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Category: "Remember me" option on sign-in form

Question: What does the Remember me option on the sign-in form do, and how does it work?
Answer:
By ticking the Remember me option, you will get immediate access to the full contents of EvidenceAlerts on subsequent visits without the need to sign in again. This is accomplished by storing a persistent cookie in your web browser when you sign in, which can then be read on subsequent visits to the EvidenceAlerts website.

To "undo" the effects of the Remember me option, simply use the Log Out link to sign out of the EvidenceAlerts website.

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Category: Can only save 25 articles of interest

Question: How can I get quick access to an article that is not in my Saved list?
Answer:
Because only 25 articles can be saved using the Save feature in My Alerts, if there is an article of interest you would like to retrieve that is not in your saved listing, please use the Search tool that can be found on the toolbar.

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Category: Cannot open link to PubMed abstracts

Question: When I click on the Read the Abstract... link, PubMed doesn't open.
Answer:
This is likely because you have a pop-up blocker installed in your Internet browser. You can correct this problem by either of the following fixes. NOTE: Using either of the solutions below should allow PubMed to open in EvidenceAlerts, however, Solution 1 is the more secure option. If you still are unable to access PubMed, please contact us at evidencealerts@mcmasterhkr.com.

Solution 1
  1. on the toolbar in Internet Explorer go to Tools / Internet Options and select the Privacy tab and then select Settings under the Popup Blocker area at the bottom of the screen;

  2. in the Address of website allowed field, add http://plus.mcmaster.ca/EvidenceAlerts and then click the Add button. The EvidenceAlerts website should now appear under the Allowed sites section. NOTE: The address may be truncated to http://plus.mcmaster.ca in the Allow section. This will still work.


Solution 2

Follow the instructions for (1) in Solution 1 above then go to Notification and Filter Level and change the Filter Level from High to Medium. NOTE: Some Internet browsers require the setting to be set to Low.

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Category: Changing personal information

Question: How do I change personal information such as my email address?
Answer:
To change any personal information such as your email address or your Username and Password, please log in at plus.mcmaster.ca/EvidenceAlerts and select My Profile from the toolbar. Make any required changes in the editable fields and be sure to hit the Submit Changes button at the bottom of the screen to update your profile.

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Category: Font too small

Question: How do I adjust the font size in EvidenceAlerts?
Answer:
To adjust the font size in Internet Explorer, click on View, Text Size, and choose a size larger than currently set until the font size is appropriate for you.


In Netscape Navigator, choose Edit, Preferences, then select Fonts under the Appearance tree on the left side of the preferences box. Choose your favourite font and font size.


In Firefox/Mozilla, click on
Tools, Options, Content, Fonts & Colors, Advanced, and choose the Minimum Font Size value and change to a larger font. Deselect (untick) the Allow pages to choose their own fonts, instead of my selection above option. Click Ok and Ok to save your changes.

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Category: Forgot Username or Password

Question: What if I forget my Username and/or Password?
Answer:
Click here to go to our automated password recovery page. Enter your e-mail address, and your Username and Password will be sent to you within a minute.

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Category: Full text access in EvidenceAlerts

Question: Is there full text access through EvidenceAlerts?
Answer:
Full text is available through the PubMed link if you have access through a personal or institutional subscription, or if the article is provided free of charge from the publisher.

The Health InterNetwork Access to Research Initiative (HINARI) provides free full text articles for >1500 journals to registered non-profit institutions in developing countries (list of eligible countries). To view an alphabetical list of free journal titles through HINARI, go to journal titles. For instructions on HINARI access through PubMed, click here.

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Category: Links in email alerts not working

Question: Why do the links in my email alert not work?
Answer:
This is likely because HTML is not enabled in your email program.

In Outlook, please go to Tools / Options / Mail Format and ensure that HTML is chosen for "Send in this message format."

In Outlook Express, please go to Tools / Options / Read and under "Read Messages" ensure that the "Read all messages in plain text" option is NOT ticked.

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Category: Logging In

Question: Why am I unable to log in?
Answer:
This is likely because you have cookies disabled in your browser. Either of the following solutions should correct the problem; however, Solution 1 is a more secure option:

Solution 1

In Internet Explorer, to Tools / Internet Options / Privacy, under the "Web sites" section, click on the Edit button, under Manage sites add http://plus.mcmaster.ca/EvidenceAlerts/ to the Address of web site field and click on Allow. NOTE: A truncated version of the URL (http://plus.mcmaster.ca) may appear in the Allow section. This will also work.

Solution 2

In Internet Explorer, go to Tools /Internet Options /Privacy and move the security bar down until it no longer says Block All Cookies (about Medium-High on the scale is good; however, some browsers require the setting to be set at low).



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Category: Not receiving email alerts

Question: Not receiving email alerts yet?
Answer:
To receive email alerts, please register.

If you have already registered, go to My Profile and:

  1. check that you have a check mark in the Enable alerts box
  2. check that you have selected at least one Discipline
  3. check that your email address is correct
  4. be sure to click Submit Changes at the bottom of the page.

If your cut-off scores are set too high (e.g., 7 for both Relevance and Newsworthiness), there may be few or no articles that pass the cut-off scores in your discipline(s) selection. Try lowering the scores to ensure articles make it through your cut-off scores (you can use the Alert Cutoff Scores in My Profileto get an estimate of how many articles you are likely to receive as alerts each month based on the previous 12 months' activity).

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Category: RSS Feeds

Question: What are RSS feeds and how do I use them in EvidenceAlerts?
Answer:
What is RSS?
RSS (Really Simple Syndication) is the new and easy way to receive automatic updates from websites. It is an XML file that can be read by special feed reading software. Instead of revisiting a site several times to check for updates, news readers scan for updates and display them for you. Using a news reader means you can stay in touch with many different sources of news and information.

How do I a get a news reader?
There are various news readers available for download from the Internet. Some of the best news readers are free. Click the following URL to locate one suitable for you: http://blogspace.com/rss/readers.

How do I use RSS?
First, install your news reader or aggregator software. The orange icons with "RSS" or "XML" denote an available feed. To subscribe, click on the icon and add the URL (from the address bar on your browser) into your reader. The reader will display the latest content specific to that feed, each with a synopsis and link to the full version of the information.

Want to learn more about RSS feeds?
There are many sites explaining what feeds do and how they work, such as this one at http://www.sixapart.com/about/feeds.

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Category: Saving EvidenceAlerts references into Reference Manager and EndNote

Question: How do I download EvidenceAlerts references into EndNote?
Answer:
If your version of EndNote is 7.0 or earlier, you may need to update your PubMed filter (click on http://www.endnote.com/enpmalert.asp -- the PubMed filter is under the Jan 14, 2004 alert).



  1. Select articles for download by clicking in the check-box next to the article title(s) (you can select multiple articles if on the same page).


  2. Scroll down to the bottom of the page and click on Create Text File.


  3. Select a name and location for the text file and click on Save.


  4. Open an existing Endnote database or create one by going to File -->New


  5. To Import the file click on Choose File, then select Import


  6. In the Import window, select PubMed (NLM) from the Import Option - if this choice is not available, click on Other filters to get the extended list


  7. To select the text file you want to import Choose file and select the file you saved.


  8. Click on Import.



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Question: How do I download EvidenceAlerts references into Reference Manager?
Answer:

  1. Select articles for download by clicking in the check-box next to the article title(s) (you can select multiple articles if on the same page).

  2. Scroll down to the bottom of the page and click on Create Text File.

  3. Select a name and location for the text file and click on Save.

  4. Open an existing Reference Manager database or create one by going to File -->New Database

  5. In version 10, select References from top menu (in version 11 selectFile) and select Import Text Fileā€¦ from its submenu.

  6. Click on (the box with 3 dots beside the Edit filter button) to determine if PubMed.cap is the current filter (if not select it from the list).

  7. Click on (the box with 3 dots beside the View Text File button) to find text file you wish to import.

  8. Click on the Import File button. If second import, choose either Clear or Append to previously imported reference.

  9. Wait until Import successfully completed message appears, then click on OK button and then click on Close button.

  10. All imported references appear on the Imported tab and are also saved directly to the Reference Manager database.



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