This service allows you to search several modules separately or all at once. It covers several broad subject areas: the arts, business, dissertations and theses, health and medicine, history, literature and language, news and newspapers, science and technology and social sciences. It has recently taken over the CSA Illumina service. You will need an Athens password. External members and mentors are not entitled to a password.
Go to the Proquest home page by pointing your browser at http://search.proquest.com.proxy.idp.gcu.ac.uk/ You can also go to Proquest via the Library web pages. Do not use Internet Explorer when searching Proquest. It has a fault which makes displaying the full text of journal articles very difficult. Use Firefox or Google Chrome. Just point your browser at http://www.gcu.ac.uk/library/searchfor/databases/ and click Proquest Central. The default search looks in all subject areas. Choose a broad subject area by clicking the link under the icon, you can choose an individual database by clicking its title from the list below the search box. You can also choose databases from a list by clicking list view beside the search subject areas heading.
There are two levels of search, Basic and advanced. Proquest assumes that you want to run as basic search, but you can change this by clicking the advanced search link above the search box. In Basic search, type your search term or phrase in the white box. Select whether you want to restrict the search to peer reviewed (solid academic research) articles by clicking the box under the search box. Type in your search then click on the yellow Search button. The system will automatically display your search results. You can cut down your search by using the menu on the right of the results screen.
If you are searching for a phrase which uses more than two words, enclose it in inverted commas "low back pain"
If you want to search for different forms of a word, use the truncation symbol when typing in your search term. The truncation symbol (*) will search for alternative endings of a word, or unlimited alternative characters within a word. So teen* will find teen, teenager, and teens.
This database is not case sensitive, you can type in keywords in lower or upper case. This also applies to people's names like bill gates
Select the Advanced Search option by clicking on the Advanced search link above the search box. Use the drop-down arrow buttons on screen to display lists of fields to search for your word or phrase, relationships between search terms, such as AND, OR, NOT, publication date range, article type, publication type. Type the terms into the white search boxes and click on the yellow Search button.
Using the advanced search, select the publication title field using the drop-down menu, type the publication title in the search box and click the yellow search button. Proquest will display a list of all articles published in that journal, you can cut this down by adding keywords into the additional lines of the search form.
Scroll up and down the list of retrieved items by clicking on the scroll bar at the right of the window. The amount of data available is indicated by the icons under the reference. A small page of text means that only an abstract is available, a longer page means that full text is available, and a camera indicates the availability of graphics.
Insert your pen drive. To save citations only, choose the records you want by clicking the small white box at the top left of each record. A tick will appear. Click the save as file icon in the blue box the top of the results list, then choose how much information you want to save. You can choose a short reference, reference with an abstract (summary) or full text plus illustrations. Choose the file format and then click on save. Specify the drive, filename and file type using the grey dialogue box and then click save.
To print citations only, choose the records you want by clicking the small white box at the top left of each record. A tick will appear. Click print icon in the blue box at the top of your results list, then choose how much information you want to save. You can choose a short reference, reference with an abstract (summary) or full text plus illustrations. Choose the file format and then click on print. Your file will then be displayed, print it by choosing the print button on your browser.
You can link to the full text of an article from your results likst by clicking the orange full text icon or the Full-text PDF icon at the foot of a reference. You can then print, email or save the full text using the icons at the top of the screen. If the item is not available, try other local university library catalogues or apply for an inter library loan.
You can also email your search results. Choose the records you want by clicking the small white box at the top left of each record. A tick will appear. Click print icon in the blue box at the top of your results list, then enter your email address and further details on the form and click send email.
Select some interesting references, then click the export icon in the blue box at the top of your results list. Make sure that RefWorks is displayed as the export option in the next box and then click Continue. Log in to RefWorks by clicking the blue Athens users link at the next screen.
There is no exit or logoff command. When you are finished, close the browser window by clicking on the small grey box marked X at the top of the tab. Alternatively, if you want to continue using the browser, just click on the home button at the top of the screen to return to the bookmarked home page.
Help is available during your search by clicking on the Help button at the top right of the screen. If you have any questions which cannot be answered by this guide please contact your librarian.