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Guide to using Proquest databases

Save results using ProQuest's My Research

To save results in the My Documents area of My Research you will need to create a ProQuest My Research account. The link for creating a My Research account is in the person icon menu at the top right of any ProQuest page. All you need to create an account is an email address and a password.

My Research

N.B. if you do not log in to ProQuest for a period of 76 days, you will be notified by email that your My Research account will become inactive after 90 days. Simply sign in to your My Research account to keep it active.

To save in the My Documents area, make sure you are logged in to your My Research account and tick the box next to the items in your results you want to save. Click on the Save to My Research folder icon on the right hand side below the search box, and click save. If you want to create a folder to save these items in, you can click on the Save in: dropdown before saving the documents. 

My Research icon

You will now be able to view the ProQuest records for the items from the Documents section of the My Research area.

Export to a reference management software

Once you've ticked the items you want, click on the three dots menu for All save & export options. There is an EndNote option for EndNote users but for all other reference management software, the RIS option will export the record for you. 

Email results

Once you've ticked the results you want, click on the Email envelope icon. Choose the option you want: 

  • Citation, abstract, indexing: this will send the details of the item and summary plus a link to the item in ProQuest and a link to findit@ucl.
  • Original file format: this will send a PDF attachment for the item if it is available (but there is a 7MB size limit so it will not attach items larger than this but will provide a link to the item instead).
  • Full text: this will send the full text of the item where it is available within ProQuest and the details of the item and summary plus a link to the item in ProQuest and a link to findit@ucl. The full text is pasted into the body of the email so this can make it quite long.

You can also choose to add a bibliography at the end in the referencing style of your choice though the accuracy of these references is variable, depending on what metadata is provided for the item. Enter your own email address or for the person you want to send it to. 

Print or export to PDF, Word, Excel or Text file

You can also export items to PDF, Word, Excel, Text file or print by clicking on the three dots menu for All save & export options. These mostly create similar documents to the email option, wih the exception of Excel where the item details only are exported into an Excel table.