Topic Search Tutorial
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- Welcome to the American FactFinder Topic Search tutorial.
- In this tutorial, we will show how to search for data in American FactFinder using Topics Search in Advanced Search.
- Let's look for data about Children and Poverty.
- Click 'Advanced Search' on the Main Page. The Advanced Search Page displays.
- Click 'Topics'.
- You can search by a variety of topic categories including: People, Housing, Business and Industry, Year, Product Type, Program, and Dataset.
- Clicking on any of these categories will expand them to show related sub-categories and topics for your search.
- The first topic we will search for is 'Children'. Children can be found by expanding the category 'People' followed by the sub-category 'Age Group'.
- Notice the number in parenthesis by each topic. This number indicates the number of search results (these are tables or documents) available about that topic.
- Select the topic 'Children'.
- 'Your Selections' is updated to show that 'Children' was selected. The Topic categories are updated to show only available topics.
- Notice that your search results are displayed behind the Topics box. Let's close Topics and take a look.
- Search results are available whenever you have items in 'Your Selections'. Adding and removing items from 'Your Selections' will update your search results.
- You can use topic search to select more than one topic to refine your search results.
- Let's re-open Topics and add the topic 'Poverty' to 'Your Selections' by clicking the 'People' category followed by the 'Poverty' sub-category. Click 'Poverty'.
- 'Poverty' is added to 'Your Selections', and your search results are updated.
- Again, the topic categories are updated to only show available Topics.
- Let's close Topics again to view our search results.
- The search results are updated to only include data products for 'Children' and 'Poverty'.
- As you can see, American FactFinder has several tables that match the items in 'Your Selections'. From here, you can click on a table name to open and view the information, add additional topics to refine your search, or remove items from 'Your Selections' to expand your search.
- Let's suppose you are now only interested in data related to 'Poverty'. You can easily remove a topic from 'Your Selections' by clicking the blue 'x' button next it.
- Let's click the blue 'x' next to 'Children' to remove it from 'Your Selections'.
- 'Children' is removed from 'Your Selections', and your search results are updated.
- If there are no items in 'Your Selections', no search results will be displayed.
- You can clear your search and start a new search by clicking the 'clear all selections and start a new search' link within 'Your Selections'.
- This concludes the Topics Search tutorial.
- In this tutorial, you learned how to search for data by using Topics Search in Advanced Search.
- For more information, visit the 'Using Topic Search' help pages in American FactFinder Help.