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Using ProQuest Interdisciplinary Research Library  

From business and political science to literature ProQuest Interdisciplinary Research Library contains articles from magazines and journals and more than 4,070 periodical titles.
Last Updated: Jun 10, 2010 URL: Print Guide RSS Updates

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Step 1

Go to and click on Visit the Library.


Step 2

At the top of the library database menu page, click on the subject area of your choice such as Arts & Humanities. ProQuest Interdisciplinary Research Library appears in the list for all of the subject areas.



Step 3 Click on ProQuest Research Library


Step 4 Searching

ProQuest defaults to the Basic search. Click on the Advanced tab at the top of the screen to build a search using pull-down menus.

  • Type a word or a phrase in the first text box.
  • Click on the pull-down menu to the right and select one of the search fields in which to search for the terms you have entered. For example, to search for an article about a particular person, enter the person's name in the text box, and then select Person from the pull-down menu.
  • To combine concepts, enter your search terms in the additional text box(es), and then select an operator from the pull-down menus on the left of the text boxes, or accept the default, AND.
  • To find articles published in a certain time frame, use the pull-down menu beside Date Range.
  • For Full-text only or Scholarly journals, including peer-reviewed, click in the appropriate box.
  • Click on the Search button to submit your search.


Step 5 Viewing Results

  • Ten citations will appear on each page. Click on Next to see the next ten citations. Click on Previous  to see the preceding page of results.
  • Notice Suggested Topics above the list of citations. Use these to enhance or narrow the search.



Step 6 Selecting An Article

  • Click on the title of the article that closely matches your search.
  • To view the summary of the article click on Abstract.
  • To see the full text click on Full text.
  • Along with the article title you will see the bibliographic information: author, journal name, date, etc.
  • You will have the options to print the article, e-mail it to yourself or save to a flashdrive. You will see these options on the screen below.
  • Cite this will bring the user to a choice of article citation formats.




  • Upon selecting your article the user will see the Abstract followed by the Full Text article. In this example only part of the article appears.



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