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Finding information for Health Economics

Activity 6: Using databases - ProQuest group

Sample search on ProQuest ASSIA database: Panopto video (includes sub-titles).  Scroll to the end of this page for a further example relating to Health Economics and using the ProQuest Social Sciences Premium Collection.

ProQuest platform and databases

The ProQuest platform hosts a wide range of databases which can be selected individually or as grouped Collections.  For systematic literature reviews, best practice is to choose and search one database at a time: however, subject collections can also be very useful for general and cross-subject searches.

Search techniques and examples

Supplier search guidance

To view, browse and select collections or specific databases

  • Locate and open a ProQuest database, or databases, on FindIt@Bham
  • In ProQuest, select 'Change databases' then 'View by subject'.  Broader collections or nested sub collections can be selected from there as well as individual choices

ProQuest screen view with Change databases option

ProQuest Health and Medical collection screen view

Relevant collections for health economics include

  • Business databases
  • Health and Medicine (including Health and Medical sub-collection)
  • Social Sciences (including Social Science Premium Collection)

ProQuest sample search - Social Sciences Premium Collection

In Advanced Search, a whole search can be constructed on the landing page using 'Add a row' for further search lines where required.  The default Boolean connector is AND.

For a more systematic approach, enter then search using one search line at a time.  These can be then combined by selecting 'Recent Searches'.

Here, the search lines are:

  • Covid-19 OR Sars-Cov2 OR "novel coronavirus" OR nCov19


  • vaccin*


  • cost-benefit OR cost-utility OR "economic evaluation" OR cost-effective*

ProQuest Social Sciences advanced search screen view with sample search terms

In the results screen, further options or filters  are available, such as Publication Date [range], Location, Language.

To save individual or sets of results, select as required and go to 'All save & export options' (currently the 3 dots icon). RIS is the default option for downloading a standard file type to upload into referencing software such as EndNote Online.

To save search histories, use Save search/alert: set up a My Research account with ProQuest to enable this feature.

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