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Business Source Complete: Saving search results

Selecting and saving search results

When you retrieve search results in a database, we highly recommend that you:

  • Select any individual search results that are of potential value to your work.  
  • Save multiple back-up copies of those selected results in various locations (e.g. email, USB stick, hard drive). When you save a result in a database, you are saving the core bibliographic information about an article (and maybe its abstract) rather than its full content. Even experienced researchers can lose information!
  • You need good records of all the sources of information you use in order to avoid plagiarism!

How to select and save results in Business Source Complete:

  • Click/select the folder icon on the right-hand side of each individual result(s) of interest. The icon appears next to the magnifying glass icon. Once all your results of interest are selected, click the other folder icon (located along the top of the screen).

    Business Source Complete: saving individual results

  • Now you are in the ‘folder’ screen, click the box next to each listed result if you still wish to save it. Please note that the results only remain in your folder for the duration of your current search session so it's advisable to save them elsewhere and as soon as possible, as follows:

    Using the options in the right-hand column, click 'save as file' to save your select folder of results to a drive of your choice (e.g. USB, cloud etc.). If you can't locate the file you've created, it may be sitting in your device's downloads folder). You can also email the results to yourself (after clicking the envelope icon) or click 'export' and then click the option to send them to a reference management tool such as EndNote. You might like to refer to our guide to using EndNote.

Business Source Complete: saving/emailing search results via the folder options