Detailed Curation Guide

Searching for Articles

The search functionality gives you the flexibility to search a keyword by date, source, category, language, and featured image, and to sort results by relevance or date published:



  • Basic keyword searches can be entered in the search bar using boolean search logic (follow the link to learn more)
  • It is important to keep in mind that when searching for a phrase (more than one word) it is best practice to put quotations around it. e.g. “small business” or “working from home”
    • Keyword searches are particularly useful for specific phrases, names, niche topics, companies etc. More general terms like “business” will likely produce irrelevant articles

 

Setting Parameters

Narrow your search results by adding a variety of filters. Make sure to hit the search button or enter on your keyboard to surface the filtered content!

  • Set a source filter by checking its box in the sources list:



    • Sometimes it may be useful to do a blank search from a specific source.
    • This is most useful for publications with a lower volume or publications that regularly cover the topic you are searching for.
  • You may want to repurpose evergreen archival content for your content marketing needs. In these cases, the date range parameter will come in handy.
    • Simply uncheck the “All Time” box and set your start and end dates:

    • For instance, if you are looking for articles around “tax preparation”, it may be useful to dig through articles from last year’s tax season.
  • Finding articles with featured images
    • Some of your licensed articles may come with featured images. These images appear at the top of the article, rather than the body of the article:
FEATURED IMAGE   INLINE IMAGE
 

 

    • By checking “Has Featured Image”, only articles with featured images will surface in your search:



Best Practices and Saved Searches

  • Don’t be afraid to mix and match: To narrow down search results, experiment with combinations of parameters. Examples:


    Source = 24/7 Wall St. + Keyword = “employee engagement”

  • If you find a search that works particularly well, you have the ability to save it and use it during curation in the future.
    • 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:

  • Keep in mind that in many cases, simple keyword searches or blank source searches may be the best way to surface content.

 

Working with Images (see also our Image Curation Guide)

 

Accessing Images

  • There are two main ways to search for images
    • To do a basic image search that is not attached to an article, navigate to the Content Explorer by clicking on the “Content” compass in the left hand bar:

    • The search default is set to Articles. Click on the drop down to choose Images:

    • Alternatively, you can add featured images to any article that you are publishing. This step occurs after you have started your workflow:

    • Quick Post Workflow:


    • Publishing Task Workflow:


    • By clicking on the Change Featured Image button you will be brought to the image search module. Note: you will have the ability to add a featured image to an article without one, as well as change the featured image associated with an article that already has one.

 

Setting Parameters

  • Set size parameters using the width and height inputs:

    • If you do not have size minimums you can leave the dropdown as is and search through the entire library of images.
  • You have the ability to sort by relevance or date published:

    • For image searches where many images are returned, this filter may be useful.
    • Sort by Relevance: more variety in the search results, but top images are usually more dated.
    • Sort by Date: Newer images, usually following "trends" (Filtered, Flat, Authentic images)
  • Filter by image layout:

    • If you always use landscape or portrait images, use these checkboxes to filter accordingly
  • Filter by source:
    • You can leave this field blank to surface images from all of the sources you receive.

 

Best Practices and Saved Searches

  • Be Specific:
    • Don’t just search for “casserole.” If it’s possible, search for “green bean casserole” or add whatever extra information is available
  • Be Descriptive:
    • Consider the following:
      • Texture: Crispy, Flaky, Juicy
      • Angle: Top View, Close Up, Focus
      • Flavor: Sweet, Healthy, Sour, Spicy
      • Location: Table, Beach, Outdoors
      • Events: Christmas, Valentine’s Day, Superbowl
      • Photography style: Silhouette, Filter, Vintage
  • Tips and Tricks:
    • Like articles, image search uses boolean search logic (follow the link to learn more)
    • Be as detailed as possible to avoid digging:
    • More keywords: "term" and "term" and "term" and "term"
    • If you aren’t receiving as many results as you would like, take away terms and generalize the search
    • Use of Ands and Ors
    • Ands result in broad (and usually better) results
    • e.g. NOT "red light" but "red" and "light", because a caption could say "light is red" rather than "red light"
    • Using OR = more results, but more digging
    • e.g. "concert" or "festival"
    • Think of search terms in American AND British English: e.g. "Holiday" results in vacation photos as well as Christmas photos

Saved Searches

  • If you find a search that works particularly well, you have the ability to save it and use it during curation in the future.
    • 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:

  • Keep in mind that in many cases, simple keyword searches or blank source searches may be the best way to surface content.
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