Searching for Resources

There are different ways to search for resources in CalSNAP

BASIC SEARCH

You can conduct a basic search from either the Home Page or at the top of any search results page.



Home Page search


Results Page search

  1. Type a keyword in the search field and click the “Search” button.  A page with your results will display on the page. The top of the page will indicate how many total results have returned and which results you are viewing.

    You can adjust the view of your search results in the following ways:
    • Sort By – Click the pull-down menu and select from one of the options below.
      • Relevancy – This is the default sort order. Results will be ordered based upon how relevant they are to the terms you used in your search.
      • Name – Results will display alphabetically by title
      • Most Recent – Order of results will be based on the date it was added to CalSNAP.
    • Results Per Page – Select how many items that you want to view per page. You can view up to 250 results on a single page. Twenty (20) items is the default.

    • Page Navigation – Click the page numbers or use the arrow to cycle through pages.
  2. Locate an item in your results. Result items will usually contain the following information:
    • Title – displayed in bold print
    • Type of resource – This will appear in italics below the title and indicate whether the resource is an article, video, image, lesson, etc.
    • Copyright date
    • Producer
    • Grade level – This information is provided depending on the resource provider and type of resource. Many images will not have grade levels.
    • Description/Annotation – Each item in the search results will contain information about the resource. Depending on where the resources comes from, the information in the annotation may vary.
    • Subjects – Subjects are clickable links. Clicking these links will conduct a new search, locating resources that are tagged with the subject. Note that subjects are based on information shared by the provider (vendor). Each provider uses its own subjects, so clicking a subject link could limit your results to one vendor.
    • Resource Link – This is located at the bottom of the item result. These links are customized for each vendor, and the icon or thumbnail represents the content or provider.
  1. To view a resource, click on the resource link that appears at the bottom of the annotation. You will be taken to the website where the resource is located and the selected resource will display in a new window.  If this is a subscription resource, you will also be logged into your district, school, or personal account.
    NOTE: Some of the Open Educational Resources (OERs) offer the option to create individual accounts for free that allow you to take advantage of other features on their website. These accounts are optional. You can still access the content without creating an account.
  2. To return to your search results, select the CalSNAP Smart Search tab (or window) in your browser.

ADVANCED SEARCH

The advanced search can be accessed from the home page under the Search menu
image of search menu or
next to the search bar on the results page after conducting a search.
image of search bar with link to the advanced search

To conduct an Advanced Search:

  1. Enter a search term in the search bar, then select any additional search options for your search. You do not need to make selections in all of the areas…just those that are relevant to your search.

  2. Select which fields you want CalSNAP to search for the entered term.

  3. Select how you’d like the words entered in the bar to be searched. This is relevant only if you have entered more than one work in the search bar

    • Exact Phrase will search for phrase entered to be found exactly as written. For example, entering “American Revolution” would only find results where the words “American Revolution” are used together. It would not find results written as “The United States Revolution gave Americans freedom from British rule.”
    • All Words will locate content that have all of the words entered anywhere in the field(s) selected. For example, entering “1960s Civil Rights” would find a result with “The Civil Rights movement of the 1960s…”
    • Any Word will return results that find any of the words entered. This would provide the most results, but could also return results that are on other topics. For example, entering “cell division” would return all of the following:
      • “In plant cells, the division plane is predicted…”
      • “Terrorist cells are often…”
      • “Synthetic division is another method of dividing polynomials.”
  4. Select the type(s) of resource that you want to be included in your search results by clicking the checkbox. The list of resources is based on the categorization of each vendor, so you may see some choices that are synonyms (ie, image/photo, webpage/website, etc).

  5. Select grade levels. Use the pull-down menu to select the lowest and/or highest grade level.

    You can choose to only set one of the grade levels. For example, selecting the lowest grade level as Grade 6 and nothing in the highest grade level, would return results that are tagged as Grade 6 and above. (Note: You may still see lower grades in your filters as some content that is marked as appropriate for Grade 6 may also be tagged for grades K-5.)
  6. Click the Show More Search Options link to reveal additional options that allow you to refine your search further.
  7. Add more search terms to refine your search. Besides selecting the fields and whether to search for exact phrase, any or all words, you can also use the Boolean operators from the pull-down menu.
    • AND narrows a search by indicating that ALL terms used must be found in order for it to appear in your results list
    • OR broadens a search by stating that any of the words it connects are acceptable. This is particularly helpful when you are searching for synonyms, such as “death penalty” OR “capital punishment.”
    • NOT narrows your search by eliminating results that include the term(s). This can be useful when your main search term can be used in other ways (ie, “Revolution” NOT Spanish – to eliminate any results on the Spanish Revolution.) Use this with caution as this can sometimes eliminate good results.
  8. Copyright Year – Enter dates to narrow results to a specified time period when the asset was published/produced.
  9. Running Time – Enter the number of minutes to narrow results based on the length. This will also narrow the type of assets that return as only video and audio files have running times.
  10. Closed Captioned – Click the box to display only those videos that have captioning.
  11. After setting all of your options, click the Search button to display results. Your results will display as usual, and you will still be able to narrow results using the filters on the right side of the page.

SUBJECT LIST

The Subject List allows you to locate a specific subject to view all content tagged with it. This list is arranged alphabetically.

  • Use the Show menu to select how many subjects to display per page.
  • Enter a numerical or alphabetical string in the Beginning with field to narrow the list. For example, you can enter “19” or “chr” to narrow your list to those subjects that begin with these text/number characters.

SERIES LIST

The Series List will display the titles of any series that have been identified by the vendor. Note: This may not be a complete list as not all vendors provide series information on their content.

  • Use the Show menu to select how many subjects to display per page.
  • Enter a numerical or alphabetical string in the Beginning with field to narrow the list. For example, you can enter “19” or “chr” to narrow your list to those subjects that begin with these text/number characters.

PRODUCER LIST

The Producer List will display the names of the producers of the resources included in search results. The producer can be the company that publishes a resource or it can be an author, photographer, illustrator, etc of the asset.

  • Use the Show menu to select how many subjects to display per page.
  • Enter a numerical or alphabetical string in the Beginning with field to narrow the list. For example, you can enter “19” or “chr” to narrow your list to those subjects that begin with these text/number characters.