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

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Introduction

ProQuest database interface
ProQuest database interface.

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.

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Creating a ProQuest account

Screenshot of ProQuest database — creating a ProQuest account
Screenshot of ProQuest database — creating a ProQuest account

2. Next click ‘Create My Research Account’ link.

Screenshot of ProQuest database -Create My Research Account
Screenshot of ProQuest database —Create My Research Account

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.

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How to save your search on ProQuest

Screenshot of ProQuest database — Create My Research Account
Screenshot of ProQuest database — Create My Research Account

2. Conduct your searches.

3. To save the strategies tick to select the searches in the set, then click ‘Save’.

Screenshot of ProQuest database — Selecting and saving your searches
Screenshot of ProQuest database — Selecting and saving your searches

3. Give your search a name, include the database name if helpful then select ‘Save.

Save search box within ProQuest.
Save search box within ProQuest.

Each search within the set of results, will save as a separate search. The set of results will not reload in their original layout.

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Finding your saved searches on ProQuest

Saved searches in the My Research menu.
Saved searches in the My Research menu.

Your searches will now load with the most recently saved searches displayed at the top of the list.

List of 3 most recent searches
List of 3 most recent searches

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.

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Summary

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.

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