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ProQuest Education Journals - Articles


Using Proquest's Thesaurus

One of the useful features in Proquest Education Journals is the Thesaurus option for the search box found in the Advanced search which gives you access to the database's own controlled vocabulary of subject tags applied to each article. Browsing the Thesaurus terms can help you pinpoint the correct keywords to use in your search.

For example:

  1. Cick on the Thesaurus link
  2. In the window that opens, enter "Grounded Theory" in the search box and click Find.
  3. "Grounded theory" appears as a result. Click on the yellow notes icon to get a definition of the term and a list of related terms.
  4. Clicking on the "Grounded theory" link will give you either broader or narrower terms to explore.
  5. Click on "Qualitative research". Notice that one of the narrower terms is "Action Research".

Finding useful articles

How to search ProQuest Education Journals

  1. Click on the Advanced Search link located beneath the basic search box on the ProQuest Education Journals landing page.

  2. Our first search term will be the  "grounded theory" in quotation marks. If you have a second set of terms, place them in the search box after the Boolean operator, e.g. "track system".

  3. If you have other search terms to use in narrowing your results, enter them in the Boolean operator boxes. You can create more boxes if necessary by clicking icon. We'll also limit our publication date to works published After January 1st 2005 to identify current research. Set your Peer reviewed limiter if it isn't automatically selected.

  4. Now click the Search button.

Interpreting your results:

The main column on the page consists of the results of your search. You can sort the results by publication or relevance, and limiters that can be used to narrow your search results appear in the left column of the page. Note: Your Keywords will be highlighted in your search result list.

The limiters are comprehensive, the options available to you appear in collapsible lists on the left column in the results.

When you find an article that interests you:

  • To preview an article, you can mouse-over the  icon. A small window will appear You'll see the article's abstract, subject headings and citation information.

  • Click on the icon to access full-text of the article in PDF form. If no other form is available use the icon.

    Tip: If you have a choice to use a PDF or an html version of an article choose the PDF for accurate page numbers!

  • If a full-text version of your article is not available, search for the title of your article in Fetch!
    or request the article through the Interlibrary Loan form.

  • If you make a ProQuest Account, you can make folders and organize your research. Place articles in folders by clicking the Save to My Research link under the icon and following the prompts!

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