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Easy Search

Enter your search term (s) in the box to conduct a search on the full bibliographic record (which is all available indexed fields.) This does not search the full text.  To search for a phrase, enter it in double-quotes.  Boolean operators can also be used within the query box for broadening or narrowing search terms.  For more details on structuring a search, see the "Additional Tips" section.  You can select a field and order in which to sort the results by clicking on sort by drop box and clicking on a field.  Then choose the order of ascending or descending.  The default is set to publication date in descending order.  Other options for sorting are relevance, system entry date, resource/document type, title, research organization, sponsoring organization, and OSTI identifier.  Click on the "Search" button to start the search.  Note that with the large number of records in ETDEWEB, it is strongly recommended that you enter very specific search terms for the most targeted and fastest results possible.

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Advanced Search

Sorting

Your search results will be sorted in ascending or descending order based on your "Sort By" selection. The default is Publication Date in descending order.  Other options for sorting are relevance, system entry date, resource/document type, title, research organization, sponsoring organization, and OSTI identifier.  Searching by relevance normally gives faster results, but may rank older records higher than newer records.

Term Searches

Enter your search criteria into as few or as many fields as desired. To search for a phrase, enter it in double-quotes.  Click on the "Search" button to start the search.  Multiple words entered as search terms must all appear in the record/full text in order to be returned in the search results, or, in other words, an implicit AND is added between each term.  Also, if search terms are entered for more than one field on the "advanced search" page, these search criteria are also connected with an implicit AND.  For example, a search of "bibliographic data" containing IEA and "title" containing hydro will find records where both hydro is somewhere in the title and IEA is somewhere in the bibliographic record.  For more details on structuring a search, see the "Additional Tips" section.  Field choices are:

  1. All Fields, which searches all the fields in the bibliographic citation (does not include full-text pages)
  2. Bibliographic Data, which searches all the fields in the bibliographic citation
  3. Full Text, which searches indexed full text
  4. Creator/Author
  5. Title
  6. Abstract
  7. Subject
  8. Identifier numbers, which searches all the number fields, including the identifier, the report number(s), the contract number, and other numbers
  9. Research Organization
  10. Sponsoring Organization

Author Select

While you can always enter an author name in the search box, another feature allows you to choose a specific author's full name and its variations.  The author select tool assists in identifying variation(s) of an author's name and identifying multiple authors.  Selected author(s) are 'submitted' to the Advanced Search.  To use this tool, click on the "Select" button next to the "creator/author" field from "advanced search".  

In the first column called "author select", type in a name, or the first few letters of a name, in the last name and/or first name search boxes.  Then, select "Go".  An attempt will be made to match authors that most closely relate to the text you typed.

In the second column called "authors", a list of matches appears.  Click on the "add all" and/or "add" button(s) beside the name(s) you wish to include in your search.  Your selections will appear in the third column called "selection list".  

From the "selection list" column, you can remove items from the selection by clicking on the "remove" button beside the items you wish to remove.  You can clear your entire list by clicking on "clear your list!" link.

To search for the authors in your list, click on the "submit" button.  Selected authors appear on the "advanced search" in the "creator/author" search box with an "or" operator.  You can edit the field if necessary.  Click on "search" to submit the search.

Note that sometimes no records will be retrieved when using the author select tool.  This occurs because the author select tool operates from an index of all authors in the site's database, some of which are not available through ETDEWEB.

Limit To

You may limit your search results by entering "publication year(s)" and/or by selecting a pre-defined "resource/document type", "publication country", and/or "language" from the Drop-down menus.  "All" is the default for each of the limit-to drop-down menus.  "Resource/document types" available in the system for limiting searches are all, book, conference, journal article, miscellaneous, patent, patent application, software manual, technical report, or thesis/dissertation.

Date Searches

Date searches can be done using the "publication year". A numeric four-digit year should be entered in the "from" and "to" year boxes. To search for one specific year, enter the same date in the "from" and "to" date boxes.

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Search Results

View Results

Search results from the main ETDEWEB search are displayed automatically once the search is complete. This main search queries the ETDE database residing on the ETDE website.

Users in Easy Search mode will also see boxes at the top right corner of the results display called "More Journal Articles" and "More Patents, EU and IEA Resources." This new feature enhances the contents of the ETDEWEB database by searching for additional titles of interest from selected science-focused public web resources. Because these resources are on external sites, the search takes longer. Upon completion, users can select "Click to View" to see this set of results. Users can view ETDEWEB citations while waiting for the journal search to complete.

  • The default sort order for the ETDEWEB results is by publication date.
  • The title for each ETDEWEB result is linked to a bibliographic record created by ETDE.
  • The "More Journal Articles" and "More Patents, EU and IEA Resources" results are sorted based on a relevancy-ranking algorithm; therefore, users may see older records listed higher in the results set.
  • The title for each result in the "More Journal Articles" and "More Patents, EU and IEA Resources" set is linked to the bibliographic information at the external source of that article.

Users can select "Return to ETDEWEB-only results" at the top center of the "More Journal Articles" and "More Patents, EU and IEA Resources" results page to return to the main set of ETDEWEB results. The ‘Back’ browser function should not be used for navigation between results, but may be utilized to return to ETDEWEB after visiting an external link.

Navigation tips and tools for viewing the ETDEWEB search results:

  • The "Search Results" page provides you with information about your search, including your search strategy, your sort choice, approximate number of results, and the number of results pages.
  • From your "Search Results" page you can:
    1. Re-sort the search results by clicking on the desired field name in the header above the results listing.
    2. Show an additional field in the results listing by choosing the desired field in the "show" drop-down box on clicking on the "go" button.
    3. Refine your search by clicking the "refine search" button which takes you to the "advanced search" screen reflecting your current search criteria in which you can modify and re-submit the search.
    4. Select a "printer-friendly version" of the Search Results page to print.
    5. Navigate from your current Search Results page to other Search Results pages using the "previous", "next", and "go to page" options.
    6. Select results of interest by checking the box in front of each result and clicking on "Show only (√) Items". For additional information on this feature see "download or view multiple citations".
    7. Show exact number of results by choosing this link.
  • The default number of results per page is 25.
  • Each title displayed is hyperlinked to the full bibliographic citation.
  • If electronic full text or a link to the full text through a DOI or a link in the availability field or other means is available, a full text icon will display under the "size" column to the right of the check box for each record. Clicking on this link will lead you to the full text of the record.
  • Each author is hyperlinked so that, when selected, a search is conducted for the selected author. The author search is the same as if you had conducted a phrase search on "creator/author" from the "advanced search" screen. For example, if you select the "Smith, John" hyperlink, it will provide you with the same search results as when you conduct an "advanced search" on "creator/author" for "Smith, John".
  • Search terms are highlighted.
  • A spelling tool will sometimes provide alternative search terms of more frequent spellings for search terms presented as "Did you mean:..." with the alternative term which can be clicked on to see those search results.

Download or View Individual Citations

Bibliographic citations for the main ETDEWEB search results are available in a standardized format via the "title" hyperlink on the "search results" pages. For the "More Journal Articles" search results, the "title" hyperlink leads to bibliographic citations or other information residing on an external resource. Due to the variation in formats among resources, the ETDEWEB tools for citation management were not always available.

Navigation tips and tools for downloading or viewing citations for the ETDEWEB set of search results:

  • A "printer-friendly version" of the bibliographic citation can be accessed by clicking on the link provided at the top or bottom of the bibliographic citations page.
  • The bibliographic citation can be downloaded in "Endnote Library", "text", and/or "HTML" formats by clicking on the desired format link provided at the top or bottom of the bibliographic citations page and choosing "save" or "open". For addition information, see "download citations using EndNote".
  • You can "return to search results" page by choosing this link provided at the top or bottom of the bibliographic citations page.
  • You can "return to original search page" by choosing this link provided at the top or bottom of the bibliographic citations page.
  • If electronic full text or a link to the full text through a DOI or a link in the availability field or other means is available, an icon will be displayed at the top of the bibliographic citation. Clicking on this link will lead you to the full text of the record or where it can be obtained.
  • If electronic individual pages for the full text are available, these can be viewed and searched by clicking on the link "access individual pages" provided at the top of the bibliographic citation.
  • You may search for other items authored by a specific individual by selecting the specific name from the "creator/author" hyperlink.
  • To view the next record or previous record in your results, click on the appropriate link, "previous match" or "next match" at the top of the bibliographic citation.

Availability

When full text is available, a full-text indicator is provided.  The full text may be accessed via a link to the document and/or to the originating source and/or through a DOI.  In general, when full text is not available electronically, availability information may be found on the "bibliographic citation" page in the "availability", "publisher", "creator/author", "research organization", and/or "resource relation" fields. This information may be helpful in obtaining a copy of the full-text document. Additional information and a current list of document centers for full-text literature is made available by ETDE.

Download or View Multiple Citations

  • Items selected via the selectable check box will be retained during your browser session. These checked items will persist until you choose to clear all previously selected items. This will allow you to perform multiple searches using different criteria and have all selected items retained in a single list.
  • You may choose to clear all previously selected items by clicking on this link.
  • You may choose to remove single items from your list by deselecting the check box.
  • You may choose to view your list of selected results on the "search results" page by clicking on "show only (√) items".
  • You may choose to view the details of your list of selected results on the "summary of (√) items" page by clicking on "view (√) item details".
  • A "printer-friendly version" of all selected bibliographic citations can be accessed by clicking on the link provided at the top of the "view (√) item details" page.
  • All selected bibliographic citations can be downloaded in "Endnote Library", "text", and/or "HTML" formats by clicking on the desired format link provided at the top or bottom of the "summary of (√) items" or the "view (√) item details" pages.  Then choose "save" or "open".  For addition information, see "download citations using EndNote".

Download or View Full Text

  • To view full text, click on the associated icon or "view full text". (If it is the first time to view or save full text during a session, you will see an attribution page. If so, click on the full text icon or the "view" link.) The full text will appear within the browser if the full-text viewer has been loaded as a plug-in.
  • If it is the first time to view or save full text during a session and you wish to save a full text file, click on the full text icon or the "view full text" link. You will see an attribution page (only if it is the first time to view or save full text during a session). Click on the "download document" link or position the cursor over the icon and right click once with the mouse. Select "save link as..." or "save target as..." and enter the file name with the proper extension for the file type (for example, .pdf for PDF files). After the file has been saved, open it from within the appropriate viewer (i.e., Acrobat Reader, Microsoft Word).
  • If it is not the first time to view or save full text during a session and you wish to save a full text file, right click once with the mouse on the full text icon or left click once with the mouse on the "view full text" link. Select "save link as..." or "save target as..." and enter the file name with the proper extension for the file type (for example, .pdf for PDF files). After the file has been saved, open it from within the appropriate viewer (i.e., Acrobat Reader, Microsoft Word).
  • ETDEWEB supports download management capabilities with the byte range request enhancement implemented. Download manager software often improves the speed and reliability of downloads for the end user by offering scheduled downloads, "resume" support, and error recovery for downloads. See the "Other Recommendations" section of the ETDEWEB "Technical Requirements", for additional information and links to download management software.
  • Full text available is in a variety of formats, although efforts have been made to make most documents available as PDF.  As a result, you may be able to choose from format options when viewing/downloading.  Full text may be in PDF, Microsoft Word, WordPerfect, SGML, HTML, XML, TIFF Group 4, or Postscript.  Paper documents have been scanned and made available for viewing/downloading in PDF.  All full text that is in a non-PDF electronic format is made available for download in the original format and/or in PDF.
  • If the full text consists of more than one file, it is compressed (zipped) for downloading.  It will need to be uncompressed (unzipped) before it can be viewed.  
  • For information on obtaining viewers or unzip utilities for the various formats, see "other recommendations" in the "technical requirements" section of Help.  Format possibilities for full text are indicated by these icons:
    • PDF  PDF
    • Microsoft Word  Microsoft Word
    • WordPerfect  WordPerfect
    • HTML  HTML
    • Postscript  Postscript
    • ZIP  ZIP
    • TIFF  TIFF
    • SGML  SGML
    • XML  XML
    • Microsoft PowerPoint  Microsoft PowerPoint
    • Go  Default/Other

    LINK  LINK     This icon on the search results or bibliographic citation page means that a link has been provided by the input source or a link is provided to the DOI (digital object identifier).  It may be a direct link to the document, or it could be a link to a publication page, or to other information about how to get the full text.  The URL is also shown in the availability field and/or DOI field.

View or Search Individual Full Text Pages

  • If electronic individual pages are available, these can be viewed and searched by clicking on the link "access individual pages" provided at the top of the "bibliographic citation" page.  This feature can be particularly useful if you need to view a specific paper in a large proceeding.  You must have a PDF viewer installed as a plug-in to access individual pages.
  • You may select a specific page number to access from the "select from all page" drop down box.  Then click on the "go" button.
  • You may search the full text by entering a search term or phrase in double quotes in the "search the full text for" box.  Then click on the "search" button.  The search results appear in the second drop down box called the "select from search results".  By choosing one of these page numbers in the drop down box, you can then click go and go directly to that page that contains your search term or phrase.

Narrow Your Search By Adding

The "Narrow Your Search By Adding" option is a navigation tool that allows you to view defined subsets of the results set. At the left of the results page, under the "Narrow Your Search By Adding" column, the results have been grouped into clusters by frequency of the subject terms and descriptors assigned to the records from the ETDE Thesaurus. Simply click on any term to display the subset of results.

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Additional Tips

Case Sensitivity

Queries conducted in this system are case insensitive.  A term entered in either upper case, lower case, or mixed case will match terms that are in upper case, lower case, and/or mixed case.

Drop-down Pick Lists

To assist you in formulating queries, drop-down pick lists have been created for select fields.  Drop-down pick lists are lists of standardized values that are valid for a particular field.  You can select one value from the drop-down pick list.  To select one, click on the value you want included in the your query.  

Number Searching

For bibliographic citation fields, the best search results can be obtained by entering numbers without any punctuation or spaces.  Numbers are not specifically indexed/available for searches in the full text.  Although some numbers may be searchable if they are surrounded by delimiters such as parenthesis, full text searching for numbers is not recommended.

Wildcards

Using a wildcard allows you to search for terms with the same prefix or stem. 

  • The asterisk (*) is used as a single-character or multi-character wildcard for term expansion.
    1. The use of this wildcard will return results if no character, one character, or multiple characters are found in place of it.  For example, a search for compute* will return results that contain terms such as compute, computes, computer, and computers.
    2. Term expansion using the multi-character wildcard is limited, and will result in a search error if the term is too vague (an expansion error).  Vagueness depends on the density of the known portion of the word.  If a search results in an expansion error, more characters will be required in order to more uniquely identify the desired terms.  For example, a search on c* will likely result in a term expansion error.
    3. An asterisk may be used inside a string of characters.  For example, a search for h*genous will return results that contain terms such as homogenous and heterogenous.
    4. Asterisks may not be used as the beginning of a term.  It will result in an error.
  • The question mark (?) is used as a single-character wildcard for term expansion.
    1. A single character has to be found in the place of the wildcard.  For example, a search for water? will return results that contain terms such as waters, but will not return water, waterflooding, watersheding.
    2. If a search results in an expansion error, more characters will be required in order to more uniquely identify the desired terms.  For example, a search for w? will likely result in a term expansion error.
    3. A question mark may be used inside a string of characters.  For example, a search for w?nd will return results that contain terms such as wind and wand.
    4. Question marks may not be used as the beginning of a term.  It will result in an error.
    5. More than one single-character wildcard may be used in the same search.  However, this may cause a slower return of the results than searching with only one single-character wildcard.

Phrase/Adjacent Term Searching

  • You may wish to search for exact character strings or phrases.  This is known as a literal search and provides the same functionality as an adjacency operator.  Phrases (adjacent terms) can be searched for by using double quotes in the easy or advanced search screen.  For example, a search for "wastewater treatment" will return results that contain the term "wastewater" immediately followed by the term "treatment".  Note that double quotes are not necessary when searching phrases on the "Federated Search" page.
  • Wildcard operators inside a phrase will operate as wildcards.  For example, a search on "high performance comput*" will return results that contain phrases such as "high performance computing" and "high performance computer".
  • Phrases can be joined together using Boolean operators.  For example, a search for "solar cell" OR "photovoltaic cell" will return results that contain either the phrase "solar cell" or the phrase "photovoltaic cell".
  • An inexact phrase search can be performed by surrounding a phrase in quotation marks followed by a tilde (~) and an integer: "phrase"~#. The integer represents the number of unrelated words that may be present between the two search terms. For example, a search for "biofuel ethanol"~2 would return results that contain the following: "biofuel ethanol", "ethanol biofuel", "biofuel * ethanol", and "biofuel ** ethanol", where the asterisk represents the unrelated words.
  • Searches for "biofuel ethanol"~2 will return results that contain both biofuel and ethanol. However, the relevance is increased for results where the two terms are closer together.
  • The integer for an inexact phrase search must be at least 2 to permit reordering of phrases. An integer of 0 would return exact matches.

Boolean

  • Boolean operators can be used to broaden or narrow your queries.  Operators are used to indicate logical relationships between the descriptive terms that make up your query.  Operators are case insensitive.  Multiple words entered as search terms must all appear in the record/full text in order to be returned in the search results, or, in other words, an implicit AND is added between each term.  Also, if search terms are entered for more than one field on the "advanced search" page, these search criteria are also connected with an implicit AND.  For example, a search of "bibliographic data" containing IEA and "title" containing hydro will find records where both hydro is somewhere in the title and IEA is somewhere in the bibliographic record.  Operators can be used within a single query box when using the "advanced search" or the "easy search" page.  
  • Operators available for use in this system are AND, OR, and NOT.
    1. AND:  narrows your search.  All records/full text retrieved must contain all of the search terms you specify.  Searches for radioactive AND wastes will return results that contain both radioactive and wastes.  Searches using the Boolean operator AND must have two conditions on which to operate.  Therefore a search for AND wastes will return results that contain only wastes because the word AND is not indexed.  Multiple words entered as search terms without a Boolean Operator must all be contained in the field(s) searched in order to be returned in the search results.  In other words, an implicit AND is added between each term.  For example, a search on the "title" for radioactive wastes will return results that contain both radioactive and wastes somewhere in the title.  It is not necessary for the terms to be adjacent.
    2. OR:  broadens your search.  All records/full text retrieved must contain at least one of the search terms you specify.  Searches for metals OR alloys will return results containing either metals or alloys or both terms.  Searches using the Boolean operator OR must have two conditions on which to operate.  Therefore a search for OR alloys will return results that contain only alloys because the word OR is not indexed.
    3. NOT:  narrows your search by allowing you to exclude specific search terms.  Searches for wastes NOT radioactive will return results that contain wastes and do not contain radioactive.  Searches using the Boolean operator NOT must have two conditions on which to operate.  Therefore a search for NOT radioactive will return results that contain only radioactive because the word NOT is a Boolean operator.
  • Order of Operation
    1. The default order of operations (precedence) for all supported Boolean Operators is NEAR, NOT, AND, OR.
    2. Unless overridden by use of parenthesis, the default order of operations will be used.  Expressions are evaluated in order from left to right according to the precedence of their operators (or order of operation).  Operators with higher precedence are applied first. Operators of equal precedence, i.e. the same operator used more than once, are applied in order of their appearance in the expression from left to right.
    3. A search for fossil NOT oil OR coal will return results that either
      • contain the term fossil and do not contain the term oil or
      • that contain the term coal.
      This can be demonstrated by adding parentheses in the example (fossil NOT oil) OR coal to show the order of precedence.  Since NOT has a higher order (precedence), its expression is evaluated first.
    4. A search for fossil NOT (oil OR coal) will return results that contain fossil and do not contain either oil nor coal.  This is an example of overriding the default order of operations by using parenthesis.
  • If you receive an error message related to Boolean searching, please check your use of operators, parenthesis and/or quotation marks.

Show Another Field

From the "search results" page, you can show an additional field in the results listing by choosing the desired field in the "show" drop-down box on clicking on the "go" button.  The additional fields available to show are OSTI Identifier, Report Number, DOE Contract Number, Other Identifier Number, Document Type, Specific Type, Resource Relation, Research Organization, Sponsoring Organization, Subject, Related Subject, Publisher, Country, Language, Format, Rights, Source, Availability, Entry Date, or DOI.

Find More By This Author

In the "search results" page and the "bibliographic citation" page, each author is hyperlinked so that, when selected, a search is conducted for the selected author.  The author search is the same as if you had conducted a phrase search on "creator/author" from the "advanced search" screen.  For example, if you select the "Smith, John" hyperlink, it will provide you with the same search results as when you conduct an "advanced search" on "creator/author" for "Smith, John".

EndNote Library Downloads

  • In order to utilize the EndNote capability, you will need to have already downloaded and installed the EndNote software and have already created a Library.  (In EndNote, access the File Menu, select New).
  • To download using EndNote, select the hyperlink 'Download as EndNote' on the Bibliographic Citation page for the item(s) of interest.  Selecting this hyperlink will provide you with the option to save as an EndNote Library file (.enl extension) directly to your own storage space.
  • You may choose to have the EndNote Import File access your EndNote software directly, in which case EndNote will prompt you for your Library file, then a dialog box to select an import format will appear.  Select "EndNote Import Format" and select OK.  Your selected citation will be previewed and added into your EndNote library.
  • If you choose to save the downloaded citations file (default file name is "citations.enw"), you may open the EndNote software, open your Library, then select the "Import" icon to add the selected citations to your Library.

Printer-friendly Version

From the "search results" page and the "bibliographic citation" page, you can select and print a "printer-friendly version" of the current page by clicking on that option.  

Refine Your Search

From the "search results" page, you can refine your search by clicking the "refine search" button which takes you to the "advanced search" page.  This page will reflect your current search strategy which you can modify and re-submit as a refined search.

Alert Tips

  • In order to receive e-mail alerts, you must have an account so that we know the e-mail address for sending the alerts and an ID for storing your alert criteria. You will also have to logon using your individual user account or e-mail address-based account to set up, update, or inactivate any alerts. If you do not have an ETDEWEB account, but are automatically authenticated for access via IP or country recognition, please complete the simplified registration form. If you are not automatically authenticated, but are from a qualifying country, please fill in the full registration form for an individual account. For more information about registering, see the "registration/user profile" section of "help". After you logon to ETDEWEB, you can access alerts from the main top menu or from the "create alert" option on the "search results" screen.
  • You can create a new alert by completing the required information on the "alert services" form. For the search criteria portion of the form, you can enter it directly in the form, or you can have the system populate the fields for you by choosing ‘create alert’ from the search results screen. It will use the criteria of your latest search. Provide an alert name that will help you identify the alert and click the enable alert flag to receive e-mail alerts. Also set the frequency of the alert notifications to weekly, bi-weekly, monthly, quarterly, or annually using the drop-down box. Decide if you want the e-mails whether there is new data for the search or not and set the flag accordingly for "send e-mail if no new data?". Next enter the search terms and other criteria/limits for the search. You may also set if you want new and/or updated citations. After all information is provided for the alert, click on the "save alert" button.
  • You may update an alert or disable it by accessing the "alert services" page and selecting your alert from the "select alert" drop down box. Then, click the go button. Your alert details will be displayed and can be updated, disabled, and saved. You may also run your alert immediately by clicking on the "run alert" button.

Language Translation Tools

ETDEWEB now has the Microsoft translation tool built in for viewing pages of search results and citations found in the main ETDEWEB database. Use the ‘Translate this page to choose your language of choice. This tool is not offered for the external bonus search results nor the full text viewing at this time. ETDE has provided a list of links to free language translation tools that you may find useful in taking advantage of information in other languages.

Alerts Registration

Alerts Registration - This type of registration is intended for users who are automatically authenticated (either by IP-address or by country) who wish to set up an Alert. The registration requires an e-mail address, name, and password. A confirmation email is sent to the user. The user must, in turn, confirm receipt either by clicking on the link in the e-mail message or cutting and pasting the link into a browser window. Once confirmed, the account is activated.

Older Userid accounts

Some Userid-based accounts are still active, to facilitate access to older Alerts. These older accounts had additional fields stored. Registrations of this type are no longer necessary.

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Technical Requirements

  • A Pentium PC, MAC, or UNIX workstation is required.
  • A recent version of a major Web browser is required (e.g. FireFox, Microsoft Internet Explorer, Safari).
  • A PDF viewer must be loaded as a browser plug-in to view most full text documents.
  • Session Cookies (for search and retrieval functionality), Stylesheets (for optimal display of fonts, colors, etc.), and JavaScript (for viewing system advisories and warnings) must be enabled in the Web browser settings.
  • Pop-up blockers and pop-up stoppers must be deactivated or set to allow pop-up boxes from ETDEWEB (for downloading or saving).

    The following are details on how to set your browser configurations to meet the system requirements. Note that wording may vary slightly between platforms and between browser versions.

    Internet Explorer 6.x:

    From the Tools menu, click on Internet Options.

    Click on Privacy tab, click on Advanced button to view options.

    In list:

    • Check box to override automatic cookie handling.
    • Check box to always allow session cookies.

    Click on Security tab, click on Internet icon, then the Custom Level button to view options.

    In list:

    • Enable all Scripting.

    Click on General tab, click on Accessibility button, then the Custom Level button to view options.

    In list:

    • Ensure that all colors, fonts, and styles of Web pages are NOT ignored.

    Ensure that OK is selected so all changes to the browser settings will be saved.

    Internet Explorer 4.x/5.x:

    From the Tools menu, click on Internet Options.

    Click on Security tab, click on Internet icon, then the Custom Level button to view options.

    In list:

    • Enable all Scripting.
    • Enable Session Cookies. (If you choose to set your browser to prompt before accepting cookies, be sure to click on OK every time.)

    Click on General tab, click on Accessibility button, then the Custom Level button to view options.

    In list:

    • Ensure that all colors, fonts, and styles of Web pages are NOT ignored.

    Ensure that OK is selected so all changes to the browser settings will be saved.

    Firefox 3.x:

    From the Tools menu, click on Options.

    Click on Content tab.

    In list:

    • Check box to Enable JavaScript.
    • Check box to Enable Java.

    Click on Privacy tab.

    In list:

    • Check Accept cookies from sites

    Ensure that OK is selected so all changes to the browser settings will be saved.

    Other Recommendations

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WorldCat Tool

The ETDEWEB module now has a built-in capability to link to WorldCat, the world’s largest library catalog. For those users who do not have institutional free access to journal resources, or who are not able to pay the per-article fee from the publishers, this tool helps ETDEWEB users find a library close to their location that may have a copy of the journal/conference being cited. The way it works is that a user in ETDEWEB does a usual search, and then displays a full citation. A link to WorldCat will automatically display in the ETDEWEB record citation view, usually just under the availability field. Simply click on the hyperlink to WorldCat at that point. You will then leave ETDEWEB and be sent to the WorldCat site. If it finds any, WorldCat should show a list of potential titles that could be a match to the journal or conference title from the record you were reviewing in ETDEWEB. Once you click on the title that looks like a match, you would then use the WorldCat Find a Library tool to enter your physical location. WorldCat will then show you a list of what libraries closest to you may subscribe to that title. You do also need to note which volume years that site may have in their holdings, or verify with the library directly that they do have that particular volume/year in their collection.

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