How to Search ProQuest Databases

How to Search ProQuest Databases


Welcome to Durham Technical Community College Library’s Introduction to ProQuest Central. ProQuest is a research
database containing millions of articles from thousands of periodicals. To access
ProQuest begin on the Durham Tech Library homepage. Click Research
Databases, then click ProQuest Central. As we demonstrate this database, you’ll
notice that we get an NC LIVE screen before proceeding because we are
on campus. If you are off-campus you will be prompted to provide your Durham Tech WebAdvisor ID and password. Once you are in the database the Full text check box
is selected by default. Checking this box ensures that all your
search results will be available in full text. If you uncheck this box, you will
also retrieve citations without full text access. Sometimes your instructor may
require you to reference a peer reviewed work in your assignment. Check the peer
reviewed box to include only results from peer reviewed journals. Enter your
search terms. We are searching on the term body image. Notice that as you type suggested search terms appear in a
drop-down menu. You may select one of these by clicking on it. Otherwise, you
can continue your search by clicking the magnifying glass icon or hitting the
Enter key. Currently our search results contain the words body and image. If you
nest your search terms in double quotes, you will retrieve results that contain
only the exact phrase “body image.” You can further limit your search using AND to
combine search terms. Note, that as we had the terms bulimia AND suicide AND intervention, the number of results keeps
decreasing. ProQuest gives you other tools to narrow your search results. For
example, if you want to limit your results to scholarly articles only, under
source type, click scholarly journals. If you want to limit your results to the
most recent articles, you can use the slider under publication date and click
update to see only recent publications. There is an icon beside each search
result that tells you what kind of resource it is. For example, a scholarly
article. When you find an article that interests you, simply click on
its title. You’ll see tabs for the full text, abstract, publication
information, and links to other sources referenced within the article. When a PDF
version of the article is available you can download it, email it to yourself or
someone else, or retrieve citation information. For citation information, you
can specify MLA, APA, or ASA format. Be careful! Don’t rely on the citations to
be absolutely correct. Punctuation, capitalization, and even authors’ names
are sometimes incorrect. You can use the citation information from ProQuest as a
rough draft but be sure to verify that it’s exactly right. To return to your
search results, click back to results. Now you can research ProQuest like a pro!

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