P is for Plethora and ProQuest

  • Posted on: 24 June 2012
  • By: aalbrigh

Plethora is the number of databases you can find through our SLCC library's website database link.

It is also the amount of information that can be unearthed within one of our best all-purpose research databases -- ProQuest Newsstand (Complete) -- which I'll cover here. It's a great all-purpose database in the sense that it is geared for general content coverage, rather than specialized coverage.

So, if you're looking for some material to research your topic, this is a great starting point. As the name implies, this database focuses on newspaper content, although it also provides coverage for some content in other formats such as magazines and wire posts.

Here are some ways you can search within the database.

Once you scan our alphabetical database index, find "ProQuest Newsstand (Complete)" in our "P" listings. The database title heading links you to the ProQuest database page, and if you are not on campus for access, log in with your current SLCC student ID and PIN number.

Now you will see the general ProQuest search box. However this includes 24 different ProQuest databases, so to narrow your search, choose "News & Newspapers," which is displayed as a subject search option in the center of this page. Here, a small drop-down box will then give you the option to choose "ProQuest Newsstand."

At this point, you may perform a subject search across all publications, or you may select "Publications" near the top banner of the page to see an alphabetical list of all of the titles of publications included in this database. For example, here you could search and find "Salt Lake Tribune" and the dates covered would appear. The database permits you to select individual newspaper titles in this manner and to search only within each title. However, you may also search across all the hundreds of titles covered. You get to customize your search in this way, as well as other ways, by using the Advanced Search option.

Besides providing full-text coverage for local and regional newspapers, ProQuest Newsstand (Complete) also provides full-text content for many national and international newspapers such as The New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Chicago Tribune, Washington Post, USA Today, Los Angeles Times, Boston Globe, and The Guardian.

Enjoy using this database as one of the most important tools in your research toolbox!

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