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					A guide to the basic features of the search interface of Ontario
         Scholars Portal at the University of Ottawa

Prepared by:

Ann Romeril
Library Bibliographic Training Coordinator
Morisset Library
Email: aromeril@uottawa.ca
Tel: (613) 562-5800 ext. 3656

                                                Ontario Scholars Portal
Table of Contents
•   What is Ontario Scholars Portal
•   Access to Ontario Scholars Portal
•   Registration and Login
•   Browsing the Journal Collections
•   Search functions
•   Specific Features
•   Saving/printing/exporting Options
•   Your Personal Settings
•   Online Help


                                Ontario Scholars Portal
          What is Ontario Scholars Portal?

Ontario Scholars Portal provides seamless access to
approximately 5,452, 194 articles from 4,091 full text
journals acquired by national and provincial consortia
of which the University of Ottawa is a member
Ontario Scholars Portal features:
            • Searching full-text articles
            • Tracking citation via automatic updates
            • Browsing tables of contents
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           Access to Ontario Scholars Portal?

Ontario Scholars Portal is available to faculty and
students at the University of Ottawa.
You can access Ontario Scholars Portal:
  • Directly at http://scholarsportal.info
  • Through the University of Ottawa web site at
    http://www.biblio.uottawa.ca (through the
    electronic journals page)

                                           Ontario Scholars Portal
 Registration and Login
To take advantage of all the features of Ontario
Scholars Portal, you need to register and obtain a
username and password:




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           Browsing the Tables of Contents
            From the “Browse/Quick Search” menu option
            you can access the tables of contents of the
            journals:


You can browse by
journal title
or
You can browse by
publisher



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Browsing the Tables of Contents
Once you have selected a journal from the list, you
can browse the tables of contents for the available
issues and view the articles that are of interest to you




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            Browsing by Subject


You can browse
Elsevier journals
by subject area.
This feature is not
yet available for
journals from the
other publishers


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             Search Functions: Search Modes
             There are three search modes in Ontario Scholars
             Portal: Simple, Advanced and Expert


The simple search
screen allows you to
enter search terms and
select a field




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            Search Functions: Search Modes
                              In the advanced search mode
                              you can apply various limits to
                              your search such as journal
                              name, language or date of
                              publication.




The advanced search screen
allows you to combine terms
with a logical operator.

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            Search Functions: Expert Mode
                                  The limit categories of the
                                  advanced screen are also available
                                  in expert mode. The expert search
                                  screen allows the users to
                                  customize their search strategies.



In the expert mode you can
enter complex search
strategies, with multiple terms
and logical operators.

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            Search Functions: Logical Operators

AND All terms entered must occur in the references retrieved: coral AND
Australia.
OR Retrieves any of the terms in the search statement: coral OR reef OR
barrier.
NOT Excludes the terms following it: coral NOT reef.
ADJ The term that follows it appears immediately after the word preceding it:
coral ADJ reef.
NEAR This proximity operator determines the maximum number of words that
separates the words in the search statement: coral NEAR5 reef. The default
value for the near term proximity search is 10.

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          Search Functions: Logical Operators


The asterix character (*) at the end of a term becomes a wild
card: micro* will match microscope, microscopic, micron,
microcomputer etc.

The quotation marks (“”) around a term indicate a phrase
search. The software is going to look for an exact match to the
query: “coral reef degradation”




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          Search Functions: Tips to Remember

• Combining your terms with logical operators is the most
  efficient way to build precise search strategies.
• In Ontario Scholars Portals EXPERT search mode logical
  operators require capitalization. Capitalization is ignored for
  all other search terms.
• You can use operators on any of the search screens.
• In a full-text environment, proximity operators such as ADJ or
  NEAR are very useful to retrieve relevant articles.



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Specific Features: Current
Awareness


                  When you save a
                  search, Ontario
                  Scholars Portal uses it
                  to create an alert. Your
                  successful strategies
                  can be stored and run
                  when you need to find
                  new material on a topic
                  of interest.

                         Ontario Scholars Portal
               Specific Features: Current
               Awareness




You customize the details of your Alerts, from their frequency to the
search strategies.

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           Specific Features: Saving Articles

You can save search strategies but you can also save and keep
specific articles. You can view your articles by clicking on “My
Articles” from the menu bar. You can remove articles from your
list at any time.




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Specific Features: Citation Alerts


                 You can create a citation
                 alert for a specific article
                 and Ontario Scholars Portal
                 will alert you by email
                 when this article is cited.
                 Just click on the
                 bibliographic view page
                 and select “Save as Citation
                 Alert”.

                          Ontario Scholars Portal
Specific Features: Citation Alerts


                Your citation alerts will be
                stored with your search
                alerts. You can view them
                by selecting “Alerts” from
                the option menu. You can
                delete a citation alert at
                any time.



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           Saving/printing/exporting Options

To print, save or export your article you need to select a view:
bibliographic page or full text PDF




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Saving/printing/exporting Options
               •From the bibliographic page
               you can choose to save the
               citation through your browser
               “File/Save” option.
               •You can view the full text and
               print or save to disk.
               •you can export the reference
               into a citation managing
               software such as Reference
               Manager.

                           Ontario Scholars Portal
        Your Personal Settings


You can access and edit your preferences by
clicking on “Settings from the menu bar.




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Your Personal Settings


                  •You can edit your
                  user information
                  •You can set your
                  default search screen
                  •You can set the
                  parameters of your
                  Alert searches and
                  deliveries

                      Ontario Scholars Portal
Online Help

              Detailed help
              screens are available
              by clicking on
              “Help” from the
              menu bar




                Ontario Scholars Portal
Online Help




You can also print the help files in PDF format
for more convenience.



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          Questions and Comments about
          Ontario Scholars Portal

If you have questions or comments about
Ontario Scholars Portal, please send an
email to:
University of Ottawa|
Library Network at:
Support@lib.uottawa.ca



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