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Search and filter to find items in the online library

The online library contains many different items. Sometimes you may only wish to see certain types of items, for example you may just wish to see videos, or dictionaries. And sometimes you might want to search for items on particular topics, for example everything to do with pandanus.

The library provides several ways to search and filter content. This article explains how to find what you are looking for.

Filtering and searching using the Lukabat page

The Lukabat page is the main place in the library where you can search and filter for content.

To reach the Lukabat page, first make sure you are in the library section of the site. You can go to the library by clicking the Laiberi link in the main menu, to the right of the header image at the top of the page.

Website header showing Laiberi link in main menu

When you are in the library, you will see the library menu underneath the header image. Click the Lukabat (Browse) link on the library menu to go to the Lukabat page.

Website header showing Lukabat link in library menu

(Depending on what language you are viewing the site in, the menu link may be called something else. If in doubt, on a computer hover over menu items to see a translation into Kriol and/or English. You can also view menu translations in the help article called Guide to the menus on this site).

On the Lukabat page, under the page title, you will see the Filter Library Items box. This is the section that lets you filter and search within the library.

Partial view of Lukabat page showing Filter Library Items box

Beneath the Filter Library Items box, you will see a list of library items. These are the results – that is, the library items which match the filter or search settings you have selected.

Partial view of Lukabat page showing results of search and filter operation

Viewing all items

If you haven't applied any search terms or filter criteria, then you will see all of the library items which you have access to.

Because there are many items in the library, items are often displayed over multiple web pages. Each page usually shows 20 to 30 items. You can go to a different page using the page navigation links at the bottom of the list of items.

Partial view of Lukabat page showing page navigation links

If there are no page navigation links showing, it means that all the results of the filter or search are displayed on the current page.

If you have been searching or filtering, and want to go back to seeing all items, click the Clear Filters link at the bottom right of the Filter Library Items box. This will reset the Filter Library Items box to clear all criteria.

Partial view of Lukabat page showing Clear Filters link in Filter Library Items box

Searching by key word

To search by key word(s), type your keywords in the search field at the top right of the Filter library items box.

Partial view of Lukabat page showing search field in Filter Library Items box

Then click the magnifying glass icon next to the search field. (You can also click the Filter button at the bottom right of the Filter library items box – it does the same thing.)

Partial view of Lukabat page showing magnifying glass icon and Filter button in Filter Library Items box

The page will reload and the search results, if any, will be displayed below the Filter Library Items box. The results will be Digital Heritage items or Online Dictionaries that meet the search criteria.

You can browse through the results. When you find an item you are interested in, click on the image or title of the item to open it.

Partial view of Lukabat page showing search results

If there are no items in the library which match your search terms, then you will see the message "No results found" below the Filter Library Items box.

Partial view of Lukabat page showing 'No results found' message

More about search

The search function searches through the content of most of the metadata fields in Digital Heritage items and Online Dictionaries. This means that you can use the search field to find items based on the names of authors or editors, words included in the description or title of the item, the licensing arrangement for the item, the publisher, or other fields. Users' comments on library items are also indexed by the search function.

You can enter multiple keywords in the search box, separated by spaces. The search will find items which contain ALL of the key words you enter. For example, if you enter the keywords "pandanus stori" this will find all library items which contain both the words pandanus and stori in one or more of their fields.

If you want to find items that contain either one word OR another, you will need to do this as two separate searches.

Note that the content of media items and online dictionaries themselves are not included in the search. For example, if a Digital Heritage item has a PDF file which contains the word pandanus, this will not be found by a search using the search field. The search field will only find the word if it appears in one of the metadata fields of the Digital Heritage item.

Searching by ID

Each Digital Heritage item has an internal identifier. Internal identifiers always start with the word node-, for example node-407.

To see the internal identifier for a Digital Heritage item, you need to open the item and click the link that reads VIEW MORE INFORMATION ABOUT THIS ITEM...

This will open up a list of additional information. Look in this list under the heading Source and you will see the Internal Identifier field.

Partial view of library item page showing VIEW MORE INFORMATION link and Internal Identifier field

Internal identifiers are included in the search. This means if you know an item’s identifier, you can easily find that specific item using the Filter Library Items box. First click the Clear Filters link to reset the Filter and Search criteria. Then type the full identifier in the Search field, and click the magnifying glass icon.

Partial view of Lukabat page showing internal identifier entered in search field in Filter Library Items box, and corresponding search result

If you have typed the correct identifier, the search should find the library item and display it underneath the Filter Library Items box.

Using the filter tabs

The Filter Library Items box includes a set of filter tabs which let you filter by:

  • Languages – the languages used in the item or associated with it
  • Item types – picture, sound, video etc.
  • Categories – stories, dictionaries, worksheets, fieldwork data, etc.
  • Audiences – general, learner, academic, etc.
  • Tags – general topics or keywords associated with the item, e.g. family, food, plants, weather, etc.

(Editors and Administrators will also see several extra filter tabs which let them find library items which are promoted to the front page, or sticky at the top of lists.)

How to filter

To filter, select one or more of the filter tabs, and tick the checkboxes for the items that you want to include in the results.

For example, you might want to find library items that are songs about skin names. First click the Clear Filters link to remove any existing search terms or filters. Then click on the Categories tab and tick the box next to Songs and music.

Partial view of Lukabat page showing Categories tab in Filter Library Items box

Then click on the Tags tab and tick the box next to Skin.

Partial view of Lukabat page showing Tags tab in Filter Library Items box

The summary section in the bottom half of the Filter Library Items box should show the items you have ticked.

Partial view of Lukabat page showing summary section of Filter Library Items box

Click the Filter button and the website will find all library items which match the words you have selected. In this case, it will find items which are categorised as a Song, and which have the tag Skin.

Partial view of Lukabat page showing Filter button in Filter Library Items box, with filter results below

If you tick more than one box within one of the Filter tabs, the site will find items that match any one of the values you have ticked. For example, if you tick Alphabet and Skin on the Tags tab, then the site will find any library items which have a tag of Alphabet OR Skin.

Changing the filters

It's easy to change the filters you have applied. Just go back into the Filter tabs, tick a different set of boxes, and click the Filter button again.

Search and filter work together

It's important to know that within the Filter Library Items box, the search field and the filter tabs work together. For example, you might:

  • Type the word pandanus in the search field, AND
  • Tick the Worksheets checkbox on the Categories filter tab.

Partial view of Lukabat page showing search field and Categories tab in Filter Library Items box

In this case, when you click the Filter button, the site will only find items that are categorised as worksheets about pandanus. It will not find stories about pandanus, nor will it find worksheets about skin names.

Tip: If you are filtering for items on the site and not finding what you are looking for, then check that the search box is empty.

Search and filter are not affected by the Languages menu

On most library pages, the content you see is filtered by the language you select in the Languages menu. The Languages menu is at the top of the webpage, above the header image.

Website header showing languages menu

However, on the Lukabat (Browse) page, the Languages menu does not filter the content. You can still filter for specific languages on the Lukabat page using the Languages tab in the Filter Library Items box.

Partial view of Lukabat page showing Languages tab in Filter Library Items box

To read more about viewing content in specific languages, see the help article titled View items in different languages.

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