You will automatically be brought to the Basic Searching page if you get to ProQuest Central from anywhere on our websites. If you're just looking to browse articles on your topic without much concern for specificity, you may want to use the Basic Search function. The Basic Search page looks like this:
You will automatically be brought to the Basic Searching page if you get to ProQuest Central from anywhere on our websites. In advanced searching, you are given more ability to pinpoint exactly the kinds of articles you would like to see in your results. To get to Advanced Searching from Basic Searching, click on the "Advanced Search" tab directly beneath "ProQuest Central". Your screen will then look like this:
Once you click the search button, you will get a list of resources, which will look like the image below:
From here, you can:
If you click on an item to see more information, you'll get a page that looks like this:
In this view, you can find your basic citation information (title, author, journal, publisher, publication date, page numbers) right up at the top of your page. ProQuest will default to show you the full text of your article, but to see more information (like subject headings and the document URL), simply click on the Abstract/Details tab.
In this view you'll see all kinds of information about your resource:
From this screen you can:
When looking for full articles in ProQuest Central, always look for either the WebBridge or PDF Full Text buttons, which look like this:
So when in doubt, look for either of these and you'll get your article. There are a few ways to get the full article you are looking for, and a few different screens you can do it from.
From the search results page, there will be either the WebBridge link or a Full Text link at the bottom of each item. Simply click on that full text link and you'll be able to view and download the entire article.
You can also find the full text of an article from the full detailed record. From the results page, if you click on the title of the resource you want to look at, there will be a link in the top right of the screen for full text, and a number of tabs in the middle of the screen. One of three options will be there:
1. There will be two Full Text tabs - one for HTML text and one for a PDF of the article. The button on the right will say "Download PDF":
2. There will be one Full Text tab that is HTML only. The button on the right will say "Save as PDF":
3. There will NOT be a tab that says Full Text (only one for Abstract/Details). There will be a link on the right that says "Check for Full Text via WebBridge":
WebBridge is an application we use here in Geisel Library when articles are not available in full text in the database you searched. This means we either have access to said article in another database, we have it in print in the library, or we don't have access to it at all and you'll have to use Interlibrary Loan to get it.
When you click on the WebBridge link, one of three things will be displayed.
Your screen will look like this:
To see the full text of this article, simply click on the link to one of the databases shown, and you will automatically be taken to the article in full in that database.
Your screen will look like this:
Click on the "Check here for Location" link provided, and you'll be brought to the library catalog, where you can see where in the building the title you're looking for lives, and what volumes (if it's a journal article) we own. That page will look like this:
You will have to come into the library itself to retrieve these items. If you can't find what you're looking for, feel free to ask someone at the Reference or Periodicals Desk for help. We're happy to assist!
Fear not! You can still get said article! Your screen will look like this:
If this is your screen, simply click on the "Geisel Library Interlibrary Loan (ILL)" link. You will be redirected automatically to a login page for ILL, which will look like this:
Type in your SAC Username (the first half of your email address, before the @), and then your password is your student ID number (including the beginning letter, probably an S). Once you login, WebBridge will fill in all the information you need about the article, so you will be shown a screen that looks like this:
Simply click the "Submit Request" button at the bottom of the screen (you may have to scroll down), and you're all set! You should receive an email from our Interlibrary Loan Office that explains where you can retrieve your article when it is available. If you have any other questions about Interlibrary Loan, feel free to look through our ILL page, or you can contact the ILL Office directly.
When you are looking at the entire record of a resource, off on the right side, there is a link you can click that says "Cite" (with the Email, Print, and Save links). Once you click that button, a box will pop up in the middle of your screen, and will look like this:
The box above will appear at the top of the record. It will default to APA 6th edition, so if you want to cite your source in a different style, click on that dropdown menu and scroll through the list to find the citation style you need. You MUST then click the teal "Change" button in order for your choice to actually be reflected in the text below!! From there, you can copy and paste this citation into your document.
NOTE: Double check the citation to make sure the information and formatting is correct!!! Our databases pull information automatically from places it thinks the information should be and may not be able to format it correctly. Always always check the citation given to you by the database against the regulations given in the respective handbook for your citation style.
If you have any questions about citing sources, you can check out our Research Guide on the topic.
NOTE: Without signing into a "My Research" account, this list will disappear once you leave ProQuest Central! This temporary list is helpful when you are sitting down and doing research and don't want to forget to look at an article later, or if you have collected your research all at once and want to make sure you have records of the information for later without having to make an account.
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