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Using the ProQuest Database (Under construction 2011)

What is ProQuest?

  • ProQuest collections are databases containing articles from newspapers, periodicals, and academic journals.


Accessing ProQuest from off-campus:

  • Starting at the Bloomfield College Library Main Page, choose Databases / Find an article. If you are prompted, enter the same username and password that you use to access the Bloomfield College email system. 


Searching for a Publication

Select the publications tab – it is not necessary to type the entire title – usually one or two words are sufficient – for example: contemporary (caps are not necessary) sociology – Contemporary Sociology is available as full text (delayed 1 year) – click on the link to open it – if you know the volume and number you are looking for, you can click on that link to open the contents – if you want to search the publication you may search by citation and full text (broad) or citation and abstract (narrow) – for example, you may search for terrorism, terrorists, terror (use truncation * terror*) – With this information you can instruct students that you want articles from specific publications in their field (psychology, religion, sociology, education, etc.).


Using the Topics Tab

You may construct a search using ProQuest’s suggested topics – for example, “sexual promiscuity” – the possible subjects are presented by ProQuest – choosing sexual behavior and women, there are 2,700+ results – next, select scholarly journals – now we have about 1,100 – next choose the tab: show only full text – now we have about 540 – next, select the publication link – we can choose The Journal of Sex Research and see about 70 articles. Note: Choose no. 8 - Compare the full text + graphic and the PDF – check the box to add your article to a search results file – go back and select another publication, Archives of Sexual Behavior- choose article no. 11 and mark the article – next, click on the My Research tab – at this point, a student may create a bibliography – Using this system, you can instruct students to submit a working subject bibliography to you for approval. ProQuest will also format in MLA or APA styles, also some others.



Advanced Searching

We will not get too advanced here – as you may have noticed, searching by topic can be somewhat general – this is where advanced searching can come in handy – select the tab advanced – notice that by using the drop down menus to the right you may target your search for specific fields – enter sexual promiscuity and select document title – there are 2 results – notice that ProQuest suggests topics – since 2 results is rather limiting, we can expand the search by choosing citation and abstract from the drop down field menu – now we have 29. Note: You may set up an ALERT using the marked tab – students may want to use this for longer term research projects.


Embedding LINKS to ProQuest articles in BLACKBOARD

You can do many things with documents that you find in ProQuest. You can create

electronic course reserves and create links to the proQuest documents. At the end

of the ProQuest document there is a Document URL that you can copy and paste

into the Course Documents section of your Blackboard class. Alternately, you can

click the Copy Link icon in the cream shaded area at the top of the document.



Some other features


Did you know that ProQuest documents can be translated from English

to other languages, including Spanish?


Did you know that you can click the Cite This icon for an APA citation?

(Also includes other citation styles)


Did you know that the article (including citation and abstract information)

can be emailed?



Helpful Video Tutorials



Does ProQuest provide full-text access to a certain publication that I am looking for?

(For example, The Journal of Nursing Education)


How to find a journal article in ProQuest if you know the title of the article

(For example, Gender Differences in Academic Entitlement Among College Students)

How to find a journal article in a specific publication

(for example, The Journal of Exceptional Children)