Searching in the Commons

8/4/2010 8:56:50 AM|Filed under: Commons Help

Searching in the Commons

There are four search options within the Commons and the edu1world platform.  The Search module has been placed at the top right side in the Commons communities.  It is off to the side, out of the way until needed.  It may be collapsed to minimize space, but it must be expanded to exercise search options.
 
 - Content search using 'text matching', with scope limited to the current community

 - Content search using 'text matching', with scope spanning the whole edu1world platform               

 - Content search within the community, using it's community-specific 'Topics' that serve as an index to content

 - Search for a person, using 'text matching' against personal profile information. (scope spans the platform)




Use the text entry field to enter a search string, and select the option using the drop-down arrow.  The text entry field will automatically scroll when you enter longer text strings, and the drop-down list will allow you to select the type and scope of your search.  (This community, All communities, Personal Profiles or Topics)




When 'Topics' is selected, you do not need to limit the search using the text box,  You can view all topics by selecting the link 'View all topics'.

Alternatively, you may enter any part of a text string to match against the topic names.  In this instance the text string entered does not match against the content, but it matches against the topic names.

 

 Examples

1) content search within the current community

    - Enter the text that you wish to search for, placing it within the text entry box
          If you want to match an exact string then include it within double quotes;
          for example - if you want to search for "Financial Aid"

    - Leave or Select  'This Community' from the drop-down list

    - Press the Search button icon  (It looks like a magnifying glass)

2) content search spanning the whole edu1world platform

    - Enter the text that you wish to search for, placing it within the text entry box
          If you want to match an exact string then include it within double quotes;
          for example - if you want to search for "Financial Aid"

    - Select 'All Communities' from the drop-down list

    - Press the Search button icon  (It looks like a magnifying glass)


3)
content search within the community, using it's 'Topics'

     - Select 'Topics' from the drop-down list

     - you may select the 'View all topics' link that now displays after 'Topics' was selected

     That will display a roster of all the topics for the community, from which you may select
     the link to display all the content items that were identified with that topic.



     The display identifies a count of posts and wiki documents that used each topic, and each count
     is a quick link to display all of those items.

    Or - if you are familiar with the community's topics then you may enter a partial or full text
     string to match on the search topics

     for example - the Luminis Platform community may have a topic for
          'Content Management'  and another for 'Content Development'
     so I can enter 'content'

    - Select 'Topics'  as the search type

    - Press the Search button icon  (It looks like a magnifying glass)

The search results are the topics that include that text string.

You may now select all the topics that you wish included in the search results.
You may also determine whether to search just the discussion board of the community or the wiki or both.

    - Press the 'Apply Filter' button

4) Search for a person, via personal profile information

    - Enter the text that you wish to search for, within the text entry box.
      This may be all or part of a person's name or email address, or other content that you
      are expecting within the personal profile data, such as a city name.

    - Select 'personal Profiles' from the drop-down list

    - Press the Search button icon  (It looks like a magnifying glass)


Comments

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Richard MacLeod @RichardMacLeod |April 20 2012, 01:04 PM|
Is there a way to search for all posts from our own school?  For example, can I find all posts from %athabascau.ca%?

I've tried this but it searches the content and not the sender's info.
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