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How To: Use Personal Accounts in EBSCO, ProQuest, & JSTOR

By Kyle Thomas, Electronic Resources Librarian

Using Personal Accounts in EBSCO, ProQuest, & JSTOR

Keeping track of your research can get a bit tricky, especially when using multiple databases to cover various topics from different courses! Quite a few of the library’s resources give users the option to email links and export citations, helping you save ebooks or articles for later. But some database platforms have taken that functionality a step further by allowing users to create a personal account to track and save their research across multiple sessions.

While many of the library’s databases offer personal accounts, three of the most popular research database platforms (EBSCO, ProQuest, and JSTOR) are explored here. This post goes into detail about the specific features available in each.

*Note: Off-campus users must access e-resources with their Fordham Access IT username and password and Multi-Factor Authentication (MFA). Links to e-resources can be found on the Library’s Databases page.


EBSCO’s “My EBSCOHost”

Features
  • Organize saved content in personal folders.
  • Receive email or RSS notifications for saved search criteria.
To create a “My EBSCOHost” account:
  • Visit any EBSCO database and click “Sign In” at the top (Figure 1).
  • Click the “Sign Up” link.
  • Entered the required information and click “Create account.”*

*Note: ALWAYS Use your Fordham email address as your username.

Screenshot of an EBSCO database with a red arrow pointing to "Sign In" at the top of the screen.
Figure 1.
Personal Folders
  • Click “Folder” at the top of any page within EBSCO to access your personal folders.
  • Saved items are stored by type (articles, images, eBooks, etc.).
  • Select “New” beside “My Custom” to create your own folders (Figure 2).
Screenshot of an EBSCO database with a red arrow pointing to "New" next to a folder icon.
Figure 2.
Search History
  • Click “Search History” underneath the EBSCO search fields to display your previous searches in the current session (Figure 3).
Screenshot of an EBSCO database search screen, with a red arrow pointing to "Search History" under the search fields.
Figure 3.
Email Alerts and RSS feeds for Custom Search Criteria
  • From the search results page, click the “Share” option at the right.
  • Use the options under “Create an alert” to receive notifications specific to your search criteria (Figure 4).
Screenshot of an EBSCO database search results with a red arrow pointing to "E-mail Alert" within the "Share" dropdown menu.
Figure 4.

ProQuest’s “My Research”

Features
  • Organize saved content in personal folders.
  • Receive email or RSS notifications for saved search criteria.
To create a “My Research” account:
  • Open any ProQuest database and click the figure icon at the top right.
  • Select “Create My Research Account” (Figure 5).
  • Enter the required information. Again, ALWAYS use your Fordham email address when working with Fordham Library resources.

Note: ProQuest offers the option of linking the account to RefWorks. RefWorks is no longer available to Fordham users. Details and replacements are provided under Bibliographic Management Tools.

Screenshot of a ProQuest database "Advanced Search" screen with a dropdown menu selected and a red arrow pointing to "Create My Research Account."
Figure 5.
Add Multiple Search Results to Personal Folders
  • To add content from search results, check the boxes of any title you want to save.
  • Click the file-folder icon, second from the right (Figure 6).
Screenshot of ProQuest database search results with a red arrow pointing to a folder icon.
Figure 6.
Organize Content After Selecting a Citation from Search Results Page
  • Click the “All Options” button (three dots) at the right (Figure 7).
  • Use the “Save to My Research” button.
  • Use the “Create a new folder” option, or select the folder where you’d like the content saved.
Screenshot of a ProQuest database with a red arrow pointing to "All Options," with a window open showing all save options.
Figure 7.
Email/RSS Notifications
  • Click the “Save search/alert” link to show the submenu (Figure 8).
  • Choose the type of alert you want to create.
Screenshot of a ProQuest database search results page with a red arrow pointing to "Save search/alert."
Figure 8.

JSTOR’s “Workspace”

Features
  • Save content to your Workspace in personalized folders.
  • Add descriptive notes to folders or saved titles.
To create your account:
  • From JSTOR‘s homepage, use the “Register” link at the top right.
  • Enter the required information. ALWAYS use your Fordham email address when working with Fordham Library resources.*
  • Ensure that “Fordham University” is entered under “Institution or University,” then select the “Role” and “Primary Area of Study” which best fit you (Figure 9).

*Note: You can also use the “Register with Google” button to link your Fordham Gmail account.

Screenshot of a JSTOR database on the Registration screen. Three red arrows point to the fields you must fill in: Institution or University; Role; and Primary Area of Study.
Figure 9.
Personal Folders
  • After signing in, open your Workspace by clicking on your name at the top right.
  • Select “Workspace” from the dropdown menu.
  • You will see a message stating: “Your Workspace is empty.”
  • Use the “Create Folder” button and enter your custom name (Figure 10).
Screenshot of a JSTOR database Workspace with a pop-up window to "Create new folder."
Figure 10.
Custom Notes
  • To add a custom note about a folder, click the three-dot icon beside a folder’s name.
  • Select “Add description.”
  • To add a custom note about content saved within a folder, click “Add Note” beneath the title (Figure 11).
Screenshot of a JSTOR database once the user clicks on the three-dot icon beside a folder's name. A dropdown menu appears. A red arrow points to "Add Description" on the menu. Another arrow points to the "Add Note"button.
Figure 11.
Add Content to Workspace
  • Click the “Save” button when viewing a title (Figure 12).
  • Choose the option to add it to your Workspace, an existing folder, or to create a new folder.
Screenshot of journal article in JSTOR with a red arrow pointing to the "Save" button above the article.
Figure 12.

Need Help?

Need additional help with databases? Reach out to your Library Liaison to request a one-on-one consultation. General troubleshooting steps and information about known resource access problems are available on the Access Help tab on the Library’s Databases page.

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