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Searching for Content
As of September 2019, Content Commons allows users to search from Article and Video content from a variety of sources.
Access the main homepage for Content Commons through the following URL: https://commons.america.gov/.
The Search bar is located near the top of the page.
Before inputting your search term, select which language you would like to search in.
Use the drop-down language selector located at the left of the search bar to select your language.
Type your search term or phrase into the search bar.
Press enter or click the magnifying glass icon on the right side of the search bar to execute your search.
After executing your search, you will be directed to the Search Results page and your current search term will be displayed at the top.
The total number of search result items is displayed below your search term.
To narrow down your search results, you can apply filters:
- Publish date: Anytime, Last 24 Hours, Past Week, Past Month, Past Year
- Format: Article, Video
- Source: Select from the available content sources.
- Category: Select from the available content categories.
By default, all results display in a gallery view. To switch to a list view, use the icons located to the top right of the content results.
To update the number of items listed on the page, use the drop-down selector below the display icons to choose a higher display quantity.
By default, all results display according to a weighted relevance. This can be changed to most recent by selecting the drop down at the top left of the content list.
If you are having issues searching for content, please refer to the Help Page for more information.