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My Research Privacy Information

This section of our Privacy Policy more specifically describes some of the ways in which we may collect and use information you provide through your use of the platform and features located at http://search.proquest.com and related platforms, including the My Research section (collectively, the "Platform").

The information provided here is part of our Privacy Policy and should be read in conjunction with it and any applicable Terms Of Use or other Governing Agreement posted on the Site, all of which are incorporated herein, and all of which form your overall agreement with ProQuest. Certain terms herein are defined within the other sections of the Privacy Policy and we use them here for ease of reference.

The Platform

The Platform is a single online interface that allows users to search, access, store, and/or share ProQuest content, resources, and services across the various ProQuest products, databases and services (the "Products"). The Platform is intended for Authorized Users (as defined in other sections of our Privacy Policy or Terms of Use) of our Products and only select database products may be available on the Platform.

Your Privacy on the Platform & The Personal Information We Collect

Your privacy on the Platform, and the Personal Information you may choose to provide to us (and we will collect) will depend on the manner in which you choose to use the Platform, including the My Research section.

As with some of the other ProQuest Sites, some portions of the Platform can be accessed or used without entering any Personal Information and other portions or the Platform may require you to provide Personal Information in order to access and/or use certain services, features or benefits.

In addition to the terms and manners generally set forth in our Privacy Policy, we may collect and use the Personal Information you provide in connection with your use of the Platform in the following ways:

Platform Log In: You may be able to log into the Platform without providing any Personal Information if you are logging in from an authenticated IP address such as from you subscribing Institution. In other instances, you may be required to log in to the Platform using a username and password. In some instances the username and password may be provided to you by your Institution. In other cases, you may choose to log in to the Platform with your username and password that you create through your "My Research Account" (discussed further herein). If you wish to link certain ProQuest accounts to the Platform, such as your RefWorks account, you may also be required to provide your login name, password and/or group code associated with that account.

My Research Area of the Platform & My Research Account: The My Research area of the Platform is a place where you can save, manage, and organize the stuff you find on or through the Platform or ProQuest Sites. Your "stuff" can include documents, searches, tags, shared lists, search alerts, RSS feeds, and more. Although you can access and use a portion of the My Research area without entering any Personal Information, you have the option of creating a My Research Account to take advantage of all of the available features (such as managing saved searches and document folders; creating shared lists, and tags; setting up preferences alerts and RSS feeds; and managing account information and preferences).

If you choose to create a My Research Account, you will be required to provide certain Personal Information such as your first and last name, email address, and/or Institution (some of which may be optional). You will also be required to create a user name and password that you will use to sign in to your My Research Account and access certain features.

If you are an employee of a subscribing Institution or if your company purchases access to the Platform and/or My Research Account on your behalf, your company and or subscribing Institution may, in accordance with applicable law and/or company policies, have certain rights regarding access, ownership and/or use of your my Research Account.

Public Profile: In order to use certain features of the Platform, such as sharing and tagging (which are discussed in more detail below), you must create and maintain a Public Profile ("Public Profile") through the Platform. When you create a Public Profile through the Platform, your Public Profile, may be viewable and searchable on or through the Platform by all users who have online access to the Platform (the "ProQuest Community"), as well as on or through the open World Wide Web by anyone and everyone who has online access (collectively, the "World Wide Web"). If you choose to create a Public Profile, we will collect the Personal Information you supply, such as your first and last name, Institution, title/role, email address, a written description about yourself, and website URL (your "Public Profile Information").

Please remember that any information you disclose in your Public Profile becomes public information and may be searchable and viewable by the entire ProQuest Community and on the open World Wide Web, and therefore you should exercise caution when deciding whether or not to disclose certain information about yourself in your Public Profile, and ProQuest is not responsible for any information you disclose in your Public Profile and the manner in which it may be used by third parties. Your Public Profile will contain the Public Profile Information that you supplied when you created your Public Profile, along with links corresponding to all of your shared content, including but not limited to your shared lists and shared tags as discussed further below (collectively "Shared Platform Content").

By way of example only, some or all portions of your Public Profile, including your Public Profile Information and Shared Platform Content may show up on searches conducted on the open World Wide Web, and may be used to generate links back to the Platform, the ProQuest Sites, your Public Profile and/or ProQuest’s goods and services. Some Public Profile Information is required when creating your Public Profile and other information is optional but in all cases you should think carefully about what information you provide in your Public Profile.

You may have the option of modifying or updating certain information contained in your Public Profile through you settings in your My Research Account. Keep in mind, however, that you may have no access or limited access to certain features otherwise available on the Platform if you choose not to supply certain information in your Public Profile.

Shared List & Tags: Within your My Research Account, you have the option of attaching tags to documents and creating lists of documents found through the Platform. If your Institution has allowed sharing, and you have created a Public Profile you can choose to share, and make publicly available, your tags and lists. Shared public tags may be viewed and searchable on or through the Platform by the ProQuest Community and on the World Wide Web, and ProQuest has the right, but not obligation to review and/or reject tags and may use automated technology to block or refuse certain tags.

In order to share your tags or shared lists, you must first create a Public Profile discussed above. Your shared tags or lists or other Shared Platform Content will become part of your Public Profile and may be publicly viewable and searchable. Keep in mind that if anyone, anywhere in the world, happens to pull up a document that you’ve tagged, or performs a search that matches a shared list that you created, that person will be able to see your tags and/or shared lists—and also your Public Profile. Please review our Public Profile section carefully prior to creating one so that you understand how your information will be used and/or made publicly available.

Emailing Documents: If you have a My Research Account, you have the option of emailing documents from within your account using the site’s internal messaging system. Please review the information set forth in our Privacy Policy under the section entitled "Emailing" for information we may collect and use.

Training Webinars: You may be able to register for training webinars through the Platform. Please review the information set forth in our Privacy Policy under the section entitled "Training Webinars" for information we may collect and use if you sign up for Training Webinars.

Ways In Which We May Use And/Or Disclose Your Information
Information you provide through the Platform is subject to use and/or disclosure by ProQuest consistent with the terms set forth in our Privacy Policy.

In addition to the manners set forth in the our Privacy Policy, we may use the Personal Information you provide through your use of the Platform (such as your email address or other Personal Information) to send offers and information to you about our products, services and promotions, including but not limited to offers to purchase our products or services (even after you have left or are not longer associated with your Institution) as well as to send you updates about the Platform and the ProQuest Sites. At any time, you may opt out of receiving promotional communications from us by following the directions at the bottom of the email message you receive from us or by using the form or directions located at http://www.proquest.com/go/unsubscribe. You may not be able to opt out of receiving administrative emails about the ProQuest Sites.

We may also use information about your use of the Platform and your My Research Account to track generally your research habits, including but not limited to databases used, accessed, or saved; keywords and search terms used, and/or your geographic location for marketing or other purposes, such as identifying broad trends, and then send you information about other databases, products, and services as well as offers to purchase our products or services.

Account Inactivity, Expiration and Deactivating Your ProQuest Platform Account

If you have not logged into the Platform or ProQuest Sites through your Institution for a prolonged period of time, your My Research Account may be subject to inactivation, in which case we may, but are not obligated to, notify you by email (using the address you have provided) with instructions on how to maintain your account. My Research accounts may be permanently closed after prolonged inactivity in our sole discretion, in which case you may lose access to all information contained in your my Research Account.

You may have the option of modifying or deactivating your Public Profile and/or your My Research Account (collectively, "Platform Account") by signing into your my Research Account and following the instructions provided but if you deactivate your My Research Account or choose not to provide certain information in your Public Profile, you will no longer have access to your My Research Account, Public Profile and/or certain features of the Platform. By deactivating your My Research Account, you also deactivate your Public Profile; however even after your Platform Account is deactivated, edited or modified, some or all of your information may still remain visible and/or searchable on or through the Platform or the World Wide Web, including but not limited to any information that has been: a) incorporated into others user’s content, comments, postings, submissions, and/or research; b) copied, stored or disseminated by other users; or c) shared or disseminated by you such as in public tags, public lists or Public Postings or Shared Content (as defined in our Privacy Policy).

We will attempt to process your request to deactivate your Platform Account promptly. A request to remove Personal Information from our databases will not result in the removal of information collected and already put in aggregate form or information that cannot be removed using reasonably commercial efforts. Moreover, as more fully explained in other sections of our Privacy Policy, please be aware that even after you deactivate or modify/edit your Platform Account, your information is never deleted in its entirety from our servers, as we may but, are not obligated to, retain backup copies of your information, including Personal Information, on our servers (and/or any authorized third party servers or databases we use).

Backup copies of your information, including your Personal Information, may be disclosed in accordance with this Privacy Policy; however you are solely responsible for saving all of your information, including but not limited to the contents of your My Research Account, your research and citations, your Shared Content and Public Profile Information, and ProQuest shall have no obligation to you in this regard, including but not limited to providing you with copies or backup copies of any information shared, created, used or maintained by you in connection with your use of the ProQuest Sites.

If your access to the Platform or your Platform Account is terminated, suspended, deleted or expires for any reason, you understand and agree that we may continue to retain copies of your information, including information contained in your My Research Account, Public Profile and any Shared Content, and we may use and/or disclose this information in accordance with the terms set forth in our Privacy Policy.

For further information about account deactivation on the ProQuest Sites, see our Privacy Policy.