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September 23, 2015

MyPlan Advanced Search Guide

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Find Courses Page Overview

On the Find Courses page you can search for courses using course titles, course prefixes, curriculum full names or keywords. You can also search for specific general education requirements, such as Individuals and Societies (I&S), Visual, Literary and Performing Arts (VLPA), Diversity (DIV), Natural World (NW), Writing (W), English Composition (C) and Quantitative and Symbolic Reasoning (QSR).

You can narrow your search results by selecting the meeting days and time and exclude options such as Closed Sections. To find details about various filter options, please visit MyPlan Filter Functions.

How Text Search Works

If you search for a word, in this case “Chemistry”, the search engine first checks if the word is mapped to a course prefix, in this case “CHEM”. If it finds a match, then it returns all the courses under the prefix “CHEM” (see the first 5 results below).

Next the search engine searches for the word in the curriculum full name. For this example we will search for the word “Marine”. Marine is not a department prefix, so the search engine searches for “Marine” in the curriculum full name. In this case, the first match is MARBIO 492, where MARBIO stands for “Marine Biology”. Marine appears in the full name of the curriculum even though it is not the curriculum prefix.

Search engine looks for the term "Marine" in curriculum full name

Next the search engine looks for the search term in the course titles and descriptions. For this example we will consider the word “Botany”.

The search returns the first two results (BIOL 445 and FHL 440) because these courses have
the keyword “Botany” in their titles.

Auto Suggest Feature

This feature aids in completing search queries by suggesting search terms based on curriculum prefixes and full names.

Highlighted search text fieldAuto-suggest begins when you type the first letter in the search text field and displays  results.

Example 1: In the figure below we entered the letter “C”. The search looks for “C” in all the course prefixes and curriculum full names starting alphabetically.

Entering alphabet "c" in the search text field

Example 2: In the figure below we entered the letters “Ch”. Now the search looks for the course prefixes and curriculum full names that start with “Ch” and discards the previous entries (C
ENV, C LIT from the previous figure.)

Entering letters "ch" in the search text field

Note: In the above figure you will notice that the search suggestions return the following courses:

Highlighting the bottom 5 results

The above suggestions are returned because after the search looks through the course prefixes and curriculum full names starting with the letters “ch”, it will start displaying those
prefixes and curriculum full names that have the letters “ch” in any part of the phrase. For example
ARCH (ARCHITECTURE)
ARCHY (ARCHAEOLOGY)
BA RM (BUS ADMIN RESEARCH METHODS)
BIOC (BIOCHEMISTRY)

Once you have found the course you are looking for, select the course to populate the text search field, and then select the Search button.

Once you select the search button, the search results will populate below the search box. You can further narrow your search results by using the filters to the left of your screen.