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Save your Data at a Library Research Computer

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Use Email

  • Many of the research databases available at Library computers will let you email data to yourself right from an "Email Option" within the particular search interface. Check in the database's online help, or ask the nearest reference librarian, if you are not sure how to find or use the database's Email Option.
  • Even if the database does not have an obvious Email Option, you can still mail documents to yourself by following these steps:
    1. On the Web browser's menu bar, click on File ==> Save Page As, and save the file to the Library computer's hard-drive, in the default My Documents folder.
    2. Then connect to your Queen's Email account on the web (log in to Queen's Mail) or to any other web email account you may have.
    3. Send an email to yourself, with the saved file as an Attachment to the message.
  • You also can create, edit and save files using MS Office (i.e. Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Access), Notepad, WordPad, etc. and subsequently email these documents to yourself, using the steps listed above.

Use a USB Data Device

  • On all Library computers, there are at least 2 USB ports on the front of the computer (as well as additional ports on the back of the computer).
  • There are many storage devices (often called "USB data keys") on the market today which are designed to connect to a PC using the PC's USB port. We recommend that all patrons save their files to a USB data device: this preferred medium can store much larger and more files than a diskette or CD, and is less fragile.
  • Memory Card Reader: (at Stauffer Library - 3 hour loan)

    If you need to access research data, for example, pictures taken on your camera, which you have stored on a memory card (e.g. an SD card, a CF card, etc.), you can borrow a multi-format memory card reader from the Stauffer Circulation Desk: check availability. With the card reader in hand, plug in your card and then open your data files at any of the Stauffer Library Research Stations.

Use the "P" Drive at NetID Login Stations

Most of the research computers in each campus library offer the option of logging in with your Queen's NetID [feature available to Queen's students, faculty and staff only]. Once logged in, you can save your files to the "P" drive:

  • These files will remain on your P drive for the duration of the academic year.
  • There is a 50 MB limit to the file space available in your P drive. Some file types are blocked (for example, movies and music) as these files will eat up your personal disk space too quickly.
  • The files in your P drive are private to you and not accessible by other NetID users (with the exception of the Library's Active Directory Server Administrators).

Use QShare

Queen's faculty, staff and students automatically have access to 200 MB of file storage space on the Queen's central file storage system known as QShare.

Frequently Asked Questions

Last Updated: 01 November 2012