Searching and Browsing

If you stop and think about it, shopping is a search for information about a product that ends with a decision to purchase the product. Customers often have numerous questions, and until those questions are answered, there is no sale. Have you ever passed up a purchase because you couldn't get an answer? Cokesbury.com strives to answer each question you may have.

Method #1 - You Search

If you have an idea of what you are looking for, such as a title, author, or an item number, this is the quickest way to shop. You'll find the "Search" options just below the taskbar of each page. Cokesbury.com utilizes the Google Search Appliance as our search engine. The GSA indexes not only our product database but also any related informational pages available about a product, service, or store location. When you search on a word or phrase using the All/Keyword option, you will see two types of search results returned. First, we display any related products that matched your search inquiry, 2nd are the related information pages associated with your query. Search results also include the links to some of the product section location on Cokesbury.com that contains items that matched your search.

The SEARCH section allows you to search for products using the following criteria: All/Keywords, Title, Author, or ISBN/Item Number

  • All/Keywords Is the broadest search & it will search by title, author, item number, and product description keywords all at once with a single search. This will return the most matches. The search results are listed according to a relevance match determined by the Google search engine. The best matches are listed first.
  • Title The title search will just use the words you enter into the search box to find matches in the title table only. The search results are listed according to a relevance match determined by the Google search engine. The best matches are listed first.
  • Author The author search will just use the words you enter into the search box to find matches in the Author table only. The search results are listed according to a relevance match determined by the Google search engine. The best matches are listed first.
  • ISBN/Item Number This search looks for an exact match for the product number entered in the search box. The item number can be an ISBN-13 number, a UPC number, or a Cokesbury catalog number.

Search results re-sorting

Cokesbury.com provides you with the ability to re-sort your search query results listing by: Default/Relevance, Publisher, Publication Date, and Price (low-to-high or high-to-low). To use the re-sort feature, look for the “Sort by” drop-down menu next to the Search results listing at the top or bottom of the page. To reset your search results listing back to its original sortation, choose the Default/Relevance option from the drop-down menu. When searching, try short phrases or single words first! Computers are very literal! They look for EXACTLY what is typed in, including spaces, commas, etc. You'll have a better chance of finding what you are looking for by entering fewer words rather than trying to be precise and entering too many words.

Method #2 - You Browse

If you would rather look through the store by subject matter and topics, much like a "real" store, then browsing is for you rather than the more specific search methods above. We have hundreds of subject categories, so you can probably find the topic that you seek.

You can browse departments by clicking on the department tab and then a sub-category tab. Take the Bookstore for example. Click on the Bookstore tab and in the same color bar, you will see subcategories. Click on the sub-category of Books. You will see numerous themes listed. Clicking on one of these themes will offer you additional choices to further narrow your search. As you “drill-down” into the categories, additional information may be displayed in the blue bar on the left. You can also go back to the category or sub-category by clicking on the “bread crumbs” shown in the upper right corner of the product listing. An example would be Bookstore>Books>Homiletics & Preaching>Preaching>Preaching

You may also browse the entire store using the convenient site map also located at the bottom of each page. By using the site map you will be able to see the Departments and their subcategories all at once. Clicking on a listing will take you to that page of the webstore.

Other Tools

  • Top Picks Located on the Home Page. In Top Picks you will find newly released or soon to be released titles that our professional staff recommends as well as timeless favorites.
  • Seasonal Selections
  • Top Sellers Located on the Homepage. Seasonal Selections offers recommendations of products and titles for the current calendar/season/holiday. All recommendations are decided by product merit and we do not accept any compensation/influence from publishers or manufacturers to include their products on the recommended lists.
  • New Arrivals Most product areas will have a New Arrivals button available for you use. The products listed represent the newest products just received over the last 45 days for that product department. All new arrivals are in stock.
  • Customers Who Purchased X also Purchased Y Located on individual product pages, this area displays other products customers purchased along with the item on the product page.
  • Products You May be Interested In Located on individual product pages, this area displays other products that are related/similar to the item on the individual product page.


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