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ProQuest 5000 is a web-based information service providing access to a number of databases, covering various subject disciplines, that enables you to search across thousands of abstracts, full-text articles, graphics and images in ADOBE Acrobat that will enhance your research and study. It provides access to nearly 9,000 journals available in full-text.

It combines ten (10) databases that includes;

1.    AB/INFORM GLOBAL – is one of the most comprehensive business databases in the market. It includes in-depth coverage for over 2,860 publications, with more than 1,885 available in full text. ABI/INFORM Global offers the latest business and financial information for researchers at all levels. With ABI/INFORM Global, users can find out about business conditions, management techniques, business trends, management practice and theory, corporate strategy and tactics, and competitive landscape.

2.  ProQuest Agriculture Journals – contains the leading agricultural journals published in North America. The database consists of over 235 titles, with more than 225 available in full-text. ProQuest Agriculture Journals covers a wide range of agriculture-related topics.

3.  ProQuest Computing – is the premier resource for those who need access to comprehensive coverage of computer topics.   The database includes over 375 titles, with nearly 300 available in full text.

4.  ProQuest Education Journals – gives users access to over 760 top educational publications, including more than 600 of the titles in full text.

Image articles include all the charts, tables, diagrams, and other graphical elements often used to enhance the editorial value of articles that focus on education topics.

ProQuest Education Journals covers not only the literature on primary, secondary, and higher education but also special education, home schooling, adult education, and hundreds of related topics.

5. ProQuest Nursing and Allied Health Source – provides users with reliable healthcare information covering nursing, allied health, alternative and complementary medicine, and much more. This versatile database is designed to meet the needs of researchers at healthcare facilities as well as nursing and allied health programs at academic institutions. ProQuest Nursing & Allied Health Source provides abstracting and indexing for more than 700 titles, with over 580 titles in full-text, plus more than 11,000 full text dissertations representing the most rigorous scholarship in nursing and related fields.

6. ProQuest Medical Library – strong, stable foundation for any library wishing to build and expand its clinical and biomedical journal collection. The database includes all charts, diagrams, graphs, tables, photos, and other graphical elements essential to medical research. Users in academic libraries can find definitive research information in ProQuest Medical Library™.

The database has over 975 titles, with more than 880 medical titles in full text (selected journals are available in color) with abstracts and indexing from the well-known MEDLINE® database.

The journals cover all major clinical and healthcare disciplines, including cardiovascular diseases, pediatrics, neurology, respiratory diseases, dentistry, anesthesiology, and others.

7. ProQuest Science Journals – is a definitive resource for those who need access to a variety of scientific journals. The database includes over 530 titles, with more than 300 available in full text.

Whether you’re researching the effects of global warming or interested in the latest scandal surrounding genetically modified food, ProQuest Science Journals™ will guide you directly to the information you need. ProQuest Science Journals provides unmatched research support for both the applied and general sciences. Perfect for students in academic research environments, this impressive collection of scientific journals offers users a one-stop resource for their research needs.

With coverage dating back to 1986, ProQuest Science Journals features over 660 titles—with more than 540 available in full text. In full-text format, researchers have access to all the charts, diagrams, graphs, tables, photos, and other graphical elements so vital to scientific and technical literature.

8. ProQuest Social Science Journals – is a definitive resource for those who need access to a variety of scientific journals. The database includes over 530 titles, with more than 300 available in full text.

9. ProQuest Academic Research Library – From business and political science to literature and psychology, ProQuest Academic Research Library™ provides one-stop access to a wide range of popular academic subjects. The database includes more than 3,880 titles—over 2,620 in full text—from 1971 forward.

It features a highly respected, diversified mix of scholarly journals, trade publications, magazines, and newspapers. This combination of general reference volume and scope makes it one of the broadest, most inclusive general reference databases ProQuest has to offer.

10. U.S. National Newspapers & Abstracts – Abstracts and indexing for New York Times, USA Today, and Wall Street Journal, included with a subscription to Academic Research Library

With ProQuest 5000 you can:
•    Browse from ten (10) databases
•    Research topics for papers
•    Find full-text-articles and scholarly resources with links to similar articles
•    Search specific document types—including primary sources, peer-reviewed journals, dissertations, and videos.
•    Create a bibliography for a paper
•    Cite, customize, manage, and share results via email
•    Set up alerts and RSS feeds to stay up to date with developments in the field

You can search ProQuest in three basic ways:

Keyword. A search for Bush will find all documents mentioning the term. A search for George W. Bush will limit your search to documents related to the current President. To search for an exact phrase, surround that phrase by quotation marks, For example, a search for stem cell research finds documents with any combination of those three words. But a search for “stem cell research” finds documents containing that exact phrase.

Boolean operators. Basic operators include AND, OR, and NOT. Combining your search terms with operators can make your search more focused. For example, dog NOT cat finds documents that include the word “dog” but not “cat”. Dog OR cat finds documents that include the words “dog” or “cat”. Dog AND cat finds documents that contain both the words “dog” and “cat”.

Advanced search. Build targeted searches using special search fields, including subject, personal names, date ranges, document types, and more. Some search fields are accessible under More Search Option in Basic Search. All search fields are accessible under the Advance search tab at the top of the screen.

After typing in your search terms and clicking the search button, a result page appears. You can sort these results by most recent (when it was published) or by most relevant (how accurately it matches your search terms) by selecting your preference in the drop-down menu above the results list.

To view a document, simply click on its title.

Reading, emailing and printing
Once you click on the title of the document and bring up the full text, you have several basic options:

  • Print a document. To print the document you’re currently reading, click the Print button on the top left of the page.
  • Email a document. To email a document, click the Email button right next to the Print button.
  • Find similar articles. Click the More like this link below the document title. Select one or more of the options available, then click Search to run a new search using those terms. Options include author, keyword, and publication title. If you want to view similar articles from the same author for example, simply check the Author’s box.

Use the Mark Document check box to save multiple documents while you search. When you’re finished, select the Research tab at the top of the screen to print, email, save (as HTML), or create a bibliography of your articles.

ProQuest online journals enable you to search across thousands of full-text articles that will enhance your research and study.

Below are some basic steps to help you get the most out of ProQuest. Anytime you need assistance, simply select the Help button that always appears in the top right hand corner of the page. It is context-sensitive and displays exactly the information you need to help you continue with your search.


1.    From the basic search screen, you can enter search term in the box provided
2.    You can choose to select a date range if you wish and you can limit your search to just full text article and/or peer-reviewed journals.
3.    Your can choose to search across all databases simultaneously or search individual databases, by clicking the Select multiple databases link.
4.    The Help Link opens up help files in a separate window. These files are context-sensitive, displaying the relevant information regardless of where you are in the database.
5.    For further search options, click the More Search Options link.
6.    Here you can browse through publications, search for particular authors, and choose whether to search within the abstract or full test of an article and limit results to article and publication types.




An Advanced Search in ProQuest allows you to set up a focused search strategy and look for specific pieces of information in the record of an article. For example, you could search for a specific author by name, words in a title, the title of a publication, a type of article, etc. This type of search technique is known as “field searching,” because you are looking for information in a specific field that comprises a record, no limit by date.

With Advance Search, you can build your search query, adding or removing rows are required.

1.    If you an unsure of the correct term on which to search, you can browse through lists of subjects, locations, company, people, and for business-related searches, classification codes.


1.    Results are grouped together by type, with each type listed under a separate tab. Simply click on the tab to display peer-reviewed articles, magazines articles, newspaper articles or articles from trade publications.
2.    The Results List can be ordered by most recent articles first or most relevant articles first.
3.    Clearly labeled icons indicate whether an articles is available in full text, page image, text and graphics or abstract only. To view a format, click on the link.
4.    ProQuest SmartSearch is a unique feature of the ProQuest system that interrogates your search term and suggests further topics and publications that may be of interest. To view these items, simply select the links as shown.
5.    Articles can be added to a marked list by checking the box next to the article title.

1.  To view your Marked List, select the tab at the top of the page. Here you can choose to print your bibliography, email the marked articles or export them directly into bibliographic software EndNote, ProCite, RefWorks or Reference Manager.

1. My Research Summary creates a record of all searches, marked Lists that have been generated throughout your current ProQuest session.