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The topmost search is global search.

In the image provided on top, I would like to know what is the second type of search called? Is it called secondary or in page search? Does it have any technical word?

What will I call this one (image placed below for reference)? In this case, I've two search bar.

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I usually refer to this as a contextual search, simply because that part of the page generally contains the current context of the user (see figure below). Thus, the search should search through this context.

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Figure source: Information Architecture for the World Wide Web: Designing Large-Scale Web Sites, 3rd Edition, a pretty solid reference on Information Architecture.

  • the image which you have added as a reference doesn't it represent an example for navigation? Correct me if i'm wrong – NB4 Feb 13 '18 at 10:19
  • Yeah, sorry - that was a bit unclear. I meant that a search placed within the contextual navigation (like your example), is probably best referred to as a contextual search opposed to the global search that is placed within the global navigation. There are, however, no reference to this in the book. It seems like advocate one search interface. – robin Feb 13 '18 at 11:34
  • Got your point. I've attached one more image for reference. Let me know your thoughts on this. – NB4 Feb 13 '18 at 12:36

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