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Home Improvement Reference Center - Basic Search

The Home Page is a starting point for using Home Improvement Reference Center. From the Home Page you can perform a keyword search, browse home improvement Project Topics, and view information about useful home improvement reference guides and charts.

Also located on the Home Page is a Spotlight Area for a project of interest. The Project Spotlight topic is rotated on a regular basis.

To conduct a Basic Search from the Home Page:

  1. Enter your search terms in the search box and click Search.


     A Result List is displayed.

  2. Click on the title to view the article details screen, or click the full-text link to view the complete article. Click the folder folder icon icon to save the article to your personal folder.


  • The search box is displayed above the result list. Your search terms, limiters, and expanders are retained until you click New Search or the product logo.
  • To revise your search, you can apply the limiters under Refine Results. Click the Show More link to view all available limiters and expanders.
  • If you click the Home Improvement Reference Center logo, you are returned to the Home Page with your search terms cleared and search parameters reset.
  • If you perform a keyword search while viewing a Home Improvement Reference Center Project Category, Home Improvement Reference Center searches the entire database — your results are not limited to the Project Category selected.
  • If you click the Advanced Search link, you are taken to the Advanced Search Screen with your search terms carried forward.