. You can use the "Relevance" sort option to bring items that are most relevant to your keyword search to the top of the list!

Filtering by Tag 

Where available, filtering by tag is great when you have a vaguer idea of the type of content you are searching for or if you just want to get an idea of what is available.

For example, you may filter by the empathy, global education and sustainability tags to see what content is available on these topics. Clear the tags you are filtering for by clicking [clear all].

It is important to note that the tag feature will always broaden your choices when selecting more tags, rather than narrowing your search results. Select more tags, get more results.

Filtering by Type 

Filtering by type may not be an option as often as search by keyword and filter by tags, but it is very helpful whenever available. This filter allows you to view only the type(s) of content you are looking for on any given tab.

In the GIF below, you can see that I am only interested in resources on this community that are collections. By selecting only for Collection, I can quickly see all of the collections available. You can deselect the type filter by simply clicking on the check box a second time to uncheck it.

Filtering by Visibility 

You will likely only see the visibility filter on the Discussions tab of your communities. This filter simply allows you to see past discussions that have now been archived. You will be able to read these discussions, but not participate in them.

You can always deselect the filter by selecting the button a second time to uncheck it.



Sorting

You will see the option to sort on many SFS bars across the site- alphabetical sort, relevance, and most recent. Alphabetical will sort the available cards by ascending (a-z) alphabetical order. Most recent will order the cards in the order that they were created, with the most recently added/created items at the top. Relevance will help the key word search bring more accurate results to the top of the list. Relevance will generally prioritize items with the keyword in the title of the resource first in the list, followed by those that contain the keyword in any of the tags.

You can deselect these filter options by selecting the filter option a second time to uncheck it.

Using Multiple Filters

All of the tools above are powerful individually, but they become even more effective when combined. If you are having trouble finding a resource using a single option from the SFS bar, try mixing two or even three of the options to continue narrowing your results.


*If you have questions or need assistance, contact our Support Team at support@participate.com or use the chat icon on the bottom-right corner of any page.



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