Refining, Filtering, and Sorting Search Results

You can change your search query by replacing or adding to the text in the search box. Keep in mind that if you are looking at search results within one data category, any new search that you perform from this view will search only the category you are currently in. To start a new search across all categories, click the “Return to All Categories” link to access the main search page.

Let’s say we decide to search for all the plant genomes available in KBase. We click “Return to All Categories”, select the Genomes category, and then replace the “arabidopsis” search string with “Viridiplantae” (which will look for all plants plus green algae). Press Enter or the search icon to see the results (see image). Because this search was done from the Genomes category view, only genomes (and no other categories) are searched.



When you have many results, sorting them can help you find what you are looking for more efficiently. Depending on the type of information in a column of results, columns can be sorted by ascending or descending order or by alphabetical or reverse alphabetical order.

Suppose you want to sort the list of plant genomes by number of contigs in order to locate those genomes with the smallest number of contigs, which tend to be more completely sequenced. Click the “Contigs” column header and select “Sort ascending” from the drop-down options. Notice that when the Contigs header was selected, the color of the column header text turned purple, and the icon below it changed to indicate the type and direction of the sort.


You can sort results by more than one column at a time. For example, in addition to sorting your list of plant genomes by the number of contigs, you can do a secondary sort by the DNA size of each organism. Click the “DNA Size bp” column and select ascending order. Now both column headers have purple titles and icons, and they are numbered to indicate the order in which the sorts were applied to your search results. This allows you to keep track of complicated sorts.

You can remove any sort by clicking on the column header and selecting the “Clear this sort” option from the dropdown menu.


Another way to locate the search results that you’re interested in is by using filters. The Filters section at the bottom left of the search page lists one or more types of filters that can be expanded to show fields that you can select to restrict your results. Each filter has a number to the right which indicates how many results match that filter. Clicking the filter checkbox will apply the filter to your results.


Note: Eukaryotes and plants are currently absent from the taxonomy filter on the initial data search page. To activate these filtering options, do one of the following: