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You can locate resources in several different ways: basic keyword search, "advanced search", "browse by subject", and "browse by resource type". The BEN Collaborative portal and partner sites use catalogs that contain descriptive information about the collections' learning resources. A learning resource can be a course, an image, or a journal article. Other information stored in the catalog about a learning resource are title, author(s), description, keywords, education information such as audience and pedagogical use, copyright or usage restrictions, and technical information such as file type and size.
Basic keyword search: Searches all of the fields in the catalog including title, author, keywords, descriptions, discipline (subject) and resource type. You can focus a keyword search by selecting audience level or limit the search to free resources.
Advanced search: You can refine your search results even further by using advanced search instead of keyword search. The advanced search allows you to search by title, keywords, discipline (subject), pedagogical use, resource type, audience (education levels), author, and author institution. This allows you to focus the search to prevent an overwhelming number of results.
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Browse by Subject: Displays the list of subjects followed by the number of resources available. Only the subjects that have resources are displayed. For each subject, a list of resource titles is presented in alphabetical order. Cataloged items may appear under more than one subject.
Browse by Resource Type: Displays the list of resource types followed by the number of resources available. Only the resource types that have entries are displayed. For each resource type, the list of resource titles is presented in alphabetical order. Cataloged items may appear under more than one resource type.
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