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  • What's special about Q-Sensei?

    Q-Sensei pools and processes a vast amount of information from the Internet and makes it better accessible to its users with its patented Search and Presentation engine. Search results are displayed clearly and comprehensively while cross references with rich content enable the user to gain more insight and understand search results in a larger context.
    More information is available at www.qsensei.com.
  • How can I search with Q-Sensei?

    Starting a search with Q-Sensei is simple. Just enter a search term. The initial results of the search will be displayed on the following page along with search suggestions, which help to focus and refine your search. These search suggestions act as filters and can be used in any combination. Additional keyword searches narrow down the search results as well.
  • What does Q-Sensei mean?

    Q-Sensei is an invented word, which expresses an inner conviction and a principle that derive from the traditional Japanese word "Sensei". A Sensei is a person with comprehensive experience, which he uses to guide others on their path and support them as they gain experience. Similar to the idea of a mentor, a "Sensei" has mastered the concepts of learning and teaching as he attentively guides his students. He is ever sensitive to their needs and values their abilities and strengths. Always striving to do his best for others, he dedicates himself to solving problems and overcoming obstacles. He sees what others do not see and fully explores all aspects of a topic in which he is involved, all the while sharing his insights with those around him. His virtues are friendship, humility, and foresight. Q-Sensei shares these ideals and considers them to be paramount to its own mission. Give it a try and discover the similarities.


  • Why should I create an account?

    Creating an account at Q-Sensei enables you to personalize your search. You can use several tools, such as create and manage multiple Watch Lists or you can save the searches you have made. Additionally, an account gives you an overview of your changes and reviews as well as your recent searches and recently viewed items. Furthermore, if you are logged in to your account, your username will be displayed in connection with an edit to a record.

    We are working on expanding the features that an account provides to give you a more personalized search experience and the possibility to work with information more efficiently.
  • How can I create an account at Q-Sensei?

    Follow the "Login" link at the top of the page, then click on "Register". Simply fill in the information and confirm your registration by clicking on the link in the e-mail that we send to you. Registration at Q-Sensei is free of charge.

    You can also use your OpenID to log in to Q-Sensei. Therefore, no registration on Q-Sensei is needed. For more information about OpenID, visit www.openid.net.

Editing Records

  • Why can I edit records?

    The ability to edit records allows you to add your knowledge to pre-existing information. This is the community interaction which sets Q-Sensei apart from other search engines and creates the high quality information you and the community need.
  • How do I edit details of a record?

    You find an "Edit" link on the details page of every record. You can use this link to edit information of the record, such as metadata, summary, or keywords. Editing any of these information will create a new version of the record. It is also possible to comment on your changes. Be sure to save your changes when you’re finished.
  • Can I reverse changes to a record?

    If you notice changes of a record that are unfitting, incorrect or do not follow our rules of conduct, you can restore a prior version of the record. Follow the "All Versions" link, which is located at the bottom of the page and choose an older version. The details page of the older record will open and there you will find a "Restore Version" link. You must then confirm that you want to restore the older version of the record. Please be aware that the last version will not be deleted but rather stored in the version history. Should you find content which violates the Terms of Use please report it immediately – we will then examine and, if necessary, completely delete the content.
  • How can I add reviews?

    On every details page, there is an "Add Review" link. If you click on this link, a record field will appear where you can enter your review. Click the “Save” button and your review will appear on the details page.
  • What are versions?

    Each time a change has been made to a record, a copy of the record is saved under a new version number. Older versions of the record are saved in the version history. The advantage of this is that all users can see all changes that have been made to a record over time. Older versions can also be restored in order to reverse changes.
  • How can I compare versions?

    Comparing versions is a useful way to see how a record changed over time. To compare versions, simply click on the “View Complete Version History” link. On the version history page, you can easily select two versions to compare. In the newer version, new information is shown in green while deleted information is shown crossed out and in red.
  • What are Latest Changes?

    The Latest Changes feature tracks changes that have recently been made on Q-Sensei. This tool helps you to get a quick overview of recent edits on the site.

Tools und Features

  • What is a Watch List?

    The Watch List is a feature that you can use to save your favorite records. If you find interesting material that you don't want to forget, you can save it to your Watch List. To create and manage multiple Watch Lists you have to log in at Q-Sensei.
  • How can I add records to a Watch List?

    To add a record to your Watch List, just click on the paperclip next to an entry in the results page or on the "Add to Watch List" link on the right side of the details page of the record. If you are logged in, you can choose the Watch List in which the record should be saved or you can create a new Watch List for the record.
  • How many Watch Lists can I create?

    You can create as many Watch Lists as you want.
  • Can other users see my Watch List?

    No. Your Watch List is only visible to you. If you share a computer, others might be able to see your Watch List.
  • What are Saved Searches?

    Q-Sensei allows you to save any search that you have made. Saving searches allows you to keep track of various search criteria, such as keywords, authors or journals, and recall them later. You have to log in at Q-Sensei in order to save your searches
  • How can I save my searches?

    If you have entered a search term into the search field or selected search suggestions, you will find the link "Save this Search" in the "Selected Attributes" box right to the search results. After clicking on this link, you are able to enter a title and a description and save your search.
  • How many Searches can I save?

    You can save as many Searches as you want.
  • Can other users see my Saved Searches?

    No. Your saved searches are only visible to you.
  • What are Recent Searches?

    The Recent Searches page lists the terms you have recently searched for. This feature allows you to redo your previous searches without having to re-enter the information.
  • Can other users see my Recent Searches?

    No. Your Recent Searches are only visible to you.
  • How can I keep track of changes to a record?

    If you want to keep up to date about reviews of an article or if you want to be informed if a user changes a specific record, you can conveniently subscribe to an RSS feed of updates of the article. It's a useful feature e.g. if you are the author of an article.


  • What are widgets?

    A widget is essentially a small application, which you can add to your webpage. The widget, once uploaded, updates itself automatically and operates independently from the rest of the website. This enables your users to enjoy third-party features and functions without having to navigate away from your webpage. Simply put, using widgets is a quick and easy way of adding useful tools to your website, making it more diverse and multifunctional.
  • What kinds of widgets does Q-Sensei offer?

    Q-Sensei is currently offering 3 different widgets. The basic idea of these widgets is to work with "Q-Senseified" information on your website.

    Search Field Widget
    By adding a Search Field Widget to your website or blog, users will be able to start a search on Q-Sensei directly from your webpage. You can fully customize searches and predefine for example a certain topic or time frame, in which you want your users to search in.

    High Quality Content for Your Website

    Want to help your website's users stay current on specific publications, authors or topics from this year? Just save your search and click on the "Create Widget" link on your "Saved Searches" page. Q-Sensei will keep your website's widget up-to-date by always showing the latest search results.

    Your Personal Watch List Widget

    Use this widget to display your favorite Watch Lists on your personal website. Any changes that you make in your Watch List on Q-Sensei will automatically appear on your website. This will help your users to stay in the know about a certain topic or author.
  • What do I have to install on my computer or server in order to use Q-Sensei Widgets?

    Nothing: You just have to copy the corresponding widget's code into your HTML document. If you use an HTML editor (i.e. Microsoft Frontpage), be sure to copy the code directly into the source code of your HTML document. (Not the Preview-Mode)
  • How can I create a Search Field Widget?

    If you're already registered at Q-Sensei, you can easily create a Search Field Widget by following these steps:

    1. Choose the Search Field Widget from the widget overview page.
    2. Enter the title of the widget. If you want the search field to show results from a specific topic, you can choose one of your saved searches. Customize the appearance of the widget with the help of the given tools so that it matches your website's design.
    3. Click on the "Get Widget Code" button and copy the code into your HTML document.
  • How can I create a Widget that shows users the most current items for specific searches?

    In order to create a Saved Search Widget, you will need to register with Q-Sensei. You can then use your saved searches to create your widget by following these simple steps:

    1. Choose the search from your Saved Searches Page that you want to use for the widget and click "Create Widget".
    2. Enter the title of the widget. This will be the title shown on your website or blog. Customize the appearance of the widget with the given tools so that it matches your website's design.
    3. Click on the "Get Widget Code" button and copy the code into your HTML document.
  • How can I create a Watch List Widget?

    Log into Q-Sensei and follow these steps to create your Watch List Widget:

    1. Choose the Watch List from your Watch Lists Page that you want to use for the widget and click "Create Widget".
    2. Enter the title of the widget. This will be the title shown on your website or blog. For security reasons, you can enter the URL of the website that you intend to use the widget on, preventing it from being used on any other webpage. Customize the appearance of the widget with the given tools so that it matches your website's design.
    3. Click on the "Get Widget Code" button and copy the code into your HTML document.