ProQuest Results

Results Page Tips

1. Modify Search

Click Modify search to make changes to your current search strategy. Or make changes to your search in the search box.

2. Recent Searches

Click Recent searches to view your search history.

3. Related Searches

Each time you run a search, Related Searches displays suggested subjects that you may consider searching on if you find that you are dissatisfied with your current search results. The suggested subjects are related to your current keywords and pull directly from the subject field.

4. Search Within

Use the Search within to run a search within the current results. Add additional keywords and ProQuest will look for the keywords in the set of current search results. Selecting Search within toggles you to the bottom of the search results page.

6. Sort Results By

The Sort results by menu controls the sort order of the records that appear in the results page. Sort by relevance, publication date (oldest first), or publication date (most recent first). Relevance is determined by an algorithm that factors in the number of time your search terms appear in the record as well as where in the record your search terms appear.

7. Narrow Results By

Use the Narrow results by to apply additional limits (also known as filters or facets) to refine your results. The limits are pulled from the list of available indexed/searchable fields that appear in the current result set. Some of the main limits you can expect to find (each search and database is different so you can expect different limits to display) include source, publication title, subject, language, and date. Please see the Searchable fields page of this guide to see a list of the common indexed/searchable fields.

8. Source Type Icon

Hover over the Source type icon for the source type of the document. For more details such as a list of all source types available in your results and the amount of each source type, see Source type in the Narrow Results by panel on the left side of the results page.

9. Preview

Hover over the Preview to display a preview of the record and view the major fields of the record including the abstract and subjects. See the additional Preview screenshot to the right.

10. Document Formats and Linking

Each record will contain links to the available document formats and possibly any linking tools that the library administrator has enabled to help locate the full text. Please consider that not all records have full text available from ProQuest and you may only have a link to view the Abstract/Details (the full record). 

11. Navigation and Items Per Page

Navigate to the other pages in your set of results by selecting the page number or the next page navigation.

Items per page is used to select how many results will display on the results page. Choose from 10, 20, 50, or 100 items.

Results Page

ProQuest search results form