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When you arrive at the Discovery "landing" page, a beginning list of data sets are provided for you. You may browse through the entire database by using the page navigation bars which appear at the top and the bottom of the list. Clicking on the Next link takes you to the next page of items in the list or you may navigate to a particular page in the list by clicking on one of the displayed page numbers. You can change the order in which the datasets are displayed in the list by selecting one of the sort order in the Order results by box and clicking on the Go button.

Usually you will need a more efficient method to discover datasets. Clicking on one or more of the filters which appear on the left side of page is one method for rapidly drilling down to a set of relevant datasets. Clicking, for example, "ISIC 0111: Growing of cereals (except rice), leguminous crops and oil seeds" in the Product category will return a list of only those datasets pertaining to growing of cereals (except rice), leguminous crops and oil seed. You can select additional filters such as crop, location and a year to quickly narrow your search.

You may enter your own terms in the term input box at the top of the data list. A list of datasets containing one or more of your terms will be returned after you click the Go button. We strongly recommend that you always use the "Relevance" results order when searching on terms as your goal is to retrieve the most relevant datasets on the first one or two pages of your results list. See AlsoHelp with Searching.

If you have specific criteria, such as location and year, in mind for a dataset then you will want to include terms descriptive of those criteria. For example, entering "corn grain north dakota 1996" should guarantee that the correct dataset will be at the top of your results list. If you don't see relevant datasets on the first one or two pages of your results list then you may wish to refine your search by adding additional terms or changing the terms on which you have been searching.

You may view a dataset's details by clicking its title in the data list. Clicking on the tabs at the top of the detail display will allow you see the data under each category which are based on openLCA schema. .