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Online help is desined as a  page-sensitive system. Clicking on the Help area in the top bar, visitor will receive those help pages which match the ICSU Navigator pages currently displayed on the screen. When one of help pages is displayed the system brings visitor to the contents of help pages.

Note that this option works on WWW browsers which support JavaScript v. 1.2, that is why we recommend to use Internet Explorer, v. 5 and newer. Netscape Navigator up to v. 4.7 does not support JavaScript v. 1.2 in full. Under Netscape Navigator Help system becomes not page-sensitive, so each time it will bring visitor to the contents of help pages.


ar0.gif Context Search
The Context Search Page is displayed first after loading ICSU Navigator root page. It can be called on and displayed after clicking on Search Journal/Serial area in the top bar. It includes HTML form for composing query to database, lists of primary scientific publications, prepared in advance from ICSU Navigator database, and links to relevant ICSU Bodies, Publishers and other relevant information. Most of lists displayed on this page can be loaded as compressed files after clicking on Download Compressed Lists area in the top bar.

In the Context Search text field visitor need to type some words (or phrase), decribing concept of search, or a set of arbitrary keywords. While form is processed some words (so-called "stop words") are removed and documents are selected depending on the additional conditions which must be defined by visitor, i.e.

  • type of matching (exact phrase, all the words, or any of the word),
  • search level (scan all documents or only selected on previous step),
  • depth of search (looking for phrase/words among titles, keywords, or full descriptions),
  • language (any language, or one of predefined languages),
  • form of reports on results of searching.
At the beginning of the each session a selection list is empty and first search query is made among all the documents. After first selection completed visitor may define search among all the documents or among already selected documents, using new query sentence. Note, that by default the system installs selection among already selected documents (corresponding "radio" button is checked).

From the Context Search Page one may go to the Keyword-Based Search Page or Excite-Based Search Page. The first one is the basic in this project and provides better result of search.


ar0.gif Keyword Search
The Keyword-Based Search Page can be called from the Context Search Page or Excite-Based Search Page. While being not in the search mode, visitor must click on Search Journal/Serial area in the top bar. The advantage of the keyword-based search algorithm comes from the fact that the same keyword lists are used for document descriptions and for composing search query.

In the keyword-based search mode visitor need to select one or more values in the selection lists displayed on the screen. While form is processed documents are selected depending on the additional conditions which must be defined by visitor, i.e.

  • selected values, either multiple (for scientific areas and disciplines, project keywords, ICSU bodies, language, and media), or single (for country, publisher, validity and periodicity),
  • search level (scan all documents or only selected on previous step),
  • form of reports on results of searching.
As was mentioned above, at the beginning of each session a selection list is empty and first search query is made among all the documents. Then visitor may define search among all the documents or among already selected documents, using new query sentence. Visitor may switch between search modes (context or keyword ones) in this step-by-step search process. Note, that by default the system installs selection among already selected documents (corresponding "radio" button is checked).

From the Keyword-Based Search Page one may go to the Context Search Page or Excite-Based Search Page.


ar0.gif Using Excite Search Engine
The Excite-Based Search Page was added to this site optionally as an additional service supported by Excite Search Engine installed on this server and used for indexing publication databases. Go to Excite Help for more detail about searching with Excite search engine.

ar0.gif Adding Titles With Full-Featured Submission Form
This form is used for loading journal/serial descriptions into the database and it is recommended to those users/publishers who wish to add new descriptions. It can be called on and displayed after clicking on Adding New Titles area in the top bar. The form is powered with JavaScript 1.2, which is not fully supported by Netscape Navigator (up to v. 4.7), that is why Internet Explorer (v. 4.0 or later) is recommended.

It is recommended also to use terms from the keyword lists, which appear in the right frame after corresponding text field in the left frame is focused.

If you can not find appropriate terms in the suggested lists, you may enter your own terms typing them into the corresponding text fields and separating them with a comma. Predefined and user-defined terms may be entered in any order.

ar0.gif Empty Full-Featured Submission Form
Empty form is not accepted by the system. You need to fill in at least four necessary text fields, i.e. Journal/Serial Title, Scientific area(s), Publisher, and Journal's contact address, which are emphasized in the form with a red color.
ar0.gif Filled-in Full-Featured Submission Form
While filling in Submission Form please try to enter as much information as necessary for adequate description of the corresponding journal/serial. Along with the four necessary parameters it is strongly recommended to fill in other fields especially those, which can help users to obtain most adequate search results, like keywords, Web address, etc.

ar0.gif Adding Titles With Simplified Submission Form
The Simplified Submission Form can be called from the Full-Featured Submission Form if user's browser does not support JavaScript 1.2. It is recommended to use terms from the keyword lists, but if necessary you may add your own terms typing them into the corresponding text fields and separating them with a comma.
ar0.gif Empty Simplified Submission Form
Simplified empty form also is not accepted by the system. You need to fill in at least four necessary text fields, i.e. Journal/Serial Title, Scientific area(s), Publisher, and Journal's contact address, which are emphasized in the form with a red color.
ar0.gif Filled-in Simplified Submission Form
While filling in Simplified Submission Form please try to enter as much information as necessary for adequate description of the corresponding journal/serial. Along with the four necessary parameters it is strongly recommended to fill in other fields especially those, which can help users to obtain most adequate search results, like keywords, Web address, etc. It is important also to enter delimiters (commas) into the text fields for arbitrary keyword terms.

ar0.gif Editing Databases
Clicking on the ICSU Navigator Admin Page area in the top bar, will bring you to the ICSU Navigator Admin Page. All administrative and editorial operations are possible from this page.

This page is accessible only for authorized users, i.e. those with valid password and registered IP address.


ar0.gif Download Compressed Lists
This page is called by clicking on Download Compressed Lists area in the top bar and contains discipline-oriented selections from ICSU Navigator database, version of November 21, 2000. Please note that database and selected lists are updated on regular basis.

ar0.gif User's Feedback
User's Feedback Form appears after clicking on the User's Feedback area in the top bar. Your comments and coordinates are very important for developers and can help to improve the system.

If at least one field is not empty, the form contents is recorded together with user's IP address and other relevant information extracted from the set of environmental variables.


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Loaded October 5, 2000; updated December 5, 2000
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