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Querying by Filtering Sidebar and Search Results | GUDMAP

Querying by Filtering Sidebar and Search Results

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Anatomy of a search page

screenshot of the landing page

Above is a typical search results page. Common elements are:

  1. Filtering sidebar
  2. Filters (which display attributes chosen through the filtering sidebar)
  3. Search bar above the results for free text search.
  4. Search results based on filters.

Using the filtering sidebar

The filtering sidebar allows you to narrow your search results by various data attributes and metadata - such as Species (mus musculus) and Assay Type (ISH) in the example above.

Selecting and de-selecting attributes in any of the facets will filter the results to show only data with those attributes.

Zoomed in view of sidebar

Zoomed in view of sidebar

Searching attributes within the sidebar

A filter displays up to 10 attributes. When there’s more than 10, there are a couple of options for finding the one you’re looking for.

Search in the filter

Use the small search box within the filter to search across those attributes only.

The following example shows a user looking through Specimen records who wants to find proximal tubule within the regions listed in the “Anatomy” filter.

Note how suggested matches are displayed as the user types.

animation of searching within Anatomy filter

Use the “Show more” window

Click the “Show More” link to pull up a modal window where you can browse through all attributes and their descriptions.

In the following example, the user searches just the term tubercle to see what’s available.

After reading the descriptions, they select both genital tubercle of male and genital tubercle of female and click Submit to see available specimen data for both.

animation of using the Show More window


  • Selecting All on page will select all checkboxes that appear in the window.
  • Clicking None on page will de-select all checkboxes in the window.
  • You may also use the search field to narrow down your choices by typing in free text.

Expanding/collapsing filters

If the filtering sidebar is long, you can manage which filters are shown by clicking the down and up arrow, as shown below, to expand and collapse the filters:

animation of expanding and collapsing filters

Clearing filters

If you want to clear a filter, click the X icon next to the filter’s name.

You can also click “Clear all filters” to remove them all.

animation of clearing filters

Using the main search results

The current search results are displayed in the main body of the page. You may also browse and refine the results from this area.

Searching across columns

Note the larger search field above the search results. Enter a keyword or key phrase to search across text in all of the visible columns.

animation of using free text search

Sorting columns

Some columns are configured to be sort-able. To identify which columns you can sort, look for the double arrow icon and click to toggle the column sort between ascending and descending.

animation of sorting columns

How text search works

The search automatically assumes a ‘wildcard’ at the end of the search string; therefore, typing in uro in any search field will search for words/symbols beginning with uro, e.g. urothelium, urogenital, uroplakin, etc.