Easier Way To Find What You’re Searching For

Skip the search to find what you need.

By Kevin RR Williams

WEBSITE External search engines might land you on a starting page within this site. But chances are, you may be looking for multiple titles or related articles. ClinicalPosters.com has separate sitewide Search and storewide Find engines. The sitewide Search gives priority to blog articles. The storewide Find returns results within the online store. The goal of the Find feature in our online store is to make searching more enjoyable.

Easier Way To Find What You’re Searching For

Searching is rarely a pleasurable task. When was the last time you considered it fun to search for your keys, eyeglasses, or car in a parking structure? With this in mind, you can see what a tall order it is for our ever-improving Find feature. Searching must be intuitive, redundant and adaptive to effectively locate useful content.

  • Intuitive - Type a word or phrase before pressing enter key.
  • Redundant - Drill down from Inventory tab; select product category from menu; select price range; type phrase; click hyperlinked keywords on product pages or shopping cart.
  • Adaptive - Autocorrects common medical terms; replaces words with synonyms appearing on product pages.
Searching Store.ClinicalPosters.com on Computer Desktop
Method Instructions Benefits
Shop Select category from menu (then optionally press Shop button or keyboard Enter key). Items in the online store labeled with specified category are listed with thumbnail images.
Find Type a word, exact phrase or product number before pressing Find buton (or keyboard Enter key). Depending on phrase, this option can either narrow or broaden storewide searches. For example "new" isn't a selectible category but you can Find new products.
Search Type any combination of words before pressing Search (or keyboard Enter key). Sitewide results list page titles for both articles and products (without thumbnail images).
Mobile search options are limited.

Programmers often prefer advanced grep searches for control over numerous variables: Should results reflect any one of the words typed or be all inclusive? Are partial or complete words acceptable? Can partial words be anywhere within results or must words begin with search words? The powerful sitewide Search engine allows users to type capitalized AND OR between words for more granularity.

The storewide Find employs a more user-friendly approach with built-in prioritization:

  1. Search phrases on either side of each "OR"
  2. Search for first five words as a word-starts-with parameter
  3. Search product ISBN
  4. Search product years
  5. Search match for entire phrase

To make this work, the search engine may need to suppress nonessential words. For example, to keep "treatments for cancer" from displaying nearly every page, the storewide Find simply looks for "cancer treatments." Concise phrases are best. Grammatical prefixes like "show me all the posters with…" are unnecessary and will be suppressed. If no results are found, a populated sitewide Search field appears.

Many product page descriptions include hover-over definitions of medical terms and initials. The variety of ways to search make locating ideal products as efficient or serendipitous as you like. After all, the goal is not just to search but to find something truly valuable.

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