What is a Script?

A script is a text file that contains a set of statements in the STN Express® Script Language that are executed by STN Express. The STN Express Script Language can be used to create:

  • Custom logon procedures

  • Custom search strategies

  • Procedures to automate repetitive search or display tasks.

For example, you may routinely perform a certain subject or author search on STN. Rather than logging on to STN and opening a transcript file to capture search results, searching multiple files, and then logging off and reviewing the transcript, you can use scripts to streamline the process. One script can log you on to STN, another can initiate the searches, and another script can display your answers. Alternatively, one script can perform all three tasks. Because the script runs automatically, without waiting for you to type, you may reduce your online time and costs.

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