Ontario Scholars Portal. 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: firstname.lastname@example.org Tel: (613) 562-5800 ext. 3656.
A guide to the basic features of the search interface of Ontario Scholars Portal at the University of Ottawa
Prepared by:Ann RomerilLibrary Bibliographic Training CoordinatorMorisset LibraryEmail: email@example.comTel: (613) 562-5800 ext. 3656
Ontario Scholars Portal provides seamless access to approximately 2,276,055 articles from 3,333 full text journals acquired by national and provincial consortia of which the University of Ottawa is a member
Ontario Scholars Portal features:
Ontario Scholars Portal is available to faculty and students at the University of Ottawa.
You can access Ontario Scholars Portal:
To take advantage of all the features of Ontario Scholars Portal, you need to register and obtain a username and password:
From the “Browse/Quick Search” menu option you can access the tables of contents of the journals:
You can browse by journal title
You can browse by publisher
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
You can browse Elsevier journals by subject area. This feature is not yet available for journals from the other publishers
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
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.
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.
ANDAll 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.
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”
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.
You customize the details of your Alerts, from their frequency to the search strategies.
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.
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”.
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.
To print, save or export your article you need to select a view: bibliographic page or full text PDF
You can access and edit your preferences by clicking on “Settings from the menu bar.
Detailed help screens are available by clicking on “Help” from the menu bar
You can also print the help files in PDF format for more convenience.
If you have questions or comments about Ontario Scholars Portal, please send an email to:
University of Ottawa|Library Network at: