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Research Guides

LibrarySearch Tips

A guide to the University of Toronto Libraries' LibrarySearch platform

Reading Results

Once you have input your search terms and clicked the search button, a set of results will appear that conforms to the criteria you identified. An example set of results for "Indigenous languages" and "policy" are pictured in the following image.

Results for indigenous language and policy search with the conference proceeding "Indigenous language revitalization" listed as the first result.

Each results page is divided into two sections. The menu on the left side provides various ways to narrow your search. The content on the right is a list of results comprised of source records. 

Results screen showing the division between filter tools on the left and search results on the right

Each list of results begins with the total number of sources your search has retrieved. 

List of results with an arrow pointing to the number of results retrieved in this example search.

Reading an Item Record

"Record" is the word that the library uses to describe each item in your set of results. So each complete set of results is comprised of any source records retrieved through your search.

Item records are important because they provide basic information about each source including:

  1. The source format (e.g. book, article, video, etc.).
  2. The title, author, editor, date, and publication information, alternatively called the citation. 
  3. And location information including digital availability.

Each element of the brief record is highlighted with a number in the following image. 

Brief source record with the number 1 highlighting format, a number 2 highlighting citation information, and number 3 highlighting location.

If you would like to see more information about a specific item, click on the source title. This will open a more detailed version of the record as pictured below. 

Detailed record.