ProQuest Research Library

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1 of 16Welcome to our ProQuest Research Library tutorial! This tutorial has been designed to familiarize you with ProQuest's databases. ProQuest offers databases that cover the following:


  • Business (ABI/INFORM)
  • News (Wall Street Journal and New York Times)
  • Dissertations and Theses
  • Linguistics
  • Public affairs
  • and more!

Use the arrows below to navigate through this tutorial.

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Searching by keyword is simple. But it helps to use multiple search boxes and words.

For example, search the word "smartphones".

About how many results do you get?

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Now let's add to our search. Click Modify search on the right under the search box.

Modify link

Type in the phrase "college students" in the 2nd search box.

search box

What happens to your search results?

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Ok, we have about 130 results now.

What if you are interested in not just "smartphones" and "college students" but a more specific aspect of this topic, but you're not sure if these 130 will help you...

One way to see what other topics or subjects covered by these articles is to use the Subject menu on the right.

Subject menu

Click the link Subject to open the menu.

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Click More Options to browse even more suggested Subjects.

more options link

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Now you should see a Subject window pop up.

The Subjects are listed next to the number of "Counts", i.e. the number of articles in your results about that subject.

You can Include or Exclude articles about different subjects. This is super useful.

Check the boxes under Include next to:

  • "studies"
  • "social networks"
  • Click Apply.

How many articles pertain to these two subjects?

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Now let's learn about other Limiters such as by Date or the Source Types.

Clear the subjects you selected by clicking Clear Subject at the top of your results:

Clear Subject link


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Now you should have about 130 or so results.

Often your professor will tell you to limit your sources to "Peer Reviewed" "Scholarly" or "Academic. To fulfill all these requirements you only need to click the Scholarly Journals or Peer Reviewed links.

Click Scholarly Journals under Source Type

scholarly journals link

How many results do you get?

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Maybe this time your professor didn't stress Peer Reviewed or Scholarly. Instead, (s)he told you to make sure your articles were recent, from the last five years.

Here's how to do that. First, clear the Scholarly Peer Reviewed Journals limiter by clicking the x next to the Scholarly Journals selection.

You should be back with the original set of articles.

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Scroll down and use the slider on the right to change the range of Publication date to 2010-2015.

Click Update.

How many results do you have now?

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11 of 16Ok, let's say we like some of these articles. Click on the title of one of the listings. There should be a link for one of the following:
  • Full text
  • Full text - PDF
  • Find it! SJU

Find the article titled "Teaching Chemistry Using Student-Created Videos and Photo Blogs Accessed with Smartphones and Two-Dimensional Barcodes"

Click the Find It Button underneath the article:

Find it button

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A new window should pop up.

Good news! We subscribe to this journal in another database! Click the Go button Go button to access the full text.

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Once the page loads you should be able to scroll down and get the article. Most of the time you are presented with a single article, but sometimes we can only get you as close as the volume and issue of the journal or magazine.

If you have questions using Find It, we are happy to help!

To return to our original window, close the pop up.

Now let's learn about emailing, and citing articles.

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Click on an article's title to see more information about it.

When selecting an article to keep for later, it is recommended to read the abstract first. Often it is the first paragraph of an article.

Let's say you like this article. Click the Email link at the top of the page to send it to yourself.

email link

You can use any email address (SJU, Gmail, Yahoo, etc) but...

**You must put Your Name, otherwise the email won't be sent!!**

Feel free to put your first name or last name only, or even a fake name, if you want to keep things private I often send emails from "Susie Student".

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15 of 16Check the box next to: "Bibliography - Include bibliographic citations at the end". Take a look closely at the pull-down menu.

Use the drop-down to explore citation types.

What formats are available?

If you select MLA format when you receive the article via email, an MLA formatted citation with be sent with it.

**Always be careful and vigilant with automatic citations**

Double check against the Purdue OWL, your professor, the official manual, Easy Writer, or a librarian.

Don't copy and paste without double-checking!

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16 of 16This was just some of the features of ProQuest databases.

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