ProQuest Publicly Available Content Database: Quick Guide
This page gives a quick summary of the information provided on the other pages in this section
ProQuest Publicly Available Content Database is a resource providing access to publicly and freely availably scholarly output held in many different locations and on different platforms and includes journal articles, preprints, conference papers and reports.
Access is through a method called Referring URL. This uses a process that checks that the web page that you came from is set up to access the Publicly Available Content Database. The web page to get to there is a password-protected page on this site that you can find linked on the Access page of this section.
Basic searching uses a Google-like search box. Enter your search terms and click the magnifying glass. To search for a phrase put quotation marks around it. For example, to search for healthy eating enter "healthy eating" Tick the box below the search box to limit your results to full-text only. As you start typing you may see, just like Google again, suggested searches appear below the search box and may give you some ideas for different search terms. Click on 'Turn off Auto-Complete' to stop seeing these suggestions.
On the search results page you have a variety of options available to you:
- download or email items
- save items or your search to your My Research folder
- use limiters to reduce the number of search results
- create formatted citations to use in reference lists
- create alerts to get notification of new items that match your search terms
Your search terms are highlighted in each result
Advanced searching lets you construct more complicated searches, for example, by searching for specific search terms in specific parts of an item (e.g., title, author, abstract or full-text) and limiting the results to certain publication or document types.
You can also search and browse the different publications covered by this resource and see coverage and full-text availability. You can also select a publication and browse issues or search for items within that publication only
This is a feature that allows you to save articles and searches to a folder and create email and RSS (RSS is a way of keeping informed about new website content) alerts for when new items appear that match your sear
To create a My Research account, all you need is an email and a password.