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Nursing Reference Center - Using Facets on the Result List

Some databases support organizing the Result List by subjects and/or journals in facets. This feature, also known as "clustering," is helpful if you want to discover the major groupings for your topic without having to browse multiple pages of results, or checking individual articles to see if they are relevant.

To organize your results by subject: major heading or journal facets:

  1. From either Basic or Advanced Search, enter your search terms in the Find field and click Search. If available, the default Result List tab is Evidence-Based Reports.

  2. Click the All Results tab. The Result List that is displayed includes a list of facet items in the left column.

    NRC Result List

You can page through the results just as on a "regular" Result List.  Or, to narrow your results, click a hyperlink in a "Narrow Results by" column. A new Result List, limited to the subject, journal, or author selected is displayed, and a new list of facet items appears in the left column.


  • Your library administrator decides whether Facets are available.

  • The facet results groupings (subject: major heading, journal, author) are enabled/disabled on an individual basis in EBSCOadmin. For example, you can enable the subject and journal facets and disable the author facet.

  • The first 125 results, relevancy ranked, appear for the facets enabled in EBSCOadmin.

  • The maximum number of facet items displayed in a group (subject: major heading, journal, author) is ten.