Report:Dialog Product Suite/Common Ways to Access/Individual System Details/DialogSelect
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Similarly to Dialog1, DialogSelect is aimed at less experienced end-users rather than professional patent searchers or information professionals. DialogSelect is broken up into content channels, each of which has its own unique web address and can be accessed either directly or through the main DialogSelect website. For example, a user who wants to search Pharmaceutical related information could go straight to the DialogPharma channel within DialogSelect and perhaps never even see or need to worry about the other channels. This simplifies the experience for users and organizations who may only be interested in a subset of the several vertically organized information channels available through DialogSelect.
Similar in function to DialogPRO and Dialog1, DialogSelect gives the user a variety of topic-specific search forms to choose from. Listed at the bottom of each form are the specific sources that will be accessed during the course of the search.
DialogSelect is very similar to Dialog1 and DialogPRO in that after a search query is submitted, the user sees the same ‘Searching…” screen followed by the same Dialog results listing.
DialogSelect offers users two different access options: Subscriber Access and Open Access.
DialogSelect Subscriber Access
Subscriber Access offers users a subscription-based pricing plan and also a larger set of searchable content than is available through Open Access, particularly in the area of Intellectual Property. DialogSelect Subscriber Access also comes with a lower price per document accessed fee than Open Access. Users who choose Subscriber Access are granted a permanent Dialog User ID and password, which also allows them to access other Dialog services. Also available under the Subscriber Access plan are flat fee plans and enterprise-wide contracts. The Dialog Home interface can be seen in the screenshot below.
Content channels available through DialogSelect can be found in the appendix of this article.
DialogSelect Open Access
Alternatively, users who choose the Open Access option only need a credit card to get started. There are no minimum charges, monthly fees, or passwords involved when using Open Access. Conducting searches and displaying title lists of search results is free. Users pay only to download or display full titles.
Search categories available through DialogSelect Open Access can be found in the appendix of this article.
In DialogSelect Open Access, prices are listed next to each title and a counter at the top keeps track of the total cost of any selected titles. From here, the user can choose the "Purchase Selections" button and then sign in to purchase the selected titles with a credit card.