My Research is a tool that you can use to organise content you find in ProQuest databases. You can
- Save documents,
- Save searches,
- Create search alerts,
- Create RSS ((RSS is a way of keeping informed about new website content) feeds
- Create folders to organise saved documents
- Adjust and customise settings and preferences
It's fairly straightforward to set up a My Research account. All you need is an email address and a password.
Creating a My Research Account
Click on the profile icon on the top right of the screen and select the Create My Account link
To create an account, just fill in the required fields: email address, password, and confirm password.
You also need to
If you don't tick the boxes, you can't create a My Research Account
Don't bother linking to a RefWorks account (unless you have one, obviously). RefWorks is reference management software like Zotero or Mendeley, but unlike those, RefWorks isn't free.
After you click Create Account, you'll need to verify your email address. Click the link in the email that is sent to you and that's you up and running.
When you create your account, you'll see a screen like this
There are different tabs for documents, saved searches, and the other features available.
The documents tab is the one you see when you login. It will be empty the first time you login as you won't have saved any documents yet. This folder is where you save documents to when you select them in the search results page. You might want to save documents to keep track of useful articles that you find when doing research for assignments or projects
You can save searches and rerun them at your leisure. Handy if your search is a little complicated or gives lots of good results that you can't process at the time.
You get some details about each saved search and the options to edit the search, create alerts or get a permanent link to the search. Another neat feature is the ability to combine your saved searches and run them as a new search. Hence in the above images, you could type '1 and 2 'in the 'Combine Searches' box to search for "sleep disorders" and "healthy eating". Typing '1 and 2' is easier than typing '"sleep disorders" and "healthy eating"'!
You can create email or RSS alerts to get notification of new items that match your searches.
To create an email alert, click on the 'Create alert' link. This opens a four with four steps
- Name the alert, to easily distinguish it from other alerts
- The email is sent to your My Research email address. Enter a subject, message text and additional email addresses.
- Decide whether you want your search detail to appear in the email, whether you want your search terms highlighted and whether you want "new" (publication date after you create the alert) only or to include items new to Education Database but the publication date is before the day you created the alert.
- Schedule your alert - daily, weekly, monthly or quarterly and for how long to run the alert. You can also choose to have the alert sent even if there are no new items matching your search
RSS is a way of keeping informed about new website content, An RSS feed is just like an email alert, however, an RSS feed gives you more flexibility of access. Instead of only being delivered by email, you can integrate your RSS feed into an RSS reader or into a web page. To set up an RSS alert, click on 'Create RSS alert' and then
- Name the feed
- Decide whether you want your search detail to appear in the feed and whether you want "new" (publication date after you create the feed) only or to include items new to Education Database but the publication date is before the day you created the feed
Your RSS feed in your reader or web page will automatically notify you when new documents are available