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Get Started with COS Pivot


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Get Started with COS Pivot

What is Pivot?

Pivot combines the best of the former Community of Science (COS) Funding Opportunities with the COS Scholar Universe using intelligent mapping features to advance matching your scholarly interests with funding opportunities and collaboration with other scholars.  

  • Pivot provides access to the funding opportunities around the world across a disciplines.  Pivot functions as a searchable database and gives you access to funding sources in the billions of dollars, including private, public, philanthropic, corporate, and international sources.
  • Pivot identifies scholarly research expertise nationally and internationally through the Scholars Universe profiles.  By using Scholars Universe tool you can identify funding trends for discipline specific research interests and find collaborators.

How do I access Pivot?

Faculty and Staff at UW-Superior can access Pivot one of two ways:

1)     IP Access

From any on-campus computer, a user can go right to http://pivot.cos.com.  Because our institution's IP addresses will be recognized by Pivot, WU-Superior can start searching for funding or faculty profiles right away.

2)     Username and Password

Faculty and staff can log in at http://pivot.cos.com with a Pivot username and password anytime, anywhere.  Logging in this way will take the user to his or her Pivot homepage.  From their homepage, they can manage active or tracked funding opportunities, saved searches, shared opportunities, etc., and start searching for funding or scholars.  Username and password access is necessary when a) a user is off-campus, or b) when a user needs to save a funding record or funding search.  UW-Superior faculty and staff who had a former cos.com username and password can use that information to access Pivot.  All saved, searched, and tracked records are transferred to your new Pivot account.

Creating a new Pivot account is easy - UW-Superior users can go to http://pivot.cos.com and click the "Sign up" option in the upper right of the screen.  The researcher/user will gain access to Pivot by indicating he or she is affiliated with our institution.

Pivot Profiles for UW-Superior Faculty and Staff

As a new Pivot subscriber, UW-Superior has been reviewed for our teaching and scholarly work as an institution of higher education.  Pivot's Scholars Universe includes 157 faculty profiles from UW-Superior.

If users do not have a profile you can create one by clicking on the "Suggest a scholar" link on the Claim Profile page and follow the steps to create the beginnings of their profile.  If you have a profile, follow the links to update their profile.

More information on creating and updating profiles can be found in the Getting Started section of the Support page in Pivot and on the PIVOT YouTube channel.

Training

A training schedule for COS Pivot can be found at www.refworks-cos.com/training and clicking on COS Pivot (for user training).  Recorded webinars are excellent and take around 30 minutes.  They are readily accessed from COS Pivot by clicking on the Support tab.  Click on the upcoming training and recorded webinars link(s) on the Support tab to view the various training sessions.

COS Pivot has also posted helpful videos on their YouTube Channel.  New videos will be added periodically.

A wealth of other resources and training materials lie in the Pivot Tool Kit.  Click on "support" to access these tools.

Support

Lanie Carter is our COS Client Services representative.  She is happy to help UW-Superior with any questions or issues that arise.  She can be contacted at Lanie.Carter@refworks-cos.com or 443-573-2859.

The Technical Services team is also available to assist UW-Superior users with any issues that come up while using COS Pivot.  Click on the Support tab from the Pivot homepage to reach our support desk or email them at Support@refworks-cos.com.  Extensive help documentation is also available in the Support area.


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