For more detailed tips on how search works in the CMC, see the Detailed Curation Guide.
For tips around finding images, see the Image Curation Guide.
From the Content Explorer, you can get to the search page by pressing the “search” button, or pressing the enter/return key while your cursor is in the search bar.
- Sort by date published, rather than relevance to see most recent results.
- Categories: Do NOT sort by category. This filter is specifically applied to a narrow set of publishers, and in general, will block out content for most publishers.
- “Has Featured Image”: Will surface only articles that have featured images
- Date Range: You can set a date-based parameter to restrict articles coming through based on the desired date range. For example, if you’re looking for articles about elections, you may want to select a date range appropriate to that event.
- Language: Makes your search results language specific.
- You may search by source, or multiple sources. To add a source filter, check the box next to its name. If you have access to more than 25 different sources, click the "+Show All" link at the end of the sources list. This will open a separate search modal, where you can search for your sources and select them.
- Tip: Separate low-volume sources from high-volume sources. With low volume sources, you may be able to scroll through all the content for the recent past. With high-volume sources, you may want to search only in that one source using keywords and/or topics.
Help with High-volume Sources
- With these publishers, there are a few different approaches that may help
- The most labor-intensive are to simply scroll through all of the articles. While this is time-consuming, it is also the only failsafe way to ensure you’re seeing all and any articles that may be helpful.
- Next, applying general keywords can help narrow down the results you see
- Example: Search for “finance” within just the source where you are trying to find content
- When searching for multi-word terms, put quotation marks around the term, ie, “small business”
- The same is true for long phrases, such as “Lobbyists swarmed the Capitol on Wednesday”
- If you do not close the quotation, an error message will appear
AND / OR
- The CMC is not Google. Search operates using Boolean logic.
- In order to search properly, use quotations, as well as “and and or” connectors
- “business” OR “small business” OR “business operations”
- “business” AND “taxes” AND “CFO”
- Tip: Using complex search strings with many “ORs” can help make certain you’re surfacing as much relevant content as possible.
Use word variants
- Searching for one keyword will surface results, but to surface as many relevant results as possible, make sure to use word variants as well
- “health” OR “healthy”
- “oncology” OR “oncologist” OR “oncological”
- “soda” OR “soft drink” OR “soda pop”
- Different terms are often used to describe the same or very similar topics. Try searching for all of these terms to get more results.
- Example: “green” OR “sustainable” OR “eco-friendly” OR “environmental”
- Example: “NGO” OR “non-governmental organization” OR “non-governmental organization”
- Publishers do not always use the same spellings for words, especially if they include a hyphen, or are a foreign-language publisher
- “healthcare” OR “health care”
- “wellbeing” OR “well-being” OR “well being”
- “fiber” OR “fibre”
- One simple way to find keywords is to look through articles that are appropriate for your topic.
- Set aside a list of keywords you find in the article, and test them out in the CMC to see if they are effective.
- Combining keywords may also have an effect on the usefulness of the search.
Specific vs. General
- Very specific keywords are often the best way to find relevant content, especially when you know exactly what you’re looking for
- Example: “SaaS” OR “Software-as-a-service”.
- However, if you aren’t certain what you want, or want to see a broader range of available articles, general searches can be helpful to begin narrowing down content
- Example: “technology” OR “tech” OR “digital” will turn up any article mentioning any of these words.
- Publishers often (but not always) label article types in the headline or body of the text
- Examples: Infographic, graphic, list, slideshow, guide, how-to, feature, explainer, advice
- If you find a search that is particularly useful, you can save the filters, sources, and other parameters you used for future use.
- After inputting the search, click on the floppy disk to the left of the search icon:
- Name your search by typing a title into the text field. If you’d like the search to be public and “usable” by other CMC users, make sure to check the “Share This Saved Search” button before saving:
- To access saved searches click on the file box icon, adjacent to the floppy disk. Note: this icon will only appear once you have saved at least one search:
- Simply choose your saved search from the drop down:
- Searches may also be edited, or deleted, after being created by clicking the Edit button in the top right of the Saved Searches window
Easily access your Favorites from the link at the top of the Content Explorer
- Favorites are a good way to set aside articles or images that may be useful, without starting a workflow.
- You can favorite (or un-favorite) an article or image by clicking the small heart that appears in the right corner of search results
- Favorites saved in the instance by one user will be visible to all users
- Dates shown for favorites reflect the article publish date, not the date of favoriting
Previously Published Articles
- If you have published an article previously, the article should have orange text noting this in the search results view.