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The College English I Workbook is an ENG 105 assignment worth 15% of your grade. This guide contains information from the workbook's eight chapters, minus the self-check questions.
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ProQuest Database Print Page

ProQuest Database - Step-by-Step


ProQuest is another online database. It provides access to nearly 125 billion digital pages that also were published electronically or in print (paper) format in more than 9,000 magazines, newspapers, journals, dissertations, and research reports. It is an especially good source of information on the arts, literature, social sciences, business, science, technology, and medicine.


ProQuest, like EBSCO, is a general purpose online database. It provides access to nearly 125 billion digital pages that also were published electronically or in print (paper) format in more than 9,000 magazines, newspapers, journals, dissertations, and research reports. In this demonstration, we'll search the ProQuest database for an article on the topic of the study skills of college students

1.     Go to myLCCC and click on Check Library Account or

go to and click on START YOUR RESEARCH HERE.

2.     Under Articles & More, Click on Databases A-Z.

3.     Click on ProQuest.

4.      If you are not using an LCCC computer, at this point you'll have to enter your Banner ID (that's your student ID# that begins with an L).

5.     At the search screen, enter your search terms and connector in the search box: study skills and college students

6.     Check your spelling!

Notice that you also can:

  • open an online Help screen
  • conduct an Advanced Search
  • limit your results to particular dates, full text articles, scholarly (peer reviewed) journals, and more

7.     Click on Search.

Your results list consists of citations for all of the articles or other documents in ProQuest that mention the search terms you entered and match the limits you set. Unless you tell it otherwise, your search terms will usually appear somewhere in the title or abstract of the documents. Generally the most recently published documents will be first and the oldest ones last.

To limit the results to a particular type of periodical, such as trade publications – magazines for people in a particular career field – you would click on that periodical type just above your results list.

8.     Limit your results to Trade Publications (just above the yellow bar in the center of the screen).

9.     Browse through the list until you find a title that looks appropriate. We'll pick the article titled "Your Parents Were Right, Scholars Say: More Studying Leads to Better Grades" by David Glenn. This article appeared in a publication called The Chronicle of Higher Education on September 7, 2007. It was on page 47. (You might have to go to page 2 or 3 or beyond to find it.)

Notice that:

  • You can look in the Results box for ideas of other search terms to use.
  • You can see that an abstract (summary) and the HTML full-text view of this article are available.
  • Click on the document's title for more information about it.
  • If you want to print this article, open the article and click on the printer icon right above the article.
  • If you see only an abstract for an article but not its full text, there are other ways to obtain the article that we will discuss in the next chapter (Full-Text Periodicals: E & Print).



For Better Results


  • ProQuest indicates if an article is available in full text by:

               Full Text 

             Text + Graphics (Print graphics separately.)

               Full Text - PDF (Must have Adobe Acrobat Reader software on your computer.)  

  • Like EBSCO, ProQuest uses a *  as a substitute for letters after a root word

        (teach*    will find    teach, teaches, teacher, teachers, teaching)

  • The LexisNexis database uses a ! instead of a *.
  • If your results are unsatisfactory, click on the database's Help or Tips options for suggestions to improve your search.


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