ProQuest Databases Search Tips

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Learn how to use ProQuest databases to locate articles in magazines, journals and newspapers.

About Proquest

The ProQuest databases provide citations, abstracts and full-text articles for magazines, newspapers and journals. Search the databases all at once (default) or select from the individual databases:

  • Research Library, Gold and Platinum Periodicals: Extensive, multidisciplinary coverage
  • ProQuest Newspapers: Includes the New York Times and a collection of Washington State Newspapers
  • ABI INFORM Trade and Industry: Trade and industry journals
  • Ethnic News Watch: Alternative and independent press
  • Alt-Press Watch: Full text periodicals from ethnic, minority and native presses
  • Historical Newspapers - The New York Times (1851-2007):  Full page and article images

Find ProQuest

From the blue navigation bar on the library's website, choose Find -->  Articles and Databases --> ProQuest.

Access ProQuest

  • On Campus: Access to ProQuest is automatic on any Clark-networked computer.
  • Off Campus access to ProQuest for students, faculty and staff of Clark College:  When prompted, enter your name (firstname lastname) and Clark College ID number (this is most likely your 9-digit number that starts with 940 unless a different ID number was assigned to you).

How to use ProQuest

Select the appropriate database

By default, ProQuest searches all the ProQuest databases. To limit to specific databases, click "Databases selected."  In the window that pops up, click the databases to add to your search.

ProQuest select databases screen

Search (basic)

For a basic search, enter words in the search box. Leave out articles and prepositions. Use AND to search for more than one term. Click Search. 

Proquest screen enter search terms

View results

Scroll down the screen to view the list of results. Use the tabs across the top to limit your results to scholarly journals, magazines, trade publications, or newspapers. Click on article title to see more.

Search Results list

Print or e-mail results

If you choose the e-mail option, send your e-mail as plain text. You may also save to a flash drive or web storage location, see Saving, Organizing and Sharing Documents.

Locate the full-text of articles

If the article you want isn't already full text, click the "Find It" button and follow the instructions. For more information, see Find Full Text with the Find It Button.

article record sows the Find It button

Search Tips

Too many results? Limit your search

  • Use the check boxes in the search section to limit to full-text or scholarly journals
  • Use the tabs at the top of the results screen to limit to scholarly journals, magazines, trade publications, or newspapers.
  • Add additional keywords, joined by AND (global warming and glaciers and greenland)

Too few results? Expand your search

  • Think of synonyms for your search words.
  • Use the asterisk “*” truncation symbol to retrieve variant word endings.
    Example: glaci* will retrieve glacial, glacier, glaciers

Expand your vocabulary

Follow the links in the "Subject" and "Author" fields to find other potentially useful articles and to add terms to your keyword list.

Search for different types of articles

To limit your search to interviews, book reviews, movie reviews, editorials, etc., click the More Search Options tab and explore the options under Document Feature and Document Type.

Look for articles in a specific publication

Click the Publications tab, locate and click the publication name. Browse by issue, or enter keywords in the "Search for articles within this publication" search box.