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Database Searching

A research guide explaining the fundamentals of searching Widener's various subscription databases.

what it is:

ProQuest is an index to articles that have been published in periodicals, journals, and newspapers.  Most of the coverage is general in nature and is NOT law-related, with an emphasis on business, nursing/health and newspapers. Full-text is available for some, but not all articles.

The highlight of ProQuest may be the retrospective full-text coverage of the New York Times and Wall Street Journal back to the early 1800's.

Off-campus access to ProQuest is limited to current Widener law students, faculty and staff who will be prompted for their name and the bar code number on the back of their Widener ID.

Searching ProQuest:

The default tab in ProQuest is the Basic Search where a key word search is automatically run across a variety of different databases.

The Advanced Search tab, a search screen that allows key word searching in multiple fields, such as author, title, or company name. After an initial search has been run, the results are divided by document type, such as scholarly journals, or magazines.

Limits by date and full-text access are available within both the Basic and Advanced Search tabs.

Under the Topics Tab, ProQuest subjects can be identified either by key word or browsing. After an initial topic search is run, ProQuest suggests related topics to narrow the search results.

Under the Publications tab, a user can locate a specific title to browse by date, or run a search within. 

ProQuest content:

When you log-in to ProQuest, the basic search page provides you a list of databases that can be searched by broad topics, including: arts, business, health & science, history, or news & newspapers. Some of the specific databases are:

My Research:

With ProQuest, you can create an account through the My Research link and save your search results.  Once records are saved, results can be shared with others or the citations exported to create a bibliography.