Step-by-Step Tool Bar Instructions
If you are having trouble navigating our search bar, you are not alone. My husband assured me when he implemented them that they were obvious and would be easy for people to understand. Well, I guess I'm not the only one who had trouble with them. I've received feedback from others who can't quite seem to navigate our nifty little search tool. For you these instructions are long over due and for that I apologize.
How to use the search function on Local Homeschool.
Each number on the list represents a new page.
Selecting [Next] will take you forward one page, to the next page in the sequence. Selecting [Last] takes you to the very last page of your search results.
The number of pages are included so you will have some idea where you are on the site, for navigational purposes. This will help you decide whether or not you need to narrow your search a bit by adding more search terms.
The [Min], [Max], [-10] and [+10] buttons allow you to select how many records appear on your screen at once. Increasing or decreasing the number of records displayed at one time by increments of 10. The main purpose is to allow those on dial-up to load the pages faster. The more records you choose to view at once, the longer the page will take to load.
Selecting [Min] gives you the minimum number of records allowable on the page, which is 10. Selecting [Max] allows you to view the maximum number of records allowable at one time, which is 100.
Clicking on any of the linked words above the text boxes allows you to sort by that category. For instance, clicking on the link for "County" orders the list in alphabetical order according to County. Clicking the same link again will reverse the sort order.
Clicking on type will search the contents by homeschool group type, such as Secular, Inclusive or Christian. You may also, type the word "Inclusive" into the box below the word "Type", then click on "Filter" or press enter, this will allow you to bring up a list of any group listed as "Inclusive".
The filters are little trickier. They work in conjunction with the text boxes found below them.
If you are searching for groups located in California, you would type CA into the text box below the word "state". Then either press enter on your keyboard or you may select the "filter" button above. Both function identically.
- Using an underscore between names such as; San_Francisco will give more accurate results, it is literally translated by the search engine as "and".
- Using a space between each word in the search term is translated as "or" by the search engine.
The "off" button simply turns off any filters you have executed.
Understanding the Display
The group profile section provides extensive group information, including the name, abbreviation, address, communities served, website address, a short description, and sometimes a brief event schedule.
The contact section provides information on how to contact or join a given group. This section often includes the Name and Phone Number of a representative of the group, and can also include a link to the groups email loop or the email address of the representative listed.
In addition to contact information, this section includes a type profile of the group, if one is available, listing specific details about the group such as whether they have a religious affiliation or other primary focus.
The locator section identifies the County and State of a single result. You may click on the State to replace your filter with a filter for all records within that State. Similarly, clicking on the County will filter your search by the County & State.