An Overview of My Research on ProQuest Dialog.

My Research on ProQuest Dialog (Pre-Recorded Module)

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My Research on ProQuest Dialog

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Among the many advantages of the new ProQuest Dialog™ platform are the multi-faceted features of My Research. Here, you can organize and save your work in your own personal space. You can create folders in which to store your documents and share lists with colleagues.

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Login with your ProQuest Dialog Username and password. Your initial login will take you to our opening screen.

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To enter My Research, click on My Research at the top of the screen. My Research lets you:

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My Research is your own personal workspace where you can save, store and organize your retrieval, create folders, annotate records and share results with others.

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This is the My Research screen. Notice the tabs across the top. Here you can view documents you have stored, check search strategies, Alerts and RSS feeds you have created, as well as tags — your own indexed terms you have added to records and your shared lists.

In Shared Lists You can create a public profile and review and modify your shared lists of documents that you are sharing with other users in the ProQuest community.

Widgets provides a ProQuest search box you can add to your Web page

The account tab contains your ProQuest Dialog profile.

Import to My Research is a temporary tab that streamlines the transition from DataStar and Dialog, helping you to import saved searches and StarSearches into ProQuest Dialog.

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When you are working with documents: why use My Research?

Let's start by looking at selecting items.

Following a search you can select records to keep for the session by checking the check boxes to the left of records you wish to select. ProQuest Dialog holds the records you have selected for the duration of the session, and you can view these records together at any time by clicking Selected items.

When you click Selected items, ProQuest Dialog presents you with the option to choose how much of the records you wish to view, from just the title and basic bibliographic data, to the full records.

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Now in the Selected items screen, you can view the records you chose and make decisions about which ones you wish to store permanently in My Research. When you have made your choices, click Save to My Research. You must store the records in a folder. You can store them in the default "All Documents" folder for now or you can create a folder by using the drop-down menu and choosing Create a new folder. Click Save.

ProQuest Dialog lets you know the records you chose to save to My Research are now Saved there.

Let's go to My Research.

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In My Research you can see the documents you've added, and you can perform such actions as adding records to folders, annotating individual records, sharing records, emailing them to colleagues, printing them out, getting citations, exporting references and saving them as files.

You want to store these records to folders. In the right panel under Folders you're going to click New folder.

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A dialog box opens. You will give the new folder a name and specify where you want to store it in My Research. Click Create folder.

ProQuest Dialog lets you know you have successfully created the folder.

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From the View panel on the right you can click on All Documents and Documents not in a folder. To reach the newly created folder, use the drop-down menu at Current folder or press Manage folders.

Notice the Add notes icon on every record. More about adding notes later.

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You can add selected records to your newly created folder. For example, "Select items 1-20," and click Add to folder; choose your new folder's name from the drop-down menu and click Save.

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Find the folder name in the Current folder drop-down menu. Now you can add some notes to your records. Click Add notes in the first record.

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Enter some annotation and click Save.

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The notes appear, and you can edit them later if you wish.

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The records in your newly-created folder are sorted by date added to the folder. You can sort by publication year in ascending or descending order. Use the drop-down menu under Sort Results By and click Sort (not shown).

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The Searches tab shows how many saved searches you have. Currently there are none. Recent searches on the right panel indicates you have run three searches during this online session. Click the Recent searches link to review your search history. You want to run a new search combining the concepts in search sets 2, 3 and 4. Click Search.

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My Research lets you manage saved searches and alerts.

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Having combined the concepts from search steps, you can check results and decide if the strategy works for you to store permanently for ongoing research. You can execute saved searches from time to time as your research needs require. Perhaps you want to run a search monthly to check new data. To save a search strategy press Save search.

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Choose whether you wish to save the search strategy as one entity or as a series of search sets.

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Name the Saved Search and choose the sets you wish to keep.

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ProQuest Dialog lets you know you have successfully saved your search.

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Your search is stored on the Searches tab. You can show or hide your search sets, edit its name and add notes.

When you want to execute a Saved search, simply go to My Research, click on Searches. Press the hyperlinked search strategy. Date-range limit options appear that you can use to execute the strategy as an update to previous findings.

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Use the Alerts tab to manage your Alerts. If you need to edit your own email address, edit it on your account on the Account tab.

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Manage your RSS feeds in the RSS feeds tab.

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My Research gives you the power to share documents with others.

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In My Research you can share records by creating shared lists. You can share findings with colleagues. To share lists you must create a public profile.

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Click Create your public profile. Fill in your name and check the three Privacy policy boxes. Then click Create Profile. ProQuest Dialog confirms that you have created a public profile.

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Now start a new list.

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Enter a title, subtitle and description and click Save.

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ProQuest Dialog confirms that you have shared your list.

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Your Shared lists appear on your Public Profile.

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You can also add searchable tags to records. Click on a title to show the full record. Scroll down and click Add tags. Enter your own identifier terms, separated by commas and click Add.

In My Research, click on the Tags folder. Here you can click on Share if you wish to share a tag. ProQuest Dialog advises that the tag is now shared. You will always have the option to turn sharing a tag off by clicking Do not share.

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To view your tags, go to your Public Profile.

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Another easy way to share intelligence gathered in a search is to click on icons to send records to colleagues, create citations and to export your records to RefWorks or another bibliographic management tool.

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You can email citations to colleagues by clicking on the orange envelope icon for email. Enter the requested information and add a message. Specify how much of the records you wish to include. You can choose a citation style and specify the email format, such as HTML or text only. Click the Send email button.

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By clicking the Cite icon, you can get a citation and likewise choose the style.

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You can also export citations directly to your RefWorks account or to another bibliographic management tool. Press Continue.

If you have a RefWorks account you can synchronize it with My Research. Click Learn more to find out how.

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ProQuest Dialog takes you to the RefWorks login screen where you can enter your RefWorks Log-in Name and Password.

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There is no end to the things you can do in My Research.

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You can create a search widget to reside on your desktop. Follow the instructions on the page.

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Finally, you can manage your account information from the Account tab. Use this page to change preferences, to customize search options, to change your password, to edit your email address and to modify your Public Profile.

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