SEARCH RESULTS DISPLAY
Combined List and Expanded Database List
By default, results appear in a combined list of databases. To show the results for each database, click on the + sign next to the number of results and search the query statement. The expanded list provides the name and amount of records retrieved from each database. You can then limit your results by database by clicking on the hyperlinked numbers to the left of each database name.
Click on the - sign to return to the combined list.
Resource Type Tabs
The results page automatically separates the results into resource types. The first set of tabs across the top of the results includes these resource types, from bibliographic resources (journals, peer-reviewed journals, etc.) to non-bibliographic resources like Scholars, Funding Opportunities, and Web Sites.
The default view is the ‘Published Works’ tab. To limit your search by resource type, select one of the tabs. When a tab is selected, it will be highlighted.
Publication Type Tabs
The results page automatically separates the results into publication types. They are listed in tabs across the top of the results. Some of the publication types are journals, peer-reviewed journals, conferences, web sites, books, book chapters, essays, and reports.
The default view is the 'All Publication Types' tab. To limit your search by publication type, select one of the tabs or click on More Publication types to see a complete list. When a tab is selected, it will be highlighted.
Below are brief descriptions of each publication type:
All Publication Types
In October 2005, the "All" tab was renamed to "All Publication Types" because of the introduction of the Scholars tab that denotes information about individual scholars and is not limited to published works. The results total under All Publication Types includes publications grouped under all other published work categories and does not include totals from the Scholars and Web Sites tabs. The published works tabs are not mutually exclusive, e.g., a journal article that is the result of a presentation at a conference, could score a hit under the Journals, Peer-Reviewed Journals, and Conferences tabs (as well as, of course, under All Publication Types).
Scholarly journals are the predominant publication type for articles and other published items indexed in the databases of CSA Illumina. The Journals tab contains material that is very loosely defined as serially or periodically published and may include trade publications, magazines, newspapers, newsletters, and even monographic book series that have ISSNs.
Scholarly periodicals which require that each article submitted for publication be judged by an independent panel of experts (scholarly or scientific peers). Peer-reviewed journals can be identified by their editorial statements or instructions to authors. We use the Ulrich’s Directory of Periodicals to assign the peer-reviewed status, if that information is not already provided by the database publisher.
This tab indicates the number of scholars in the results set for which there is more detailed information, such as affiliations with links, personal web site, curriculum vitae, description of research interests, and additional publications. These data are retrieved from the companion product Scholar Universe.
For published proceedings, individual abstracts, and entire presentations at meetings, congresses, conferences, symposia, colloquia, seminars, workshops, round tables, and other professional gatherings.
The editors at CSA have researched academic, governmental, scientific and technical web resources, selected the most useful portions of the web sites and indexed them to compile the growing database of web resources. All links are checked monthly to ensure that every URL is current. We average a rate of less than 1% dead links. Web sites must originate from a reputable source and not appear to be ephemeral. Furthermore, editors avoid sites with an obvious political agenda, although this may be somewhat difficult when monitoring sites that would be of interest to students of political science and history. Lastly, the URLs must provide immediate access to the web information.
Records of available opportunities for grants, fellowships, prizes and other types of funding are provided. Each COS Funding Opportunities record includes information on deadlines, amount of award, any eligibility criteria, and contact information for more information from the sponsoring organization.
Books are any publications that are not serials. In cataloging usage, a book or monograph is usually on a single subject or related subjects and is complete in itself, whether constructed of chapters, sections, or parts. Most modern books have an ISBN (or multiple ISBNs when published in different countries or different bindings.)
Chapters: main divisions of a relatively lengthy piece of writing, such as a book, that is usually numbered or titled.
Essays: Works consisting of collections of papers or interpretive literary compositions not previously published.
Works that consist of critical analyses of books or other monographic works.
Works giving details of the results of an investigation or the transactions of a group. These are usually monographic in nature, i.e, published once as a standalone publication, although they may also be part of series that has an ISSN, in which case a hit may be scored under both the Journals and Reports tabs. Reports are not generally peer-reviewed; they are often regarded as being part of the "grey literature". Note: Articles in journals that report on the current state or current position of research and development are generally categorized under the Journals tab.
Theses and other works consisting of formal presentations made usually to fulfill requirements for an academic degree.
Works consisting of documents granted by a government giving exclusive rights to an inventor or assignee to manufacture, use, or sell an invention for a certain number of years. If we ever cover standards in any depth, this tab will be renamed to "Patents & Standards".
Works consisting of representations, normally to scale and on a flat medium, of a selection of material or abstract features on the surface of the earth.
Catalogs (Catalogues in UK)
Exhibition catalogs published by a museum or gallery on the occasion of an exhibition. Usually consist of photographic reproductions of the works on show, as well as one or more essays on the artist(s), themes(s), or the curation or hang of the exhibition itself. Note: This category does not refer to library catalogs.
Works consisting of an announcement or statement of recent or current events of new data and matters of interest in any field. Examples include press releases, and newspaper articles (which may, depending on the database, be categorized under the Journals tab.)
Any published work that is not classified within other categories may fall under "other." Examples include audio recordings, video recordings, etc.
At the bottom of the results page, you may also select the number of results per page (10, 25, or 50) from the 'Results per page' pull-down menu.
Navigate Through Search Results
At the bottom of the search results page, an additional search box is available to refine your original search or submit a new search. Simply enter in the information and click the 'Search' button to retrieve your new set of results.
Also available at the bottom of the page is a navigation menu. The navigation feature allows you to view another page of records or to use the Record # box to go to a specific record number.