EBSCO Interfaces Preferences - Help Sheet

Setting Preferences allows you to control the look and feel of the Result List. The selections you make on the Preferences Screen can be saved to your personal account (My EBSCOhost) and retrieved for use at any time. Once you sign in to My EBSCOhost, your personal preferences are applied. And, if you make changes to your preferences, those changes are saved for future use.

 To set your preferences:

  1. From the search screen or the Result List, click the Preferences link in the top toolbar. (The Preferences feature is also available from the Folder Screen.)

    Preferences Screen

  2. General Settings – Choose language and keyword suggestion settings.

    • Language – Select the language in which you want to display the interface: Spanish, French, German, Italian, Portuguese, Russian, Korean, Japanese, Simplified Chinese, Traditional Chinese, Turkish, Greek, Polish, Arabic, Thai, Croatian, Czech, Bahasa Indonesian, and Hebrew. (Your library administrator decides whether this feature will be available.)  

    • Autocomplete search suggestions – As you begin to enter a search term in the Find field, keyword suggestions are automatically displayed. (Set to On or Off.)

    • Run SmartText Search when query returns no results – If enabled by your administrator, set to automatically run your search using the SmartText Searching search mode when your initial query returns no results.

    • Suggest Subject Terms Default – Select the Suggest Subject Terms default setting: Use Profile Settings, On By Default, or Off By Default. (Your library administrator decides whether this feature will be available.)

  3. Result List Display – Choose the look and feel of your Result List.

    • Format – Select the level of detail for each result: Standard, Title Only, Brief or Detailed.

    • Image Quick View – Turn on or off the display of image thumbnails on the Result List, Citation, and Folder. (Availability varies by database.) 

    • Results per page – Specify how many results (or records) are displayed per page (for example: 5, 10, 20, 30, 40 or 50). (Will be applied to both the Result List and the Folder.)

    • Sort by – You can set how you would like your results sorted. All sort options for the database you are using are available. (For example, date, author, source, etc.) If you select “Database Default," the results are sorted using the database defaults. (Will be applied to only the Result List.)

    • Page layout – Control which columns display on the Result List.

  1. Print, E-mail, Save, Export – Set your defaults for Print, E-mail, Save and Exporting of your results. You can still change these settings when you print, e-mail, save or export your results.

    • Default Format – Decide how much information you want to include with your results.

    • Standard Field Format – Defaults to "Detailed Citation and Abstract." You can also select from the drop-down list:

      • Brief Citation – Indicates that only a brief citation should be printed.

      • Brief Citation and Abstract – Indicates that a brief citation and an abstract should be printed.

      • Detailed Citation and Abstract – Indicates that a detailed citation and an abstract should be printed.

    • Citation Format – If you would like to default your citations to a specific format, select one from the drop-down list:

      • AMA - American Medical Association
      • APA - American Psychological Association
      • Chicago/Turabian Author - Date
      • Chicago/Turabian Humanities
      • MLA - Modern Language Association
      • Vancouver/ICMJE

    • Customized Field Format – Indicates that the Print/E-mail/Save Managers should default to this selection.

    • E-mail From – The “From” address on the e-mail you send defaults to ephost@epnet.com. If you would like to change that address, enter the information in this field. (For example, you could enter your own e-mail address, or a library e-mail address.) This will automatically fill in the “From” field on the e-mail that is sent.

    • E-mail To – The “To “address on the E-mail Manager defaults to a blank field. If you would like to automatically fill in the E-mail Address field with a specific e-mail address, enter the information in this field. (For example, you could enter your own e-mail address, or list of e-mail addresses for the students in class or a group of colleagues.)

    • E-mail Format – Select whether you want to default your e-mails to Rich Text or Plain Text format

    • Export Settings – You may be able to export your results into a format compatible with your bibliographic management software. (For example, RefWorks, EndNote, ProCite, etc.) Your library administrator decides whether the Export feature is available.

      • Save citations to a file formatted for – Select the default bibliographic management format to save a file.
      • E-mail a file with citations in – Select the default bibliographic management format to e-mail a file.
    1. Click the Save button. If you were previously at the Result List, it is updated according to your selections. If you were previously at the Search Screen, you must first perform a search before viewing the customized Result List.

    ID: 3840
    Topic: Interface Features
    Services: EBSCOhost Research Interface, EBSCOhost Canadian, EBSCOhost UK, EBSCOhost Aust/NZ
    Link: http://support.ebsco.com/knowledge_base/detail.php?id=3840
    Updated: October 2013

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