Results Clustering

Results Clustering helps you find answers fast

Looking at federated search results often means sorting through thousands of citations to find the best content—a slow and frustrating experience. 360 Search uses Results Clustering to dramatically reduce search time and effort. Results Clustering groups results by sub-topics, dates, journals, and authors to turn a long list of disparate results into a highly faceted research interface. Results Clustering is so intuitive and easy to use that it requires no training.

Results clustering helps find answers fast

Central Search Diagram

When searching for a keyword or phrase, Results Clustering ”defragments” results into meaningful clusters that can be quickly scanned to narrow your search.


Helps find answers faster

Turns search into research

The new 360 Search Results Clustering feature provides the most effective method available for organizing and presenting results, so your patrons can access information faster than ever. The Results Clustering feature is provided FREE to 360 Search subscribers, and can be deployed with virtually no effort by librarians.

360 Search Results Clustering

Results Clustering automatically creates subject hierarchies as results are returned. Additional Journal, Date, and Author facets help patrons drill down to specific items – as well as discover new ones.

Find answers faster. Spend less time searching - more time for analysis and interpretation:

  • Turns a long list of citations into browseable Subject categories
  • More effective than "relevancy" - the "right" answer is often found in many citations
  • Journal, Date, and Author facets help patrons drill down to specific items - as well as discover new ones

Eliminate information overload. Results Clustering brings clarity to an avalanche of results:

  • Results can be viewed as small, coherent groups
  • Cluster names are concise, accurate, and distinctive
  • Knowledge discovery and browsing are faster and easier than ever before possible
  • Dynamic Resource Display automatically updates clusters when a specific provider or database is selected

Intuitive and easy-to-use. Provide immediate access to patrons:

  • No training required
  • Clustering is automatic - not a separate action
  • Text-based links embrace existing Web usability patterns
  • Tab-based facets enable patrons to explore results from a variety of vantage points with one click
  • Hierarchical clusters indicate relevance of terms without relying on "magic bullet" relevance ranking
  • No silly boxes, clouds, circles, triangles or other shapes to move around

Provided free to 360 Search subscribers. Deploy with no delays:

  • No "upgrade fees" are required - all new features and enhancements are included with a 360 Search subscription
  • No cost/benefit analysis required
  • Participation is optional

Quick and easy to customize and deploy. Requires virtually no effort by librarians:

  • Default set-up can be turned on with no library effort
  • Customizations are quick and easy - we do it for you
  • Tab names, order, and presence are controlled by the library
  • SaaS technology requires no software installation, updates, or maintenance
  • Changing the user interface is quick and easy - so a library can experiment with usability