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Digital Measures Input Strategy


      1. Your first look at the menu of options on the Digital Measures screen can be a bit daunting, given the numerous items. Keep in mind that not every item will apply to you, nor must they be all input in one sitting. Take a look at the Data Input Guide to see where the most applicable items are with respect to your background.
      2. Don't try to enter everything in one sitting. Instead, pick one item to start with that you have all of the information for at you fingertips -- like your education. This will give you an opportunity to become more familiar with the system. Once you finish entering your degrees, go ahead and select another category to complete.
      3. When entering items such as your publications, try to work backwards chronologically. That way, if you need to pause and begin working on the item later, you will always have the most recent (and pertinent) data entered first.
      4. When entering items like work history, consulting, etc. many of the data entry fields in Digital Measures prompt for exact dates. Finding exact dates can sometimes take a great deal of effort, especially for events that occurred several years ago. If the exact dates are not readily available, you can approximate the date instead using the beginning date for a particularly month or year.
      5. Take advantage of the Rapid Reports option (found at the bottom of the screen when you are inputting). Using Rapid Reports, you can quickly and easily produce a copy of your CV, Education, Teaching History, Awards, and many other items.  The reports are all produced in Microsoft Word for easy editing and printing.
      6. Take advantage of the Pasteboard option (found at the bottom of the screen when you are inputting). This option allows you to copy and paste content from other sources (word processing documents, web pages, etc.) into the the Pasteboard.Once the text is in the Pasteboard, you can select chunks of it an literally drag and drop them into the input fields. This can be an especially quick way to enter items such as article abstracts, etc.
      7. Have questions? Need help? Contact Elio Spinello at elio.spinello@csun.edu.