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1 Searching with Proquest Good results follow naturally from good searches

2 Your search term is vital Proquest like all databases is indexed by terms and vocabulary Proquest like all databases is indexed by terms and vocabulary Proquest provides a Thesaurus that you may consult, and it automatically provides suggestions Proquest provides a Thesaurus that you may consult, and it automatically provides suggestions Try searching for “same sex marriage”, “gay marriage”, and “same sex marriage” OR “gay marriage” and note the different number of results Try searching for “same sex marriage”, “gay marriage”, and “same sex marriage” OR “gay marriage” and note the different number of results

3 Search Logic Proquest treats the term gay marriage as “gay marriage”, but the term same sex marriage is not quite the same as “same sex marriage” Proquest treats the term gay marriage as “gay marriage”, but the term same sex marriage is not quite the same as “same sex marriage” Quotes allow the database to search on a phrase as a single term Quotes allow the database to search on a phrase as a single term Truncation is useful and important: if you search on econom*, you find economy, economies, economic, for example Truncation is useful and important: if you search on econom*, you find economy, economies, economic, for example OR broadens the search: i.e., “gay marriage” OR “same sex marriage” OR broadens the search: i.e., “gay marriage” OR “same sex marriage”

4 Tips Proquest allows searches by both Relevance and by Date Proquest allows searches by both Relevance and by Date Always check the Full Text box Always check the Full Text box Use the suggested subjects to refine your search Use the suggested subjects to refine your search Note that some articles are available in both text and pdf formats Note that some articles are available in both text and pdf formats If you want a specific publication, make sure Proquest has it by checking Publications If you want a specific publication, make sure Proquest has it by checking Publications

5 My Research You can , print, cite or save your results You can , print, cite or save your results If you create a My Research account (free), you can save the results of your searches (and save lots of paper) If you create a My Research account (free), you can save the results of your searches (and save lots of paper) If you save to My Research, your citations will be available. Use MLA, 7 th edition for your citation format If you save to My Research, your citations will be available. Use MLA, 7 th edition for your citation format Although more difficult, advanced search can save you time and effort depending on the task Although more difficult, advanced search can save you time and effort depending on the task

6 Applying what you have learned Other electronic databases and common search engines have variations in search logic, so it pays to take a minute to understand the particular search logic. Don’t take too much for granted Other electronic databases and common search engines have variations in search logic, so it pays to take a minute to understand the particular search logic. Don’t take too much for granted The Proquest Id is niagarafhs and the password is welcome The Proquest Id is niagarafhs and the password is welcome The Library has a list of ids and passwords for all our electronic resources The Library has a list of ids and passwords for all our electronic resources Everything is available to you at home if you have an internet connection Everything is available to you at home if you have an internet connection


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