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ProQuest Workflow

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Search ProQuest Newsstand


    1. Since an institutional license is required for ProQuest, you need to be working on campus or you need to sign in to ProQuest via the UM/UCSB/CSUN library site.
      1. Go to your library site. Search the Databases > P. Select "ProQuest Newsstand."
    2. If you're off campus, you will need to sign in with your student ID and password.
    3. Click on the "Advanced Search" link to show the Advanced Search interface for ProQuest. You might also be taken here automatically.
      1. Click on "Publications." Search for your selected publication
    4. You should now be looking at the "Publication Information" site for your selected publication. Scroll down and select "Advanced Search" under "Search within this publication." 
    5.   Search as follows: 
      1. First Search bar: Make sure the publication's pubid is automatically entered into the first search bar. 
      2. Second search bar: To search for a literal word or phrase, put quotes around the term. Enter the word "humanities" including the quotes.      
      3. Publication date. Select "specific date range" from the drop-down menu and fill out as follows:
        1. Start: January 1, whatever year you are collecting
        2. End: December 31, whatever year you are collecting
      4. Sort results by: Scroll to the bottom of the ProQuest search form and make sure "Relevance" is selected for this field.
      5. Items per page: This is where you tell ProQuest how many search results to display on one page at a time. You will want to change this number depending on how many articles you are going to be collecting for your year. For example, if you need to collect 102 articles, setting the "items per page" to 100 makes the most sense and will allow for the quickest collection. However, if you're only collecting 25 articles, you will likely want to set the items per page to 20.
    6. After running the search, select the number of articles you need to download. Depending on how many you need, you may need to go to the next page and select the rest. For example, if you need to collect 104 articles, select all from the first page of results, then click "Next," and select 4 from the following page. Make sure to select only articles from the year you are searching for.
    7. Once you've selected the proper number of articles, use the "Export/Save" function to export to "HTML."  Fill in the dialogue box for export options as follows:
      1. output: HTML
      2. content: full text
      3. sort order: oldest first
      4. include: select cover page/header, table of contents, document numbering
    8. Save the resulting HTML page (a local web page consisting of a .html file) in whatever folder you have set up to hold WE1S materials. The file name for the HTML file has by default the date of collection (e.g., ProQuestDocuments-2015-07-21.html). To help keep things straight, change the name to reflect the materials being collected.  For example, the HTML file with the results of a New York Times search for the year 1987 should be: "ProQuestDocuments-nyt-1987.html" [the .html is the file extension, not part of the file's name]).

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