Personal Profile

Signing up/registering

To keep a search record between sessions, you need to sign up for a personal profile. Click Create in the top right corner of the window (just above the search box), and follow the instructions given.


Signing in and Signing out

Signing in

To use your personal profile, you need to make sure you are signed in at the start of a session. You are already signed in if your user name appears at the top right of the window. If not, click Sign in and follow the instructions.

Signing out

To sign out at the end of a session, click Sign out, and follow the instructions.


My Folders

To view your personalized work record, make sure you have signed in, then click My Work (above the Search box at the top right of the screen). Your work is organized into four folders:

Most Recent

This folder keeps a record of the entries you have viewed and the searches you have run most recently.

To rename a search, click Edit, type your preferred name into the Title field (making a note if you wish), then click .

My Content

Any entries you have chosen to save to your personal profile are listed here. The chapter/section is listed first, separated by a colon from the title.

My Searches

Any searches you have chosen to save to your personal profile are listed here.

To view any of the searches in the list, click on its title.

To rename a search, click Edit, type your preferred name into the Title field (making a note if you wish), then click edit.

My Account

Use this folder to change your password.

Citing an entry

You can cite any entry listed in the Most Recent and My Content folders. Click the entry's Cite option (under the Action column).

You can choose from the formats: MLA, APA, and Chicago. The citations can be cut and pasted directly into academic work.

You may export citations to personal citation management packages in the following formats: EndNote, ProCite, ReferenceManager, RefWorks, BibTex, and Zotero (BibText).

Deleting items from a folder

To delete an individual item from a folder, click its Delete option (under the Action column). To delete more than one item tick the checkboxes of all the items you want to delete, then click the delete button.


Saving content and searches to your personal profile

Entries and search results can be saved to your personal profile so that you can return to them in later sessions. Before saving an entry or the results of a search, make sure you are signed in and that the appropriate entry or results list is displayed.

Saving an entry

To save an entry to your personal profile, make sure the entry you want is open at the section of your choice and click .

Saving a search

To save the results of a search to your personal profile, make sure you are signed in and that the appropriate results list is displayed. Click . Edit the title of the search if you wish, and make any notes in the Notes field, then click save. The My Content and My Searches options keep a record of the entries you have viewed in a single session.