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Scientific American Search We have launched a new and improved search page for

We started by researching how other sites handle search. The majority of the web sites we reviewed use Google for their site search but we found some good examples on U.K. news sites and at Keeping in mind best practices, common implementations and Scientific American’s specific content set, we designed a page that we hope will help frequent readers and new visitors find the content they’re looking for.

The Improvements:
The new design includes thumbnails for those articles that have images. We’ve added our Books content (SA eBooks and FSG Books) to the index. We’ve provided instructions for advanced search queries, which are accessible from the “?” icon. We reviewed the top 1,000 search keywords currently used on our site and defined some misspellings and synonyms, such as LHC = Large Hadron Collider.

The Filters:
To help you further explore our search results we’ve added the ability to sort by the options below. Filters can be combined by clicking more than one and also removed by clicking the (x) icon next to the selected filter.

  • Date—browse by predefined time periods or a specified date range.
  • Type—sort by media type, specifically, articles, blogs, video, slide show, images, books, podcasts and further drill down to specific content types (e.g. Ask the Experts or Science Talk) or a specific blog name.
  • Author—we provide the “top 5” authors covering the searched term and added the ability to search for specific author by name.
  • Topic—narrow results by subject matter, this can be done by clicking on topics list on the left or the topics listed under each article.

We’re very pleased with the new design and I hope you like it too. Let us know what you think below in the comments.

Angela Cesaro About the Author: Angela Cesaro is a Senior Product Manager for Scientific American. She is responsible for facilitating the launch of online products for Follow on Twitter @aecesaro.

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