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by webadmin last modified Jan 10, 2013 10:00 AM

How do I view the Portal in an alternate language?

Content may be wholly or partially viewed in languages other than English.
1. To change the language from the English default, locate the flags icons below the document action icons.

If the content is available in a language other than the default language, a flag will appear that represents the language translation. Click the flag icon to view the alternate language.

2. If a flag is grayed out, the content of the document is not available in the alternate language.

3. Note that often the shell of the portal (banner, menus, tabs, etc.) may have been translated but actual content may not have been translated.

4. Requests for translations can be sent to the portal administrator at info@rmportal.net. Translations are prioritized by the portal librarian staff, and are dependent on budget and staff availability.

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How Do I search for content?

You can use the Search Portlet, Advanced Search, the Browse By, Partner Search and the Library Catalogue Site-map.

To search for content within the portal, click in the Search Portlet, located in the top left portal column for content indexed by keyword, title, description, and the text of entire Microsoft Word and Adobe Acrobat documents. Click Advanced Search for more detailed searching options.

Use the Browse By links in the upper upper left column to search portal content in a way that fits your research style. You may browse the portal content collection by theme, keyword, title, language, date posted, portal content type, library catalog, group, and by geographic region.

The Partner Search tool enables you to search across our partner websites without leaving the Portal. Using external search technology the Partner Search tool brings back actual documents (PDFs, Word, PowerPoint) as well as relevant weblinks and html pages.

The Library Sitemap is an index of the Portal Library collections

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How do I add content?

A logged in member can add content in different areas of the Portal: News, Tools, Library,Training, Links, Forums, Group area, and in your Personal Folder. Content uploaded to the Portal is by default private. You can make the Content visible to members or the public in your personal folder, groups where you have permission, and through a review process in the Portal Public Spaces.

To add content, you will see a navigation bar starting with Contents, View, Edit, and Properties.
contents tab
Click on the Contents tab to enter the contents area. You can think of the area as your  “filing cabinet.”

Now click on the add item dropdown menu, located at the top right of the navigation  bar.
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How do I create a web page?

Click on the Add Item Tab and select page.
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Every page is composed of the following three main sections:

1. Title: The phrase you put here appears as the headline at the top of the page. This field is required; it should be descriptive and not too long.

2. Description: This is a short lead-in to the page -- a good description of what the page is all about. It usually appears after the title of the page but before the body text. It isn't required, but we strongly encourage you to use this field, because you will see it in other places such as:

  • in search result listings
  • as a pop-up when you hold your mouse over this item when seen in the navigation
  • in newsfeeds (called RSS feeds)

3. Body Text: This is the main text of the page. In the Portal you will use a built-in webpage editor called Kupu to format the page content. It saves you from having to know HTML to create webpages (although if you like, you can also edit the HTML directly). Kupu works a lot like a word processor so that you can type or paste in your content, and then use a set of tools to format it.

For More detailed information on how to use the Kupu Webeditor See:

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How do I find my personal space?

Click on the My Folder tab next to your name in the upper right hand side of the page under the banner.

For more indepth information on setting up your personal space:

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How do I find my Group?

Click on the Group tab and scroll down to see your group or click on the My Groups tab in the top right navigation bar near your name.

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Click on the group you wish to visit. You will see the Contents tab in the navigation bar and be able to work in your group.
contents tab
For an illustrated example visit the Group FAQ.

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How do I add a Group?

To request a Group please contact the Portal Administrator or the Group Coordinator for assistance.

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How do I create a smartfolder?

Click on the Add Item Tab and select smart folder.

A smartfolder is different than a typical folder on the portal. With a smart folder you don’t manually put files in the folder. A smart folder uses search criteria to automatically and continuously gather files into its folder. So when you open up a smartfolder, you will see all the files and content placed on the portal related to the criteria you have designated. Criteria can include: keyword, date, content type, etc. You can set several types of criteria in one window, after you click add, you can continue adding different types of criteria.

For more in-depth information on Smart Folders:

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How do I access online Help, Videos, and step-by-step support?

Visit the Portal Help section, view our brief Howto videos, or use the Portal Illustrated Web Course in English, Spanish, Portuguese, or French.

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How do I email the Portal Administrator for help?

Email the Portal Administrator at info@rmportal.net.

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How do I request live (chat) help in English, Portuguese, Spanish and French?

The Portal uses Skype for audio and multilingual chat support. Email the Portal Administrator for details on this service.

For more indepth information on Live Chat:

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