Saving your search on ProQuest
In this post we will explore how you can create an account, save your search strategy and find your saved searches in ProQuest
You may wish to save your search strategy and re-run it in any ProQuest database, to do this you will first need to create an account. Your account can then be used on all databases hosted on the ProQuest platform.
It is important to note that you are saving the search strategy, not the exact set of results you have found that day. The databases are regularly updated and therefore any new records that are relevant to your search criteria will be included in the results when you re-run your search.
The number of results will usually only increase by a small amount. The only time the number of results may decrease is if you have included a search limit such as “Last 5 Years” and a new year has begun when you re-run your search.
Creating a ProQuest account
- To create a ProQuest account, open ProQuest via the link on the Library website.
- Click the ‘My Research and Language selection’ icon in the top right of the opening search screen.
2. Next click ‘Create My Research Account’ link.
3. Complete the ‘My Research’ form.
It is important to keep a record of your username and password. The Library will not be able to retrieve this for you if you forget it. In the next section we will show you how to save your search.
How to save your search on ProQuest
- Return to the ProQuest search screen and make sure you have logged into your account.
- Click on the ‘My Research’ icon to reveal further options, shown in the screenshot below:
2. Conduct your searches.
3. To save the strategies tick to select the searches in the set, then click ‘Save’.
3. Give your search a name, include the database name if helpful then select ‘Save’.
Each search within the set of results, will save as a separate search. The set of results will not reload in their original layout.
Finding your saved searches on ProQuest
- Open the ProQuest database and ‘Log In’ to your ProQuest account.
- Navigate to your saved searches by opening the ‘My Research’, shown in the screenshot below.
Your searches will now load with the most recently saved searches displayed at the top of the list.
3. Select the search you want to re-run by clicking the tick box next to it on the list and clicking ‘Search’.
Your search should display on Main Search page.
In this post we have looked at creating a ProQuest account, saving your searches and finding your saved searches.This can help you to keep track of the latest published articles in your area of research.
You can find further support for advanced searching and systematic reviews at the end of this post.