Sujet: Web Research Guide part 7: Keep track of your research using search history functions
De: "Elsevier, Sandra de Gelder"
Date: Wed, 11 Jun 2003 18:20:09 +0200 (CEST)

Web Research Guide part 7: Keep track of your research using search history functions

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ScienceDirect history Backflip bookmarks
Explorer history AutoComplete function
Scirus Save Results Usenet history

Dear MR chapuis,
You can save time with your online research by storing search results for future reference and by developing strategies for re-locating online information you have found before.

Tip of the week: Use ScienceDirect to manage your search history

ScienceDirect has a range of search history functions allowing you to save, recall and combine your search requests. Once enabled, Search History appears below your search form.

To enable Search History, select the 'Turn On' link, which appears below the search form. With Search History enabled, each search request and its results are added to the Search History table, enabling you to:

Save History As Use this feature to save your current search history.
Recall History Use this feature to select a previously saved search
Print your search history Use the 'printable history' feature to display your current search history in a secondary window for printing purposes.
Combine Searches When you have more than one search request in your
search history table, you can combine specific search
requests. This is an efficient way to further your research
and uncover new results relevant to your subject.

Click here to view additional information about these ScienceDirect features.

To download a pdf containing information about the SD history features,
click here.

Tip: Use the 'History' function in Internet Explorer

Internet Explorer keeps a record of web pages (known as cached pages), which you have viewed recently. You can use the Internet Explorer History 'Search' to run a search within your cached pages for a particular web address you've visited or for words on web pages that are cached on your PC.

Select the 'Search' link in the Internet Explorer History bar, and type in the web address or the particular word(s) you are looking for.
All relevant cached pages will be listed, and you can select a link to view the relevant cached page.

 Click here to view information (from Net Magazine) how to use the Explorer History Bar.

Advanced tip:

Scirusí Save Results option allows you to save results from the Web

When you are viewing a list of result for a particular search on Scirus, you can save search results for future reference by clicking on the box next to each result you want to keep. Once you have selected all the results to save, click on 'Save Selected Results'.

To save the results of a search for conferences in your subject area, select the relevant subject from the menu below, and then use the steps above to save the results you want to keep.

Use Scirus to find conferences and explore the save features:

Useful resources

Store and retrieve bookmarked pages online

If you work from different computers (at home, at the library, at your institute)
it is useful to store your bookmarked pages online, so you can reference them from any computer with an Internet connection.

Backflip is a free service enabling you to store and organize personal bookmarks online. Once you've set up your Backflip account, you can easily save relevant web pages to an online organiser as you discover them.
Moreover, you can also share these folders with your colleagues, making it easy to share and discuss common research subjects.

For more information about Backflip see:

For more information about using online bookmarks, see also part six of the Web Research Guide:

You can also use Internet Explorer to send the web page you are currently viewing to a colleague. Select 'File' and then choose the 'Send to' option. Select the 'Page by E-mail' option, fill in the details for the new E-mail and send to the relevant E-mail addresses. If youíre not sure how long a particular web page will remain online, you can send it to your own E-Mail address so you have a stored copy in your mailbox.

Note: this feature only works if your e-mail client supports HTML. For instance, in Outlook you should change the settings of the mail format to HTML.
(See in Outlook: tool > options > mail format > send in mail format and then choose HTML)

Advanced tip:

Set up the 'AutoComplete' function in Internet Explorer

With Internet Explorerís AutoComplete function, the browser automatically stores search terms you used in search forms online. This allows you to view an alphabetical list of your previous searches and re-run a search you have recently performed. To modify your settings for the AutoComplete feature, follow these steps in Internet Explorer:

  • From the Tools menu, select 'Internet Options'
  • Select the 'Content tab'
  • Select 'AutoComplete'
  • Select the appropriate AutoComplete tick-boxes
  • When your selection is complete click 'OK'

Once youíve enabled AutoComplete in Internet Explorer, go to:

Click in the search text field, and press on the arrow down button. You will see a complete list of your previous Scirus searches listed in alphabetical order.

Useful resources

Find the first online reference to key events and discoveries

Google has integrated the past 20 years of Usenet archives into Google Groups, which now offers access to more than 700 million messages dating back to 1981. These archives preserve many of the first online comments related to scientifically significant events and discoveries, such as:

Next week: Learn how to maximise your online research by making the most of the links and navigation tools available…

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About the Web Research Guide
The guide consists of ten weekly emails focused on specific areas of web research. Each email is illustrated with subject-specific examples so that you can start using the research tips immediately. The tips cover a broad range of topics, from finding hidden information online, to locating expert directories and setting up subject-specific alerts of the latest news. The Web Research guide includes contributions from research scientists, information professionals and search engine specialists.

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