Published on March 13, 2014
Searching for Videos in ProQuest By Christina Steffy, Librarian January 2014
Overview • You can go directly to the audio and video collection or • You can do an advanced search and select the audio and video collection. • These slides will show you both ways and remind you of some advanced search tactics.
Go Directly to the Collection When you log in and come to the search screen below (you may be directed to a screen where you have to click on “Health and Medicine” before being taken to this screen below), click on “Publications.” (“Publications” allows you to search for any publication by its title or to browse the titles we have.)
Go Directly to the Collection • Click on “More Options.” • Check to box to include “Audio and Video Works.” • Click “Apply.”
Go Directly to the Collection This is a list of the collections we have, including the Medcom Video Training collection. Click on what collection you want.
Go Directly to the Collection I clicked on the Medcom collection. This is an example of what you will see when you click on any collection – you will be able to browse issues or search within the publication. But…
Go Directly to the Collection If you search within the collection using an advanced search, make sure the Publication Title is the audio and video collection you are in.
Go Directly to the Collection If the collection is not entered as the Publication Title, you will be searching everything in ProQuest. But that’s okay – under “Source Type” on the right side of your search results list, click on “More Options” and then click to include “Audio and Video Works.”
Advanced Search in Audio and Video Works If you aren’t sure which collection to look in for your topic, the best thing to do is to search all of them at one time. In order to do this, click on “Advanced Search.”
Advanced Search in Audio and Video Works Let’s assume I want to find videos on communicating with patients that were made within the last 5 years. My first step is to brainstorm the different terms I can use, then enter the terms. I changed the Boolean operators to “Or,” and that calls for an advanced search reminder…
Advanced Search Reminder • Don’t forget about the Boolean operators “And,” “Or,” and “Not.” • When you enter multiple search terms, the default operator is “And,” so your search must include all of those terms. • “Or” will include either term. • “Not” will exclude terms. • Change the operator by choosing the arrow next to it and choosing the correct operator from the drop down menu.
Advanced Search in Audio and Video Works Now back to the search example. There is a drop down menu next to “Publication Date” and the default is set to “All dates.” Change this to “Specific Date Range” and enter your starting year and ending year. The choose “Audio and Video Works” from the Source Type box. Finally, click “Search.”
Advanced Search Reminder One more advanced search reminder that you can use when searching for anything is truncation. In truncation, you are searching one time but you are including variations on the root word. For example, searching nurs* will return results that include the words nurse, nurses, nursing. This saves you time because you do not need to do multiple searches.
Advanced Search Reminder • FYI - when doing a search that requires students to search ONLY in nursing journals, I mention in class and in all of my library handouts to do an advanced search and to search for their topic “AND” nurs* (nurs* is in the publication title).
Questions? Contact me.
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