Public Web Portals

Public Web Portal

When a User arrives at a Public Web Portal, access is available to all the available databases and the:

  • Table of Contents
  • General Search function
  • Precise Search function

If User Registration is allowed, the new user is allowed to register to be able to access the User Preferences. Registration is easy, and is normally approved in less than one business day.

An example of one of our public portals that does not require or allow registration is the Federal Department of Transportation.  The Portal Home page looks like this:

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Opening Public Databases and Documents

Most web portals have multiple document databases listed on the Home Page. Document databases are opened by clicking the database title. Choose the document database you are interested in, and click that link. The portal for the Department of Transportation looks like this:

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If, for instance, you were interested in the Civil Aeronautics Regulations database, you would click that Title link. The document collection database will open. Some databases open directly to the TOC (Table of Contents).  If the database you are interested in does not open to the TOC, simply click the Contents tab.

The Civil Aeronautics Regulations TOC looks like this:

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If you click one of the folders, that folder will open to reveal another level of folders, if they exist. Continue to drill down until the list of documents is exposed.