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Articles: Searching ProQuest

A guide to finding, identifying, and using different types of articles designed and created by Clark Librarians

Using Databases

Here's an example of using ProQuest.

  • After you navigate to a database, you will need to use the keywords you created when you were at the Brainstorming tab to search for articles. In the picture below you can see the key words: "solar power" and benefit

  • Next click the Search button.
  • You should see a list of results like this:

  • "A" tells you how many results the database returned. If you get a BIG number, try adding another key word to help reduce the number of results, or see "D" below
  • "B" shows you the titles. Browse the titles until you find something that looks interesting and close to your topic.
  • "C" is an example of what full-text looks like. If you see "Find It" that means full text is not available.
  • "D" is how you limit to different kinds of sources: Newspapers, magazines and scholarly journals. Start with newspapers, magazines and trade journals for best results.


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