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Why can’t I see all the results in Search Everything?

When I do a search on the library website I can only see 200 results, even though there are 1,486 results for my search.
Last Updated: Oct 19, 2015  |  68 Views

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Search Everything (powered by ProQuest Summon) is a discovery service designed to function much like the Google search engine. And just like Google, where you can only browse up to 1000 items, Search Everything also has a limit of how many items you can see even if it has indicated more in number of items found from your search.

In May 2015, we migrated to a new Search Everything interface, designed to make SE easier to use, and the limitation of how many items you can see dropped from 1000 to 200. The vendor made this change in the limit to improve product stability and speed of the application based upon their research, which indicated that users rarely browsed past 200 items. In typical user behavior, if you do not find something useful within the first 200 items, most will refine their search keywords or apply search limiting facets.

Search Everything (like Google Scholar) is not suitable to be used for systematic reviews, or as a sole resource for comprehensive literature reviews. The library subscribes to other subject and interdisciplinary databases that should be consulted for these types of reviews. Please contact your subject librarian for recommendation on other resources or consult our subject research guides.

For those patrons interested in browsing Search Everything, and would like to view more than 200 results, we have taken your needs into consideration and made a product enhancement request with ProQuest. ProQuest has not given us an ETA as to when this will be completed.

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