thesaleroom.com has updated its platform to help improve the way customers can search for lots of interest. Searches can be performed in three ways.
Manual Searches across thesaleroom.com
Manual searches are performed by typing a search word or phrase into the search bar on the saleroom.com;
Results are then delivered in a single page or series of pages, depending on the number of results.
Manual searches by auctioneer
Thesaleroom.com users can select a specific auction and perform a search inside that auction alone by entering the search word or phrase into the search bar in the left-hand menu. (as per picture below).
Automated searches using ‘Auction Alerts’
thesaleroom.com customers can receive the results of automated searches via the ‘auction alerts’ function. To create or edit these please click on the ‘my saleroom’ link
and select ‘My Auction Alerts’.
You can then create or edit alerts as needed.
Auction alerts are then automatically run against all listed auction on thesaleroom.com and delivered as an email for convenience. The frequency of these alerts can be customised from inside the ‘My Auction Alerts’ area.
Setting up your search
Searches can be structured in a number of ways: -
Single word search.
The simplest type of search is for a single word. Eg ‘Vase’. This will return all results for all lots with ‘vase’ in the title or description.
Mutiple word search
An expanded search can be performed by adding words together eg expanding Vase to be Ming Vase. When words are combined in a single string the background systems discretely place the word AND between the words to help refine the search.
Therefore, the search:
Is in the background performed as :-
Ming AND Vase
This could be expanded further if desired by adding extra words eg:
Ming Vase Century
Would return results for lots containing:
Ming AND Vase AND Century
Offering a refined result that had lot listings where all three words were listed in the title and description.
It’s worth noting that is searching for Vases omitting the S from Vases and typing Vase would still present the same results. This is the same for all pluralised search words e.g. Car / Cars.
If there are spaces between words in a search you need to remember that the system is effectively treating these spaces as the word AND. Consequently, every extra word refines your search, reducing the output of the search whilst zoning in on the items of specific interest.
Thesaleroom.com users can override this default search behaviour and create more complex and exacting searches by adding ‘Boolean’ search words and other measures to searches
These refining words are AND, OR and NOT
As above AND is the default filter applied. It can also be abbreviated using the + sign. The following statements are equivalent:
Gilbert and George
Gilbert + George
All of these above searches present the same results
NB: It should be noted that adding a number of AND connections to search words dramatically filters the number of results down in number. Search strings with many ANDs often yield no results - handy if the search is very specific but potentially limiting if over utilised.
OR will find lots with either term. It can also be abbreviated using the | sign. The following statements are equivalent:
brass OR monkey
brass | monkey
OR in a search can be used to expand a search and increase the number of results, eg:-
Arms OR ammunition OR Military OR WW2 OR WW1 OR Rifle
Will return a list of results containing lots with any of these words. While it may seem attractive to create an auction alert with a long string of desirable words linked by OR it may be easier to manage splitting a long term into shorter terms across multiple auction alerts.
NOT will exclude lots that have the term in. The example below will remove any lots containing the word monkey. It can also be abbreviated using the – sign which must be prefix the word (i.e. can’t be separated by a space). The following searches are equivalent:
brass NOT monkey
To use our military example above, we could use NOT to exclude results with WW1 in the search eg:
Arms OR ammunition OR Military OR WW2 OR Rifle NOT WW1
Its important to note that the search terms AND, OR and NOT apply to the word that follows them - and that our search engine applies them in a logical way. For example: -
APPLE NOT PEAR AND PEACH
Is processed by our search engine in the following way:-
APPLE AND PEACH NOT PEAR.
So, lots with Apple and Peach are included but any featuring PEAR are excluded. This is a key improvement we’ve built into our new search capability.
Using quote marks to search
Using quotes, searches can be tuned to return exact results. Putting a search word or words into quotes forces the search function to only return exact matches.
For example, the search for
David Roberts prints
Produces results – not all of which are prints by David Roberts (some results will be for prints with the word David or Robert elsewhere in the title or description – the search is processed as :-
David AND Roberts AND Prints
To refine this to just prints by David Roberts the following can be used to search
"David Roberts" prints
This will return prints with the exclusive term David Roberts in the title or description
In addition to this there are parentheses ‘(‘ and ‘)’ and wildcards ‘*’.
Parentheses can be very useful to find specific items. For example:
Brass (urn or fender or lamp or statue)
Will find brass urns, fender, lamps and statues.
(brass or tin) (urn or fender or lamp or statue)
will find brass urns, fender, lamps and statues and tin urns, fender, lamps and statues.
The wildcard character (*) can be used to look for items that have the same root word. For example, you may be looking for candelabras and candelabrum and, rather than specifying them separately, you can create a single term:
Help with searches
As ever, our customer service team is here to help with any queries relating to searches and can be reached by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.