Discover: Changes To Saving Your Citations & Databases

If you’re a researcher using Georgia State University Library’s databases, we have important news about upgrades to our system that may affect your research process.

We realize that some of you are making advanced use of the function in our list of databases that allows you to save citations and databases. Specifically, this blog post refers to the option to save citations and databases within our top-level list of databases, NOT within the individual databases themselves. Rather than catch you off guard when classes begin, we want to give you some advance notice so you can export your files as soon as possible.

Beginning Monday, August 15, 2011 Georgia State University Library transitioned to Discover, a simple search box that quickly locates books, articles, journals, media and unique collections simultaneously. Discover is lightning fast and allows you to customize results for your research purposes.

Those of you saving databases and citations at this top-level have two things to be aware of:

  1. Researchers will no longer be able to search their saved databases.
  2. In our new Discover system, researchers will be able to save citations. However, you will still have access to your previously saved citations at the top-level of the list of databases. You should export them for later use. You can email them to yourself, download them as text files, or even export them to bibliographic software like EndNote and Zotero.

While we’re losing these two features, our statistics show that only a small population of researchers are utilizing them. The implementation of Discover however, will change your research efforts dramatically, hopefully making it faster and easier to access the information you need.

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4 Responses to Discover: Changes To Saving Your Citations & Databases

  1. Mohamed Abdelhamid says:

    please go back to the old system setup for the database. The new setup sucks really bad, am unable to find the citation on the link for the paper i found in Pubmed, or any other search engine. citation was always on the right hand side, now they are nowhere to be found its really irritating, and also a waste of time. I have to seat here and make 20 citation, and waste my time now. really productive don’t you think. This is so horrible words can’t express my frustration. Please go back to the old system for the database setup.
    Thank You

  2. Christian Steinmetz says:

    Hi Mohamed,
    We incorporated the new Discover system so that beginning researchers can search across our massive amount of resources from one, simple search box. If you’re doing more advanced research you may want to consult one of our librarians, either at the reference desk, over the phone, or electronically. They can show you some alternative options we have available. One option is to use a bibliographic citation tool like Zotero or EndNote.

    We’re also looking for feedback from students on the new system. If you want to participate, here are the details:
    • You will meet with a library staffer one-on-one to answer questions about and try using a new research tool on the library’s website.
    • In exchange for 1 hour of your time, you will receive $5 PantherCash.
    • Meetings will take place in the library between November 16 and December 2. The exact date and time will depend on your schedule.
    • Your feedback will help us improve the research experience for students.

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