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Help document for Faculty / Students using the CIDEC Research and Development Database:


Help document for Staff / Editors using the CIDEC Research and Development Database:



CIDEC R&D Database for Faculty and Students

  • The database can be accessed via the main CIDEC website - www.oise.utoronto.ca/cidec, click on "Resources", then "CIDEC R&D Database".
  • Anyone can search keywords and view titles without a UTORid.
  • A valid UTORid is required to access the content of the database.


How-to section


1. Logging in to access the content of the database:

  • The CIDEC R&D Database menu will always have a “Login” button
  • You need a valid UTORid (www.utorid.utoronto.ca)
  • If you have already logged into a UTORid service that uses weblogin (like Blackboard/UofT Portal), you will already be successfully authenticated and do no need to login again.


2. Searching the Database without logging in:

  • Anyone can access the Keyword Search field without logging in.  These search results will provide the title, typically in APA format, so if available you can find the resource from an external source. The [show details] link will provide basic details - keywords, year and file format.  A [login to access the resource] link will allow you to access the resource provided you have a valid UTORid.


3. Search options & sorting the search results:

  • The CIDEC R&D Database is driven by a simple keyword search.
  • The default sort is by relevance (most frequent and most important keywords found).
  • You can also sort by date – either before or after generating your search results.
  • You can modify how many search results are displayed per page.


4. Accessing the resources in the search results

  • The resources are displayed by title.  The title is generally in APA format.  If you wish, you can use this information to conduct further searches, either within CIDEC or external web searches.
  • There are 2 main types of resources – a web link or a file.help4
    • [get link] - If your resource shows [get link] then your resource is a URL to a website.  The link may be an OISE website, or an external site. 
    • [download] – If your resource shows [download] then your resource is a downloadable file.  The file type may be a PDF, word document, multimedia file, or other. 
  • If you want to know more information about a resource before accessing it, there is a [show details] option available.
    • [show details] may include information like:
      • The URL address to the resource
      • File type and file size (this information may be useful before downloading).
      • Date information
      • Other keywords associated with that resource


5. Understanding the search results:

  • help5Search results are grouped by a Category. Categories can be things like Books, Curriculum Resources, Journal Articles, Thesis, Dissertations, Videos, Multimedia, etc.
  • The categories are listed in alphabetical order, per page.
  • Changing the “Results per page” will alter how the search results are displayed to you.
    • TIP: scroll down the entire page to view all relevant results, not just the results displayed near the top.
  • Examples:
    • If your search returns 10 results, but the most relevant result is in the video category, then videos will be displayed alphabetically near the bottom of the page.
    • If your search returns 10 results which include 9 books and 1 video, the 9 books will be ranked by relevance within in the books category.
    • If your search returns 40 results (showing 10 per page), the 10 most relevant will be shown on the first page.  If a video is the most relevant, it will be displayed near at the bottom of the page in the video category.
    • If your search returns 40 results (showing 40 per page), all 40 will be shown on the first page.  If a video is the most relevant, it will still be displayed near at the bottom of the page.  If there is only one book and it is the 39th most relevant, it will be displayed near the top of the page in the Book category.


Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

Q) My computer won’t open the resource file?

A) Resources in the CIDEC database may be of a variety of file types – PDF documents, Word documents, Video files, Audio files.  Your web browser determines how each file type is opened when you click on [download]. For example, some browsers will open PDF files in the Adobe PDF reader program, some will display the PDF in the browser window, while others will ask you to save the PDF file to your computer.  There is no way to determine how your individual computer may handle the file.

The best thing to do if the file won’t open, it to right-click (or CTRL-click for MAC) on the on [download] and select “save as” or “save file as”, and save the file to your desktop and then manually open the file from there.


Q) What boolean search operators can I use?

  • Results will have all keywords identified (boolean search is AND, not OR).
    • The first word you type will garner the most relevance.
  • You can use “quotes” to search an exact term or search string
  • You can use + to force all, or use – for ‘not’.
  • Asterisk * to wildcard search (eg. Global* will find Globalization, Globalized, etc.)  


Q) I have a resource that I would like added to the database, how can I include it?

A) Members of the CIDEC community at OISE (Faculty, Staff and Students) have access to the Resource Manager and MetaData Manager.  Please consult the Help section for instructions on those options or contact the CIDEC office (cidec.oise@utoronto.ca).


Q) Can I share an entire page of search results?

A) In some cases you may wish to share all of the search results with colleagues or students, rather than sharing each individual resource one at a time.  At the top of the search results, there is a link called “This is the web page link to generate the results on this page”.  This link is available to copy and share with or without a UTORid login.


Q) How do I log out?

A) There is a Logout button in the top database menu, however you will still need to completely close your browser session to completely log out of your UTORid.  Other UofT services that use UTORid like Blackboard Portal work the same way.  If you do not close your browser, you could for example go to the Blackboard site and be still logged in.


Q) Something won’t work, or I have another question – how do I get help?

A) Check with the CIDEC office: cidec.oise@utoronto.ca






Archive of former help document:

Instructions (pdf)



CIDEC Research and Development Database Terms of Use


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