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What's New in SPIN

The following are the new features available in SPIN and other Search Engines:
  • SQL Server Engine: SPIN's use of the new high power database has significantly enhanced its search performance.
  • Improved Layout and Functionality: We have redesigned the SPIN interface to make it more visually appealing and user friendly.
  • Simple Search Page: Allows users to perform free-text searches of the major sections of our database, such as title, abstracts and program details. Simply enter your search criteria and run a search. This is a free-text search only. It is not reserved for keywords.
  • Deadline Quick Search: You can run predefined searches by clicking on the date range: This week, This month, or Next month. This will display programs with upcoming deadlines.
  • New Programs Quick Search: Get a jump on submissions and find out what new programs have been added to SPIN. These predefined searches can be run by a quick click of your mouse.
  • Recent Modifications Quick Search: Find out what programs have been revised or updated in the last day, week or month. This is useful for tracking recent changes to existing programs.
  • New Sponsors Search: Find out what new sponsors have been added to our database and see what programs they have to offer.
  • Enhanced Advance Searching: You can now search on virtually every field in our database, including sponsor name, city, state, zip, contact names, email addresses, funding limits, deadline dates, etc. Want to search for all programs from federal sponsors with a specific zip code and funding amount? Well, now you can!
  • Keyword Rapid Search: Keywords in a SPIN program are now linked to searches using that keyword as its criteria. When you view a program, each program has a list of keywords. By clicking on any keyword, you now can automatically run a search to find other programs that contain that keyword.
  • Optimize Your Searches: You are now able to incorporate Boolean Logic within your search criteria.
  • Re-query Your Results: After performing an initial search, you can narrow your search by querying the results of your original search. You can repeat this as many times as you prefer.
  • Save Your Searches: SPIN users now have the ability to save an unlimited number of searches. After defining your advanced criteria, you can save this search and others. By setting up your personal profile, you can then save the details of your searches, and then reload them at your leisure. It may take time to build your searches, however once you have, you can conveniently reload and run them.
  • Email Search Results: Now you can have your searches run for you. When you save a search on the advanced search page, you can choose to have this search run for you every day, every week, or every month. The results of your searches will be emailed to you automatically.
  • Custom Results Ordering: You can now select how you would like to see your results displayed, by deadlines, revision dates, creation dates, program numbers, or sponsor names.
  • View All Results From A Search: You can now view all the results by clicking on the "next" link on the bottom of the results page. You are no longer limited to a specific number of results.
  • Improved Program Scanning: Now you can browse forward and backward through your search results. At the bottom of each page, you can move forward through the results, or back to previous pages for that search. There are navigation links on the bottom of each page.
  • Custom Reports: SPIN now allows you the flexibility to customize your report layout to include the fields that satisfy your search requirements.
  • Improved Help: New online help is available and has been expanded to be more comprehensive and informative. The help system is searchable and indexed to facilitate answers to questions.
  • New FAQs: FAQs are written and maintained on a daily basis by InfoEd's support team. Answers to our users' commonly asked questions will be added as we receive them.

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