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UX Search Patterns

From the Web and UX Design Accidental Encyclopedia

I was doing some research into search patterns and I thought I would share…

1: UX search pattern: Basic Search

Search results based on keywords in-putted into the search field. The search is in the entire database, or restricted to the meta-data or a curated list.

The user can use search operators (and this can be true for ALL the search patterns) – for example: $, – , “ “, * , .. (see list at the end of page). However, the application of the search operators is dependent on the users knowledge of them.

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2: UX search pattern: Advanced Search

Search results based on keywords in-putted into the search field. The search is refined by the user using predetermined parameters such as date range, excluding words, specific regions, or other pre-determined search parameters. These parameters can be saved and applied to future searches. Can be used to filter the initial basic search results.

3: UX search pattern: Search Suggestions

Search results based on keywords in-putted into the search field. The search keywords are also used to auto-suggest a curated list of (popular) documents that the user might be looking for. Can be used in combination with Advanced Search.

Search results patterns 3-6 find semantic meaning in the keywords and the results to then define, filter and reduce the search results to the best possible answer. Also possible is filtering using the location, previous search results and even the gender of the searcher.

4: UX search pattern: Search Guidance

Search results based on keywords in-putted into the search field. The search keywords are also used to auto-suggest a curated classification that the user might be looking for. Can be used in combination with Advanced Search. There is a multiple select option to drill down into the taxonomy. This is under the assumption that there is taxonomy and that the documents available have been appropriately tagged. The search results update to reflect the user input.

5: UX search pattern: Search Taxonomy

Search results based on keywords in-putted into the search field. The search keywords are also used to suggest a curated classification of the meta-data that the user might be looking for. There is a multiple select option to drill down into the taxonomy. This is under the assumption that there is taxonomy and that the documents available have been appropriately tagged. The search results update to reflect the user input. Is different from Search guidance in that the classification is offered as search criteria and not a curated list types. It is different from advanced search in that the key classification words are offered, and not set by the user.

6: UX search pattern: Search Filtering

Search results filtered based on keywords in-putted into the search field. This is different from the previous searches in that the search results become the search criteria and are filtered down to reduce the search results and increase the focus and quality of the search.

 

Operator Result
$ Find search results with (dollar) prices
Remove words. When you use a dash before a word or site, it excludes results that include that word or site. For example -Tax
_ Use to connect words – example president-Obama-health-care-act
“ “ In quotes, the results will only include pages with the same words in the same order as what’s inside the quotes.
* Add an asterisk within a search as a place-holder for any unknown or wild-card terms. Example: “a * saved is a * earned”
.. Separate numbers by two periods without spaces (..) to see results that contain numbers in a given range of things like dates, prices, and measurements.

 

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