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Guided Navigation

What is Guided Navigation?
How do I start my search?
How do I narrow my search?
How do I expand my search?

What is Guided Navigation?
Guided navigation is the ability to add and remove keywords and categorizations of items to filter your results. As you add these filters, they appear in the breadcrumb trail above the search results. You can remove any filter from the breadcrumb trail at any time.

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How do I start my search?
Start your search just about as you've always done. From the home page, catalog home page, or search page, you can select a keyword and choose a type of item such as Books, Political, or Fossils, and then click "Search". Much of the time, this will be all you need!

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How do I narrow my search?

The real power of Guided Navigation is the ability to narrow your search results. The left column allows you to add filters, such as "Historical Category", "Current Bid", "Reserve Status", "Special Attributes", and so on. Each time you make such a selection, the listing of results will become smaller, showing only those items that meet all the criteria you have selected. You can also add or change a keyword, such as "Washington", at any time, if that will help your search. Sometimes a new selection will open up new sub-selection possibilities; for instance, if you start your search by looking at all Military & Patriotic items, you can then narrow your search to just specific time periods or wars, whichever suits your collecting interests best.

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How do I expand my search?
You can add or drop fields or keywords from your results at any time. Above the listing of results is a complete list of the filters you have selected. Click on the remove link next to any filter to remove it, and the page will refresh to show all items matching the new broader specifications.

For Example:
Imagine — you collect Political Memorabilia. You are interested in ribbons depicting Abraham Lincoln. How do you search for them?

Start by choosing "Political" from the drop-down menu on the home page or search page. This will result in a listing of all of the Political-related items we have available for auction or purchase.

To limit your search to ribbons, go to "Historical Item Type" on the left side of the page and choose the type of item you want:

  • 3D & Other Display
  • Ferrotypes/Photo Badges
  • Pinback Buttons
  • Ribbons & Badges

On a budget? Choose the current bid amount:

  • $0
  • $1-$99
  • $100-$999
  • $1,000-$9,999

Or even a featured item in an auction, in Highlights:

  • Featured
  • Most Active (bid/track)
  • Most Popular (views)

And, if you like and haven't done so already — add a keyword (use the box right below "Refine Your Results"). You can change a keyword you've already used in the same place:

  • Lincoln

To change your search from Ribbons to Buttons while keeping all of the other criteria you've already chosen, click "Remove" next to your selection of Ribbons at top, then choose "Pinback Buttons" from the list of subcategories on the left.

Keep in mind always that your available search selections are on the left side of the page, and that the listing of selections you've already made is at the top, and that you can always remove a selection you've already made by clicking on the "Remove" link next to it. You can also restart a search from scratch at any time by using the textbox and dropdown menus at the top of the page. Remember: once you've reached the search page, you can make your selections in any order!

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