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 (desktop) 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 (now on desktop blog pages). 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; accounts for common suffix mismatches.
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).
Supports mobile browsers.

Automated Boolean Searches

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 (under "Help" tab) allows users to type capitalized AND OR between words for more granularity.

The storewide Find employs a more user-friendly approach with prioritized adaptive search parameters. If one fails, another is used. The following example is a precursor to current implementation. This gives you an idea of prioritized searches behind the humble field:

  1. Match phrases on either side of each "OR"
  2. Search exact match for product ISBN
  3. Search exact match for assigned code within product URL
  4. Match range of sizes: 11x17 to 22x28 inches (or cm)
  5. Match text fields that begin with up to 5 words in any order
  6. Search product years
  7. Search multiple text fields that begin with phrase
  8. Search dimensions in reverse order
  9. Search text fields that begin with up to 5 words in any order sans suffix
  10. Search first or last exact-match 3 of first 4 words
  11. Match last search word within title
  12. Category search
  13. Search price range

Looking for You

To make this work, the search engine may need to correct spelling and suppress nonessential words before seeking matches. For example, to keep "treatments for cancer" from displaying dozens of pages (because "for" is so common), 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. Instead of looking within each word for the keyword "male," words that begin with the keyword are searched to minimize false positives like "female." Every effort is made to display meaningful results. A match with plural and tense suffixes stripped is searched. If no results are found, a populated sitewide Search field appears.

Because we sell posters and frames in a variety of sizes, it is likely that you may search by dimensions. It is also probable that you might enter specific measurements that do not match products in stock. Unit of measure and abbreviations for such will vary. When numerals are separated by an "x" the storewide Find converts units of measure (centimeters, cm, in, inch, inches, ft, foot, feet, meter[s], metre[s]) with and without spaces into inches or centimeters on the fly to standardize comparisons. If no product matching the dimensions is available, a custom-size frame product page is presented.

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. Every effort is made to interpret typographical mismatches before displaying an error page. After all, the goal is not just to search but to find something truly valuable.

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