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Saving and exporting results

How to use My Favourites and export options to save and share your NUsearch results

What you can do  |  My Favourites  |  Exporting and sharing results

What you can do

Once you have found the resources you need, NUsearch can help you to:

  • save and organise your results and searches using My Favourites
  • export and share resource details and references using a variety of Send to options

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My Favourites

Pin icon

My Favourites is your space in NUsearch where you can save and organise your search results and queries.

Sign in and click on the Pin icon (Go to My Favourites) in the top right of the screen to access.

Always remember to sign in before you use My Favourites to ensure anything you do is not lost at the end of your search session.


What My Favourites offers

My Favourites provides three functions:

  1. Saved records - allows you to save useful resources you've found. These can be organised with labels and exported in a variety of ways.
  2. Saved searches - allows you to save and re-run searches. You can set up email alerts or RSS feeds to notify you when new items become available which match your query.
  3. Search history - provides a record of searches in your current search session. You don't need to be signed in to see this, but if you aren't your history will not be saved on leaving NUsearch.

How to save searches and records


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Exporting and sharing results

Export icon

The Send to menu in NUsearch helps you to export and share details of the resources you find.

You can choose from the following options:

  • Email or print  - send details of a resource(s) to yourself or others, or print out details
  • Permalink - generate a stable link to a resource, which you can share with others
  • Citation - create a reference for a resource in a choice of citation styles to include in your essay or research
  • QR code - generate a QR code that you can scan with your phone to go straight to the record for that resource
  • Export to referencing software - allows you to export to a variety of tools e.g. EndNote Online, Mendeley, RIS etc.

Send to menu

How to access the Send to menu

You will see the Send to menu when you open an individual resource record.

Send To menu

You can also access it from your results list or saved records (in My Favourites), allowing you to export individual or multiple resource records.

For individual resources, click the three dots icon (Show export options) in the menu to the right of a title: 

NUsearch result showing menu item for more export options

For multiple resources, select the records to be exported using the tick boxes to the left of the titles. Click the three dots icon (Show export options) above your results or saved records list.

Multiple NUsearch results selected, showing the menu option for the Send to menu above the results


Help using the different export options

Email or print resource details

Email and Print export options

Click Email if you want to share a resource with someone or send the details to yourself for later.

Screenshot of Send to menu with email option selected and the option to provide an email address below

If you are signed in, NUsearch will automatically add your email address. If not, enter an email address and click Send.

The email you receive will include:

  • details of the resource
  • a link to the NUsearch resource record
  • if an online resource, a link to access the resource directly
  • if a physical resource, availability and location of copies in our libraries

If you prefer to print out these details select the Print option instead.


How to share links to resources

Permalink export option

If you would like to share a link to a NUsearch resource, the best way to do this is to generate a permalink. 

A permalink is a stable shortened link that will always take you to the resource record.

Click the Permalink option and a link will be generated on screen, with the option to copy to clipboard. You can then paste it wherever you like.

Screenshot of Send to menu with permalink option selected and the permalink displayed below with a button to copy to clipboard


Use a QR code to bookmark a resource

QR export option

If you have been searching NUsearch and find a book you need to go to the library for, you can quickly transfer the details to your phone by clicking the QR option.

This will generate a QR code on screen, which you can scan with your phone to open the resource record.

Screenshot of Send to menu with QR code icon highlighted with red box and underneath generated QR code and copy link option


Create a reference in your citation style

Citation export option

If you have used a resource in your essay or research, you can generate a reference for it in a citation style of your choice. 

Select the Citation option. Choose from the list of citation styles available.

You will see a preview of the reference, with the option to copy to clipboard. You can then paste it in to your work.

Screenshot of Send to menu with citation option selected and below a citation in the Harvard citation style with the option to copy it to clipboard

It is always best to check citations for accuracy before using them in your work.


Export your references

Export to Excel, Endnote Online, RIS export options

You can export references of resources that you find in a variety of different ways.

This means no matter how you choose to organise your references, you should be able to quickly and easily transfer the details for individual or multiple resources.

You can simply export details to a spreadsheet, or if you are using reference management software into your chosen program.

Screenshot of Send to menu with the options for exporting references highlighted with a red box

Options available include:

  1. Export to Excel - you have a choice of downloading to csv (comma separated) or xlsx (Excel) file formats. This allows you to open the details in a spreadsheet of your choice.
  2. EndNote Online, RefWorks, Mendeley or EasyBib - import directly into your online accounts for the relevant reference management software. You will need to log into your account first.
  3. RIS - export to RIS file format, which is a standardised format for reference management programs. You can then use this to import the references into EndNote Desktop or other software.
  4. Export BibTex - export to BibTex file format, which is another format for references normally used in conjunction with the LaTex document editor.

The University subscribes to EndNote Desktop and EndNote Online (web version), which are both available for you to use.  

For more help and support:

Studying Effectively: Managing references Using EndNote Online  Using EndNote Desktop

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