zResearch is a collaborative research engine tailored to customer needs. Here, you will find help on how to most effectively use the unique search, curation and collaboration methods provided by zResearch.
At its simplest level, the zResearch search engine works like a regular search engine in that all you need to do is enter your terms and click “Find” to start searching.
- If you enter multiple terms for your query, the search engine will automatically return only results that match ALL the terms provided.
- To search for a phrase, put your terms within double-quotes. Example: “Nikola Tesla” will find articles that only match the phrase Nikola Tesla.
- You can use plus (+) and minus (-) signs before terms to require including them or excluding them. Example: “Nikola Tesla” +electricity will find articles that match both the phrase Nikola Tesla and the word electricity, whereas “Nikola Tesla” -electricity will find articles that match the phrase Nikola Tesla but do not contain the word electricity in them.
- Searches are not case-sensitive, so the query wireless transmission will produce the same result set as the query Wireless Transmission.
Understanding the Results – Using Semantic Suggestions
zResearch has a unique facility built in called "semantic suggestions." The search engine offers three main types of semantic suggestions:
- Did you mean? – Sometimes, the query terms you use may be ambiguous, i.e. they may mean different things in different contexts. "Did you mean" contains suggestions of multiple topic areas about the query itself, effectively enabling you to choose specific aspects of the topic you may be more interested in
- Subtopics - Along with different suggestions of query terms, zResearch lists a set of subtopics dealing with your original query topic that may help you find additional information. These are suggestions of deeper aspects of the topic you are searching on.
- Related – Where zResearch has knowledge for your query, it shows a “related” set of topics for you to explore. "Related" contains suggestions of topics that are semantically related to what you are searching on. These suggestions can be very useful in targeting additional areas of exploration around your original query.
zResearch offers you the unique opportunity to view your results through different areas of the web. You can choose to get your results from the web, from the news, or from the social media. Along with this, you can choose to see products or patents related to your topic, and finally, you can search in the Deep Web to view your results through medicine, science, or business.
zResearch also allows you to customize your research as you wish; you can request any type of information source (social media source, Deep Web source, subscription content source etc.) that you need and we will be able to tailor the search tools to your need from within zResearch.
Visualizing Search Results
When you search for any topic using zResearch (e.g. Fuel Cells) you will immediately see a list of web articles on the right side of the page and a topic map on the left side of the page.
Topic Map: The topic map allows you to narrow your search down into suggested subtopics (e.g. energy, power, cars, etc.). You can break those down even more by double clicking on any of the subtopics that show up in the topic map.
Topic Circles: You can also select to view the search results as a topic circle instead of a topic map. The topic circle also breaks the topic down into the same suggested subtopics but presents these subtopics in a visually different manner. Double clicking on any of the subtopics again will break them down further.
- The topic circle, however, also allows you to see the results as represented by little light gray dots either to the side of the circle or underneath it. When you hover over any of the subtopics presented on the circle, some of the light gray dots will turn dark gray. These dark gray dots represent pages with information on the subtopic that you have selected. You will be able to see how deeply you would have had to search with any other search tool in order to get the same information that zResearch provides so effectively.
List: You can also simply view the search results as a list similar to one you would find in any other search tool.
zResearch also supports a set of advanced query operators.
- link: Find all pages that link to a particular URL. (e.g. link:http://cnn.com/)
- site: Find all pages within a particular web site (a domain and all its subdomains). (e.g. site:zakta.com)
- inurl: Find all pages in which given keyword matches part of the URL. (e.g. inurl:blog)
- intitle: Find all pages in which given keyword matches part of the title attribute of those pages. (e.g. intitle:forum)
Creating and Using a Space
What is a Space?
A Space allows you to efficiently collaborate with members of a group or team when researching information. You can create a Space on any topic (e.g. Schizophrenia). Once you type a query into the search engine, you will automatically be able to create a Space on the topic. Once inside the Space, you will be able to create folders and work with teammates to effectively organize the data that you will collect from your searches.
Curating Search Results
Using zResearch gives you the unique ability to save or hide pages that pique your interest or seem irrelevant, respectively. Click the "save" button next to any page and you will be able to create a folder to store the page in or add the page into an already existing folder that you have created. You can also simply create a folder by clicking the "+" on the top of your Space page. Click the "hide" link next to any result and it will disappear so that you can more effectively sort through your results. zResearch organizes your folders into tabs at the top of your Space page.
Once in a folder, you can also manually add a link, add a post in which you can simply type information that you know which will show up in the folder, or you can add a file straight from your computer. Any member of the Space can revise a file that anyone else has uploaded to the Space and upload their revision as well. You will still be able to access the original file if necessary even when the revision has been uploaded.
You can edit the name of your folder or delete it if it is not useful to you any longer. You can also reorder the folder tabs on the top of your Space page by clicking on one and dragging it to the place you want it to be.
You can use the "Add to zResearch" button as an easy, effective way to add useful content from anywhere on the Web directly into your Spaces on zResearch.
Follow the directions based on your web browser on the "Add to zResearch" page to bookmark the button. If you are on a webpage that seems relevant to one of your research projects, simply click the "Add to zResearch" button and you will be able to select a Space and a folder to save the webpage into, effectively allowing you to save and share information in your Spaces from anywhere on the Web.
The Collaborative Effort
Spaces are especially unique and efficient in that they allow you to collaborate with trusted people and teammates on your research. On the side of your Space, you will find an option to "Invite Friends to Search." Click on it and you will be able to do just that. Go to your Dashboard to see and respond to invitations from friends.
zResearch offers you the option to converse in real-time with members of your Space. You can use the Team Chat facility. Click the "Team Chat" button under your list of teammates and you will immediately be able to discuss your research with anybody who is online. Even if you are offline, though, when you return to your Space, you will be able to read what your teammates discussed in the Team Chat while you were gone.
Along with this, zResearch makes it especially easy to collaborate even asynchronously through the option of social actions on saved items. When anybody in a Space saves an item into a folder, all members of the Space can "like" the item or comment on the item, allowing for effective conversation and collaboration on research items and sources. Whenever anybody likes or comments on an item, you will automatically be notified of the action by a little bubble on your Space screen.
Every Space contains a Stream. Similar to the Facebook Newsfeed, the Stream updates every time anybody in the Space saves an item into it, makes a post, comments on an item, or makes any sort of change.
The side of your Space page also has a "Recent Activity" feed. Every time anybody in the Space comments on something, moves something, adds something, updates something, or makes any sort of change in the Space at all, the Recent Activity feed notifies you.
Next to the query box, you can hover over "Past Searches" to view past queries through which any member of the Space has found useful information.
Creating and Using Groups
Creating a Group
zResearch enables you to organize research spaces into Groups which can be used for a department, project, etc. To create a Group, go to your Dashboard and to the side, you will be able to see a button that says "Create Group." Click on it and you will be able to specify the group name, purpose, subject, description, etc.
Inviting Members to a Group
Once your Group has been created, you will see that on the side, you can find a list of the Administrators and a list of the Members. To invite trusted friends to a Group, click on the "Manage" link next to "Members" and you will be able to invite friends through e-mail, just as you would invite them to a Space. The invitations will be found on the Dashboard.
Working with Spaces in a Group
zResearch allows you to create as many Spaces as you wish within a Group. For example, if you have a Group on "Health," your Spaces may deal with different disorders and diseases like Alzheimer's, cancer, diabetes, etc. These Spaces act like any other, but only members of the Group will be able to be members of the Spaces within a Group. Once within a Space, you have the option of keeping the Space public to all members of the Group or you can make it private to members of the Space.
Managing Personal Settings
Click on your username in the top right-hand corner to manage your account settings. There, you can change your name, change your icon, change your password, and update your email addresses.
Click "Contacts" next to your username in the top right-hand corner to manage your contacts. There, you can manually add any contact to your zResearch account or import contacts from different e-mail accounts like Gmail, Yahoo, Outlook, etc. Having contacts in your zResearch account gives you another way to add your trusted friends to your Spaces.