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Database Searching: Using InfoTrac & ProQuest Databases

An introduction to basic and advanced database searches

Databases

The Library provides access to nearly 70 different databases. Access Kirtland databases on the Databases page: http://www.kirtland.edu/library/databases 

Note: You will need to use your Single Sign-On user name and password to access the library's databases.

ProQuest & InfoTrac

ProQuest and Gale's InfoTrac provide access to many databases.  The tutorials in the tabbed box below show you how to search their databases more easily and productively. 

How to Search - Choose the tab to match your database provider

ProQuest offers video tutorials on how to search their databases. Watch these to help you improve your searching skills in ProQuest.

 

A basic search is quick and produces many results. (2:11)

 

An advanced search can help you zero in on just the information you are looking for. (2:13)

 

 

Understand the results of your search and see what features ProQuest databases offer. (3:43)

 

InfoTrac offers several video tutorials to help you search their databases.

  • Using Gale's InfoTrac Resources - Basics (7:49)
  • Advanced Search (2:07)
  • Subject Search (1:15)
  • Topic Finder (2:27)

Watch each to help you become a better searcher.

 

Using Gale's InfoTrac Resources - Basics (7:49)

 

Advanced Search (2:07)

 

Subject Search (1:15)

 

Topic Finder (2:27)

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General Tips for Searching Databases (5:19)

This video, from the Memoirs of a Modern Librarian provides search tips that apply to most databases.

Quick Tips & Shortcuts for Database Searching. By Vanessa Garofalo. YouTube. YouTube, 6 Feb. 2013. Web. 14 Oct. 2014.