Learn how to target your search using Source Selection! In this article, we cover what a source selection is and how you can use it to improve the relevance of your searches.

What is the Source Selection:

The Source Selection is a filter that allows you to target your search by either broadening or narrowing the scope of sources and publications you're searching through. We give you a set of preconfigured Quick-Pick Sources that are tailored to specific markets (i.e. US accounts are presented with a different set of quick-picks than Australian accounts). You can also customize your source selection to meet your needs and save it to apply it to other searches.

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  • Select Search from the lefthand side navigation bar

  • Open your existing search folder or create a new search via the search bar

  • Above the search terms, select the source selection drop-down list in the top right. This will be displaying the current source selection which is likely a country name or 'All Sources'.

  • Choose the Quick Pick source selection of your choice. Alternatively, select "Create New" to customize your source filters. Please see the steps on how to 'build a custom source selection' in the next segment.

  • Select 'Update Search Results' to see the results from your new source selection


How to Build a Custom Source Selection

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  • Go to Search

  • Open an existing search folder or create a new one.

  • Select the drop-down window that is defaulted to All Sources in the upper right-hand corner

  • Click on Create New to the right of Custom Selections

When you build a custom source selection, you will have different options to select from. Below is a list of all options with a brief description of them:

  • Source Type- Select from all sources, editorial content, premium content, us premium package, subscription content, editorial blogs, PDF formatted content, or our RFP database

  • Location-Search from all locations, by continent or by specific countries. Within some countries you can then select from sources coming from specific regions, states, cities, etc.

  • Language- Search by all languages, or set a specific language filter if you just want to see articles written in a specific language.

  • Reach Percentile-Search publications based on their reach numbers. Read this article here to learn more about reach.

  • Specific Source- Select this option when you want to limit your search specific publication(s).

  • RSS Feed-Build searches coming from a specific RSS Feed

  • Added Content


Edit an existing Source Selection

  1. Go to search

  2. Select the search you would like to edit

  3. Click on the pencil icon next to the custom selection to modify it.


Target your Source Selection in EXPLORE

Explore enables you to search across all the mediums within your account at once and save custom selected filters to be used for multiple searches.

  • Go to Explore

  • Open an existing search folder or create a new one

  • Within the Filters bar options, you can either use:

Quick Picks - These are pre-defined source selections specific to your region available under the first dropdown list 'Filter Set'.

Source Type - Here you can select the source types to be included

  • Use the tick boxes to select the mediums to be refined to. If you'd like to further refine the publications within News, please select the next icon and enter the publications name.

  • Select Apply Filters to update the search

  • To save this filter to be used again, select the Ellipsis next to Apply Filters

  • Select Save filter set and enter a name for the custom selected filter

  • Select Save

Search across a Single Publication

Search folders can also be refined to a single publication via Boolean search logic.

For example: To search for articles across the UK publication The Guardian, we can use a boolean operator, URL:, followed by the URL address of the publication within a set of quotation marks. Please also add a * symbol at the end, as this is a wildcard which will bring in all possible endings on the URL address of the articles from this publication.



To then search for articles which are about 'Universities' or 'Higher Education' published by The Guardian, please continue to use Boolean search logic operators.


URL:"https://www.theguardian.com/*" AND ( Universities or "Higher Education" )

Can't find the publication?

Not to worry, our team is online ready to help. Please reach out to us via Live Chat from the HELP button in the top right of the platform and ask our team to look into our monitoring of the publication further.

If it isn't a publication that is currently within the sourcebase, our team can be of assistance with adding it for the future.

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Thank you for reading. If you have any further questions, feel free to reach out to us via Live Chat!

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