Although NPL is similar to the rest of the Analytics platform, there are a few subtle differences between them. In this article, I will explain exactly how you would go about using NPL.
When you reach the NPL home page, which can be found by clicking on the "Literature" tab, you will be able to search within a number of fields.
The different fields that you can use to search on NPL are:
- All fields: This will search within all available fields for what was inputted.
- Title: This will search within titles for what was inputted.
- Abstract: This will search within abstracts for what was inputted.
- Author: This will search within author names for what was inputted.
- Title or abstract: This will search within both abstracts and titles for what was inputted.
- Journal: This will search within journal names for what was inputted.
To perform your search, click on the "Search" button and you will be taken to the search results page.
On the top-left of the screen, you can use the "AND" and "NOT" functions to refine your results further using keywords.
Below this, you can also refine your results using various filters.
- Doc Type: This will enable you to only see papers in your search results of a particular type.
- Publication years: This will enable you to only see papers in your search results that were published in a chosen range of years.
- Authors: This will enable you to only see papers in your search results that were written by certain authors.
- Journal: This will enable you to only see papers in your search results that came from particular journals.
Above the search results are also a number of options that enable you to change how you view your results.
The first option allows you to either expand or collapse the abstract for your results. The second option allows you to sort your results to see them in a particular order with the options available to you being "Best match", "Newest first" and "Oldest first". The third option allows you to select how many results you want to see on each page of your search results. The fourth and final option allows you to display your results using either the abstract view or the table view.
If you then click on one of the articles in your search results you will then come to a page similar to the one given in the image below.
From the "Overview" tab, you are able to see bibliographic data for the article, as well as this, you can view the abstract of the article. On the right-hand side of this screen, you are able to go through each of the articles in turn where the blue dot next to them will disappear if you have already viewed that particular article. Finally, you are able to download the PDF for the article by clicking on "Download PDF".
When you click on the "Citation" tab, you will by default be on the "Non-patent" option where you are able to see both the forward and backward NPL citations for this article with links to the papers in question.
From the "Patent" option, you can see any patents that cite this paper with corresponding links to them as well.