Community Tips: Searching Existing Content

By Ginny Butsch posted 03-21-2014 14:51


NOTE: This blog was revised on July 1, 2015 to reflect upgrades to the site.

So far in the Community Tips Blog series, we’ve covered Discussions and Blogs. Today we’re going to talk about the Search function in the Community. It’s a fairly advanced tool and I’ve found that it always helps me locate what I’m looking for. It’s especially useful if you want to find out if anyone has ever asked a question that you have.

You'll find the Search option on the main navigation bar of There are always plenty of conversations about the musical Shrek, so I’m going to use it as my example.

Type your term into the search bar and hit “enter” or click on the magnifying glass.

This will produce a number of items that show you anywhere the word “shrek” is mentioned.  The simpler your search, the more results it will produce. I recommended starting with one or two key words and expanding from there as necessary.

To narrow down your search, click on the drop down arrow next to the magnifying glass:

This will help you if you are looking for a specific thread, a certain author, or perhaps one you’ve already read and want to look over again. This can also help you filter out Community search results from official EdTA documentation.

Once you have a list of results, you can view a particular response or resource by clicking on the title.

Good luck with your search! Still have questions? I have the answers! Contact me at