CommonSpot: How to Use My CommonSpot Tools (Saved Searches)

This article will cover the basic features of the Saved Searches tool. This tool allows you to view, manage and run personal and public saved searches. Setting up a saved search can be a great time saver if you need to repeatedly run against the same search criteria.

 -  From the Tools menu, choose Saved Searches

CommonSpot primary menu bar - Tools menu

 -  With the All Saved Searches window open, you can do the following:

o   Enter search criteria to bring up the saved search you are looking for. 

§  Use the drop down menus (Show, Type, Date Restriction and Search) and click Filter to see results.

§  With the results displayed, choose to take action on the search result you want to work with.  Below shows the Actions icons and meaning for each one.

All Saved Searches window

o   Click on the Add New Saved Search link.

§  From the Create Saved Search window choose what type of search you want to run (Page, Image, Multimedia). Click Next

Create Saved Search window

§  Expand and fill in the appropriate information for the search criteria questions; choose to Save or View Results.

·         Click Save, enter the Saved Search Name, Description and choose the Favorite category.  Click Save.  Return to the All Saved Searches window to see your new search added.

Save Saved Search As window

·         Click View Results to see the outcome of the specified filter criteria you entered.  Note: this action will not add the search to your saved searches queue.

Advanced Search Results window

o   Click on the My Favorite Saved Searches link.  Three items to note:

§  Any search you marked as favorite will show here.

§  The My Favorite Saved Searches box on the My CommonSpot dashboard is controlled here.  You can set the maximum number of searches that show in your dashboard along with the order you see them in.

§  You have the option of creating a new saved search. Click on the Add New Saved Search link and repeat steps from above. 

My Favorite Saved Searches window


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Keywords:CommonSpot, website, tools   Doc ID:64536
Owner:Becky T.Group:UW Parkside
Created:2016-06-28 14:22 CSTUpdated:2017-08-15 14:23 CST
Sites:UW Parkside
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