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At the top of the column to the right of your search results is the Sort Results By pull-down menu. Unlike most databases, it is set to "Relevance" by default, which means that the search results at the top of the list are the ones that most closely match your keywords. You can change it to "Oldest first" or "Newest first".
Your search results page displays 50 search results at a time. To see more, there are page numbers and arrows at the bottom of the page.
To the left of each search result you'll see an icon telling you what kind of document it is - article from an academic journal, article from a magazine, conference proceedings, case study, etc.
Beneath each search result is information on how to get the full-text of the article (the whole thing that you can read). More on that later.
Click on the article title to access the Article Information page.
Filtering Search Results
On the right side of the search results page is the Narrow Results By column, which contains options to filter your search results:
Full-text (gets rid of search results that aren't in full-text in this database). Think twice before using this option because it's very easy to find out if the full-text is available in another database. More on that later!
Peer reviewed (gets rid of magazine and newspaper articles, conference proceedings, etc.)
At the bottom of the column, click Enter a specific date range to narrow your search results down to documents published within a certain date range.
Article Information Page and Getting Full-text
Click on the title of the article to get to the Article Information page, where you will find:
Authors, journal name, volume, issue, page numbers, publication date, etc.
Abstract, which is a summary of the article's content. Read this before you spend too much time trying to locate or read the full-text!
Email, Print, and Save/Export icons let you keep a copy of the article.
The Cite icon pops up a window with the properly formatted citation. (Once the window pops up, a pull-down menu allows you to choose the citation style.)
The full-text of the article is available in HTML (web page) format right on the Article Information page.
In the column on the right side of the page, you will find the PDF full-text if it is available. (PDF full-text is formatted the same way as a print article.)
If there is no full-text available in Proquest, click the Check Full-text Availability link to see if it is available in another database.
Getting the Permalink
A permalink, which you need to use if you want to save the link to come back to the article, or share the article with someone else. In ProQuest, the permalink is available to copy and paste at the bottom of the Article Information page. For more information about that, see How To Create a Permalink to an Article in a Library Database.