* Projects uploaded to the site may not have been reviewed by any professor, student, or faculty member besides the author of the post.

User's Manual


Table of Contents

I. Overview
II. Sign Up
III. Sign In
IV. Search Projects
V. Upload Projects
VI. Top Toolbar Options
     a. Home Link
     b. Help Link
     c. Profile Link
     d. Account Link

I. Overview:
The mission of the Tufts Project Database is to enhance on campus student projects (particularly those related to sustainability) by providing students with the means to view each other's work and learn from previous projects. We have constructed a web application, hosted on a Tufts Linux server, allowing users to upload and search for one another’s projects.

II. Sign Up:
The first step to using the Tufts Project Database is to create an account. This will allow you to upload projects to the database as well as access other user’s projects that have been uploaded. The link to sign up for an account is directly under the sign in button on the center of the welcome page:

Welcome Page Figure 1: Welcome page when not signed in

On the sign up page, fill in the blank fields such as first name, last name, Tufts email, password, and password confirmation. Note that the email provided must be an email address ending in @Tufts.edu. This email account must also be confirmed before attempting to sign in.

Lastly, agree to the Terms of Agreement message at the bottom of the sign up page before creating an account. The Terms of Agreement is the following:
By accepting these terms of agreement, you agree that Tufts is not responsible for the content posted to the website. You may not redistribute any content from the website unless you obtain permission from the content's owner or are otherwise permitted by law. Projects uploaded to the website may not have been reviewed by any professor, student, or faculty member at the university besides the author of the post. If the website is used inappropriately, we reserve all rights to edit and delete projects as well as delete accounts from the database.

*Note: To obtain professor privileges for the site please contact Tina Woolston: tina.woolston@tufts.edu.

III. Sign In:
In order to sign in to the Tufts Project Database website, click on the button labeled “Sign in” on the welcome page of the site as shown in figure 1. Once redirected to the sign in page, enter a confirmed email address and password. Checking the “Remember me” checkbox will allow save the username and password entered. Click the sign in button to submit the information and enter the site.

Other options on the sign in page include:
     1. Sign up link: This redirects users to the sign up page.
     2. Forgot your password? link- This allows users to retrieve their
     password linked to their Tufts email.
     3. Didn’t receive confirmation instructions? link- This allows users
     to request instructions about how to confirm their account once it
     is already created.

IV. Search Projects:
On the website’s homepage, click the blue search projects button to be redirected to the search page:

Homepage Figure 2: Homepage when signed in

Specify the various fields in which all projects in the database will be filtered by. The most basic fields that are available to filter by are project title, professor, department, and keywords. In order to filter the projects by more advanced fields, click the advanced search link.

Once all fields have been entered, click the search button to filter the projects.

Search Component Figure 3: Search Component

The filtered projects are displayed below the search component. They are organized by semester and alphabetically by title. If no filters are specified in the search component, then all projects in the database will be shown.

Project Display Figure 4: Filtered Project Display

To view a specific project, click on the title of the project. This will bring up the project in a separate tab on the browser.

To view an author’s profile and other projects that they have uploaded, click on the author’s name. Not all authors have their own profile, since a professor or admin may have uploaded a project on behalf of someone else. An author with a profile will be indicated as a blue link as shown in figure 4.

V. Upload Projects:
Upload a project by clicking the blue upload projects button on the homepage as shown in figure 2. Enter the fields that correspond to the project being uploading. Fields containing a * next to them indicate that the field is required in order to upload the project.

When all fields are done being entered, click the create button at the bottom of the upload form. After this is clicked, either error messages will appear with a prompt on how to fix them or it will indicate that the project has been uploaded successfully.

*Note: The difference between a professor account and a general account is that a professor has an extra field on the upload page for “Author’s Name”. This is because the professor has the option of uploading projects on behalf of other people.

IV. Top Toolbar Options:
The toolbar at the top of the website contains multiple links corresponding to different pages of the website. When signed in to the site, the toolbar displays the following:

Top Toolbar Options Figure 5: Top Toolbar Options

     a. Home Link
     The home link redirects to the homepage of the website as shown      in figure 2.
     b. Help Link
     The help link redirects to the help page. The help page contains
     information about what to do if the user needs help
     troubleshooting errors with the website.
     c. Profile Link
     The profile link redirects to a user’s profile page. The profile page
     indicates the projects that have been uploaded to the site by the
     user. A profile page looks like the following:

Profile Page Figure 6: Profile Page

To edit or delete a project, click on the specific project the profile page. This redirects to a page containing more specific information about the project and the option to edit or delete the project as shown in figure 7.

Project Information Figure 7: Project Information

     d. Account Link
     The account link is a dropdown menu with two options: Settings
     and Sign out.

Account Dropdown Menu Figure 8: Account Dropdown Menu

Click on the settings option to be redirected to a page containing various ways to change information corresponding to your account. Options include:
     1. Changing first and last name
     2. Changing password
     3. Cancelling an account

To change a name or password, simply enter the new name or password and click the update button to update the information about the account.

To sign out of the website, click the sign out link in the dropdown menu of the accounts link shown in figure 8.