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Community Tips: Searching Existing Content

By Ginny Butsch posted Mar 21, 2014 2:50 PM


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.

There are two Search buttons, one within the Community and one on the main navigation bar of You’ll get the same results with either one, I’m going to demonstrate the one that’s a little easier to locate. We have had lots of conversations about the musical Shrek lately, so I’m going to use it as my example.

Type your term into the search bar and hit “enter.”

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 “show advanced search.”

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 by clicking on the title of the post. If you want to review anything related to this discussion, click on “view thread.” That will open the initial question and all responses.


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




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