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Online Articles Tutorial: Search History

Search History

All searches performed on the Advanced Search during your session are available from the Search History/Alerts Screen. You can combine recent searches and retrieve previous searches saved in your personal folder (My Business Book Summaries). If enabled by your library administrator, search history may also be available from Basic Search.

Search History


To use your search history:

  1. Run a search on Business Book Summaries, and view your search results.

    Search History Screen

  2. Click the Search History link. Search history is displayed above the Result List. To close Search History, click the Search History link again. 

  3. Select from the following search history features:

    • Add lines of search statement history to your current search - Select the lines of your search statement by marking the check boxes to the left of the search statements and then click either Search with AND or Search with OR. The lines of search history will be added to the Find field with the appropriate Boolean operator. Click Search to display a new Result List.

    • Copy your search into an RSS reader - Click the RSS alert icon to display the Syndication Feed URL, and then copy it into your newsreader.

    • View Results for a line of your search history - Click a linked View Results (xx). The Result List is displayed.

    • Revise a line of search history - Click a Revise Search link. The search terms are added to the Find fields and any limiters/expanders marked. You can add to or change your search terms, limiters, etc. Click Search. A Result List is displayed.

  4. Delete specific searches from your history by placing a check in the box next to the desired searches and clicking the Delete Searches button.

    • The search history available to you includes only the searches from the current session. Unless you create a saved search, when your session ends, search history is cleared.
    • If the limiters, expanders, and search fields (author, title, subject) that you applied in the original databases are not available when you change databases or search screens, your searches may be affected.

      If search history is opened in a new database, "Rerun" appears in the Results column. This indicates that the counts are not known because the search has not been run on your current database. When you view the results (by clicking on the "Rerun" link), a new search is launched and its results counts are added to the search history.

    • You can refresh your search results from within the Search History/Alerts window by placing a check in the box next to the search(es) you would like to refresh and clicking the Refresh Search Results button.