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1. Basic Search


Basic Search is an ideal way to get started with ProQuest. Just think of a word or phrase related to the information you're looking for and type it into the search bar field. _How to Search ProQuest:

  • Enter a word or phrase into the search field.
  • Click Search.
  • You can focus your search with the following options (some are only available after clicking on More Options):
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Topic Guide is another type of search. You can type in your subject and get a list of recommended topics. The ProQuest Topic Guide lets you find articles by searching an index, or by exploring a hierarchical subject directory. Indexed topics may include subjects, companies, people, and locations.

Enter a term and select whether you want ProQuest to Suggest Topics or Look up Topics A-Z, then click Find Term. Or, click browse subjects by topic to view the Subject Directory.

Once you have found a topic, click View articles to run a search using the topic. Or click Narrow below the desired topic to narrow the search using related terms. From the narrowed list, find a term you want to use and click View.

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Advanced Search is a powerful way to search with ProQuest. Enter your word or phrase, and use the fields to focus your search.

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You can focus your search by using the following options (some are only available after clicking More Options):

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    • including peer-reviewed
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When you select Citations and abstracts from the drop-down menu, ProQuest searches the following fields:

  • Author
  • Personal Name
  • Abstract
  • Product Name
  • Article Title
  • Subject Terms
  • Company Name
  • Source (publication title)
  • Geographical Name
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