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Database Help: ProQuest

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ProQuest logoThigpen Library provides access to several databases from the vendor ProQuest. You can  search multiple ProQuest databases in one search.

ProQuest Research Library is a periodical database with newspapers and wire feeds, magazines, trade journals (specialized magazines), and scholarly journals including peer-reviewed. In this database you will find full-text articles plus citations and abstracts.Good research tool for most subject areas.

Find current news in the newspaper databases: US Major Dailies and The Tennessean. Search the The Wall Street Journal, available in US Major Dailies, for current business news. Go back in history with the Historical Newspapers collection.

ProQuest: Search tips & techniques


Full-text is the complete text of the article. An abstract is only a summary and cannot be used as a source. PDF full text is the article as it appeared in print and includes any charts or pictures.

CAUTION: No full-text link means no complete article.

Scholarly Articles in Research Library

Option 1: Limit your search results to Scholarly Journals at the beginning of your search. 

CAUTION: Selecting peer-reviewed eliminates many scholarly journals. You can also select a publication date range. If you are instructed to only cite sources from the last 5 years, you can limit your search to that date range.

Option 2:  If you forget to select Scholarly Journals at the beginning, or if you want to view a different source type, use the "Narrow results by" option on the right side of your results page. Under Source type select "Scholarly Journals."

ProQuest: Get Help

If you are new to using ProQuest please watch the short ProQuest video "Basic Search" or use the ProQuest help guide "Basic Search."

ProQuest: Permalink

The permalink for articles and other resources in databases from ProQuest is called the Document URL. This URL includes the information that allows you to get back to the article via Thigpen Library's subscriptions. Save the Document URL not the URL in your internet browser's address bar.

ProQuest: Cite

  The Cite feature gives you a citation for a variety of citation styles. Select the style you need. Copy and paste your citation.

You need to review the citation to ensure that it is properly formatted and contains all the necessary information.

ProQuest: Search multiple databases

Search multiple ProQuest databases with one search. In addition to the databases listed above, you can search Literature Online and Academic Video Online. Select Change Databases to select a different database or add more to your search.

screencapture ProQuest "Change databases"

Help with other ProQuest databases

Literature Online and Academic Video Online, a streaming video collection, are specialized databases from ProQuest. You will find information on other guides and pages on these databases.

This page offers easy access to a few ProQuest databases, including ProQuest Research Library. The page provides some tips and resources for using ProQuest databases. It is not  a comprehensive guide to this database; it simply assists Vol State users with common questions.