ProQuest supply a wide range of subject databases on their online platform. These are often grouped into broad subject collections, but can be accessed and searched individually.
Health and Medicine is a broader collection. This includes Medline, which is also available to UoB users on the Ovid platform (see Activity 3A in this guide). The Nursing and Allied database is also part of Health and Medicine, with similar coverage to the EBSCO database CINAHL (Activity 3C). A separate Coronavirus Research Database, comprising openly available material, can be found by going to the A-Z list of databases on the Proquest platform.
The Biological Science database offers an intersection for those studying Biosciences, Biomedical Science or those aspects of Medicine. It forms part of the Natural Science collection.
The Applied Social Science Index and Abstracts (ASSIA) is very useful when dealing with medical topics with a public health or sociological dimension. This forms part of the Sociology collection.
See below for links to databases. These are via FindIt@Bham and accessible only for University of Birmingham students and staff.
Following these are links to openly available guides from the supplier, Proquest.
It is also possible to go in at platform level, ie the whole ProQuest collection, and then select specific collections or individual databases. Care should be taken to identify the required database(s) however and not simply to search the whole platform. For systematic-style reviews, individual databases should be chosen in preference to a cross-search of the whole platform or collections. If collections are chosen, then the individual databases within the collection(s) should be noted and identified in the piece of work.
From the landing page within ProQuest, go to Change Databases.
View by Subject produces a list of collections which can be opened up to show individual databases and sub-collections.
Health and Medicine Databases databases on ProQuest platform:
Try this search in different databases - such as ASSIA, Biological Science - and compare the results.
The Advanced Search screen allows you to set up different lines of search. This differentiates more clearly between the 'ORs' and 'ANDs'. Alternatives or synonyms can be kept together on one line. Other aspects of the overall topic can then be put into other lines, with the Boolean AND set to connect the separate lines. Again, see our Effective Search Techniques guide for more detail on Boolean operators and other techniques.
This uses the same topic as the Basic search before, of "Investigate vaccine hesitancy or refusal".
In the Advanced search screen, enter:
AND (hesitant or uptake or reject* or refus*)
Use 'Modify search' to go back to the search you first set up: you can then try the following.
Add a row
'Not full text'?
elow is an example with 'Modify search' used to 'Add a row' for: "'older adult' or senior or elder* or aged".
In this case, the date filter for 'last 12 months' has been used to narrow results to the most current. This is useful for currency (the most recent research on a very topical subject) but possibly too limiting otherwise.
Please watch this Panopto video from the Academic Skills Centre (includes sub-titles). This uses ASSIA (Applied Social Sciences Index and Abstracts), but the essential search principles will be the same for other ProQuest databases.
Individual items or sets can be saved to referencing software such as EndNote Online.
Watch this Panopto video from the Academic Skills Centre, UoB (includes sub-titles) on saving from the ASSIA database to EndNote Online. The principles will be the same for other Proquest databases.
My Research is a tool that you can use to save, manage, and organise the content and supporting materials you find and create in ProQuest. You can include documents, searches, search alerts, RSS feeds, and more in My Research. Setting up a My Research account is simple and free to all ProQuest users.
1. Click on the profile icon and select the Sign into My Research link (located in the upper, right-hand corner of any page in the ProQuest platform) to create an account or sign into an existing account.
2. The link to Create a My Research account is below the link to Sign Into My Research
3. To create an account, just fill in the required fields: email address, password, and confirm password.
Please note: RefWorks is no longer available to University of Birmingham members.
Once you create a My Research account, you will have access to the following items (located in tabs when you are signed in):
Documents – Save, view, and organise ProQuest documents.
Searches – Save searches to provide easy future access to search strategies and results.
Alerts – Manage any alerts that you create while logged in to My Research.
RSS feeds – Manage any RSS feeds that you create while logged in to My Research.
Account – Adjust your account settings and preferences to personalise your ProQuest search experience. One great preference you can take advantage of is to create a short-cut to your favourite databases so that when you login in via My Research, your favourite databases are bundled together and pre-selected for you.
Important to know: My Research accounts will be permanently closed after three years of inactivity.
Next to the My Research sign in tab, you will also have access to the Widgets tab. You don't have to be signed in to a My Research account to use the Widgets tab. Anyone can create and embed ProQuest search boxes in web pages and subject guides to make new access points to ProQuest.