Saving and locating results

A list of references recalled by a query is easily printed, saved or emailed in all databases. You can choose the whole list or just the ones you like.

How this is done, varies from interface to another. This is an example from Web of Science database:

Several actions can be executed for the results lists. Quite often these actions are under small icons, so it is useful if you have an overview of common possibilities, like printing, mailing, saving or exporting the records.

The result list might offer several tools for sorting, limiting and analyzing the results. A tip: many databases sort the result by the publication date by default. Try relevance to get the best matches for the query first.

Getting the full texts

While saving, only the references are saved, not the full texts. To save a full text, you must open the article and save the PDF. To open a article, use the Full text/PDF -link or locate the article with SFX-service:

UEF Finna, reference databases and Google Scholar use SFX link resolver that show you what volumes and issues have been acquired to be available online in the university. Moreover, there is a possibility to check the library collection for the printed version.

Notice that not all articles are automatical to access for our university.

If the SFX doesn’t find the article for you, it’s always possible to try your luck with Google. It might find the article from an open online repository, a profile site or an open access publication.

The open access publishing policy enables free of charge availability of scientific publications (articles) for anyone who wishes to read them. This increases the usage and the impact of the scientific research. Unpaywall is one handy web browser add-on created to locate the legal open access articles automatically.

The National Repository Library (Varastokirjasto) stores printed materials – books and journals – removed from active collections of Finnish libraries. This material can easily be ordered via UEF-Finna: books for loan and articles as copies. The service is quick and low-cost.

If you don’t find the article from the Internet or as a printed version from the library, you can order the article – or a book – from the Interlibrary service. See more information from the library homepage.

Search history

Whenever you make a query, the results of your search will display in the Search History (alternative name Recent searches). Through the search history, you can edit and rerun queries and create email alerts of new publications.

This is an example from Scopus database:

Search history tools are handy. The action icons are (from left to right): Setting a RSS-feed, Setting a search alarm, Saving the search and its’ results, Editing the query, Deleting the search and its’ results.

Watch videos for more information:

Scopus: Reviewing search results (IE, Safari or Chrome browsers only)
Web of Science: Saving Your Search & Setting Alerts
Pubmed: Save a Search and Create an E-mail Alert
Ebscohost: Using the result list
ProQuest: Search results

NB: The Help section of each database provides a comprehensive assistance for using databases and their tools by videos and/or by texts.

 

Adding references to a reference manager –program is easy in most databases. See more from Module 3 Reference management.

(8/2018 LP)