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Page organization

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For more context or explanation, refer to:

  • Chapter 6: Organization of findings display.

  • Reference Section 5.2: Page organization.

Another aspect of the overall organization of findings is how the findings are organized into pages and within pages.

Many of the page organization features can only be controlled through setting preferences ( Reference Section 5.4: Findings page organization). The following search engine specific write-up is restricted to page organization parameters that you can set dynamically, that is, apply to the single search you are doing.

All our featured search engines can limit the number of findings reported per page. This feature can also be set as a preference. As well:

  • AltaVista's site collapse feature can be used to control whether to show all findings from a single website.

  • Copernic provides two basic formats for results page organization, one using a browser window and the other not.

Display  results per page
AlltheWeb

To control the number of findings shown per page in its advanced Web and News search, use the following drop-down menu choices:
 

For other AlltheWeb page organization parameters, refer to Reference Section 6.4: Findings page organization.

 
AltaVista

In its advanced Web search:

Display: site collapse (on/off)
  • When Site Collapse is on (check box is checked), AltaVista displays a maximum of two results per site. This lets you see many different sites in your results. When Site Collapse is off, AltaVista displays all results from each site, indenting pages from the same site below the first result listed in order of relevance. This makes it easy to see results from deep within sites. [AltaVista Help].
results per page
  • To control the number of results displayed per page for a particular search, select the number of findings per page from the drop-down menu shown here:

Copernic
For an example, see the Copernic screenshot in Chapter 3: Local application interfaces.

Copernic has two basic page organizations for browsing findings:

  1. The primary organization makes available a large pane on the right and bottom two-thirds of the screen to display the results listing.
  2. When the results are displayed in the preceding pane, you can select "Browse Results" in the "Common Tasks" pane on the lower left. This takes you to a browser interface that has the results listed in very short form on a scrollable frame to the left of the browser window. The results themselves are seen in the much larger scrollable frame on the right of that same window.

If you select one of the findings from the left pane, or from the hyperlink for that finding in the right frame, the finding itself opens in the right frame. You can also display the findings one by one by choosing "Previous" or "Next" options in the toolbar at the top of the frame on the left (see screenshot below).

To return to the findings list in the right frame after viewing an individual finding, click on the leftmost icon on the toolbar at the top of the left frame ( see screenshot below or for a larger one, Chapter 4: Organization of findings display).

To close the left frame, either choose the "X" in the upper right-hand corner of that frame, or select the "Close Toolbar" option in the Options menu (see accompanying screenshot) accessible in the toolbar at the top of the left frame.

For details, see the screenshot in Reference Section 6.4: Software integration.

If you use Internet Explorer as your browser, you can control the number of findings displayed per browser window page using a preference setting. (Click on screenshot below to open full-size in a new window.)

 
Google

To select the number of results to display per page, go to the advanced Web search page  Use a drop-down menu with options of 10, 20, 30, 50 and 100 findings per page (default value 10).


MSN Search

Page organization can only be controlled by preference settings ( Reference Section 6.4: Findings page organization); no options are available for each individual search.
 

 

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Effective Internet Search: E-Searching Made Easy!           Baylin Systems, Inc., 2006