If you are new to these tools you may want to start by looking at the What is Uexplore/Dexter? introduction and overview page.
A brief introduction to the basics of the Dexter data extraction module. Good for users who are just getting started. Includes a link to the video-based alternative module that does more than just tell you how it works, it actually shows you.
This is the ultimate reference resource for using the Dexter module. It is readily accessible from the Dexter query form (where the section header lines double as hyperlinks to the section of the Online help module related to that section.)
For those who, like us, prefer to learn mostly by looking at examples of how something works the xsamples collection of Dexter extraction examples may be the best place to start. These mini-tutorials are uniformly structured, displayed and explained. They include links to sample output as well as to the relevant data directories (using Uexplore), data sets, metadata and saved queries. The directory page provides an overview to help you find an example that deals with a specific kind of data set or Dexter feature that may be of interest. The 2010 subcollection takes a more sophisticated approach using a frames-based display and many more links. Highly recommended.
The Rankster post-processer module makes it relatively easy to produce files and reports with rankings assigned. The tutorial is mostly just video examples of typical rankster runs.
This is a good introductory module that provides useful information about key aspects of the data archive. Recommended reading for anyone trying to get a handle on what data are available and how they are organized and named.
These are helpful and important resources. But they were created (circa 2005-2007) primarily for use in a workshop setting where they would be augmented with instructor comments and hands-on practice sessions. Be sure to view the presenter notes.
Note: These modules can be easily transormed into pdf files for users who do not have Powerpoint or would like to avoid the overhead of downloading such large modules. Please contact the author (link at bottom of page) to request the pdf format.