ProQuest Dissertations & Theses
To work with the ProQuest Dissertations & Theses database, you may need to select it. If you do not see ProQuest Dissertations & Theses - A&I or ProQuest Dissertations & Theses - Full Text after Databases Selected at the top of your page, follow these steps to select one of the ProQuest Dissertations & Theses databases:
1 From the top of thepage in ProQuest, click Databases
Selected (A). You see the Databases page. You may want to start by clicking Clear All Databases to deselect all checked databases.
2 Check the box before ProQuest Dissertations & Theses. 3 Click Continue to begin searching
The Basic Search page lets you quickly construct a search. You can enter terms on this page, or go to the Advancedsearch page to create more powerful searches.
1 Click Basic Search. 2 Enter search terms in the search field (B). 3 If you want your results to only include doctoral
dissertations and not masters theses or other documents, check the box before Doctoral dissertations only (C). 4 Use the various options to focus your search. Click the More Search Options link (D) to view other fields to focus yoursearch. (Or, click the Hide Options link to hide the additional fields.) 5 Click Search (E). ProQuest will perform your search, and you will see the Search Results page.
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Advanced Search gives expert searchers access to reference tables for running highly focused searches.
1 Click AdvancedSearch. 2 Specify the preferences for your search. 3 Use the various options to focus your search. Click the More
Search Options link to view other fields that let you focus your search. 4 Click Search. ProQuest will perform your search, and you will see the Search Results page. Specialized Search Fields ProQuest provides researchers with specialized fields that simplify searching for Dissertations& Theses. For example, you can search for papers submitted to a particular school, by either school name or code. You can enter these search fields in multiple ways. 1. From the top of the page, enter the desired information into a search field. Then, select the desired field from the dropdown menu next to the search field (A). For example, to search only Masters theses, enter M.A. into a searchfield, and select Degree from the drop-down menu. 2. After clicking More Search Options, enter the desired information into the appropriate field. For example, to search for a paper submitted at the University of Michigan, enter Michigan into the School name/code field (B). 3. Enter the fields directly into a search field using the correct mnemonics. For example, to search for documents completedfor a degree awarded in 1994, enter DEGDT(1994) into the search field. See the Search Fields section for a complete list of these fields, information on using them, and examples. Browse Indexed Fields To make it even easier for you to construct searches, ProQuest lets you browse indexed search fields, such as the School name/code field. When this option is available, you will see a Browse linkafter the search field (C). To use this option, click the Browse link; you will see a Browse Index window. The terms listed in the Browse Index list are listed in alphabetical order, making it easy for you to browse them. You can: • • Scan the list for the term you want to use for your search. Jump to terms starting with a particular letter by entering a letter or term in the search box at the top ofthe window, then clicking Find Term. You will be taken to the nearest term, alphabetically. If you reach the end of a page and haven't come to the term you want, you can use the Next and Previous links to move to another page (D).
Once you have found a term, select the operator to use when adding the term to your search (E). Then click Add to Search (F) to add...
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