Proquest databases - tips and tricks
|This is the front page design for all ProQuest databases. You can do a quick search by just typing your keywords in the Basic Search box.|
|Odum Library recommends clicking on Advanced Search, located under the search bar, when doing any type of scholarly research.|
|Below the search bar is a description of what the database is and contains. There will often be thumbnail pictures related to the database to the right hand side of the description.|
|This is the ProQuest Advanced Search page. You can add extra rows below the search boxes. In the "Limit to:" section, you can limit your search by document type, source type, and language. Check "Peer-Reviewed" to only search for articles in peer-reviewed journals.|
|Think of each search box as a concept - if you have alternative terms for your concept, connect them by using "or." In this example, we are looking for weight lifting, but we also included "weight training" by using "or."|
|To the right hand side, there are many more searching options, including a thesaurus for subjects and a way to search within a subject area.|
This is the ProQuest Search Results List page. On the left hand side, you can see the results list, along with many options. Mouse over "Preview" to get a glimpse of what's in the document before clicking on it.
There are options within the list page to add items to your personal ProQuest account folders, email citations, get citations for each item in a certain style, and export them to a citation manager such as RefWorks or EndNote.
To the right side, there are many list filtering options, including different ways to sort the list, narrowing results by type, subject, location, etc. There is also a publication date slider that includes the number of documents in the list by decade.
|This is a view of a full citation for a journal article. On the top of the page, there are options to email, print, export, save, and tag the citation. The Cite This button puts the journal citation in a certain style automatically.|
|If an article is not available in full-text in this database, the Find It button is located here - click on it to search throughout VSU's electronic and print holdings, or order the article through Interlibrary Loan with the "ILL-Odum Express" link if VSU does not have it.|
|There is a Share button that lets you share the article with other researchers through Facebook, Twitter, and more. The More Like This button on the right hand side displays articles related to the current article.|