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Students reported feeling “anxious” and confused when trying to research. Many felt overwhelmed by the volume of results their searches would turn up, not realizing that there are ways to narrow those searches and get more tailored results. Others would abandon their research topics when they couldn’t find enough sources, unaware that they were using the wrong search terms or database for their topics.

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The Library is pleased to announce a trial of the following databases through our existing ProQuest subscription. The trial is effective from February 29 through May 31, 2012. Once you click on the link and get to the ProQuest home screen, scroll down the page for the list of available titles in the trial and you can connect directly to the ones you would like. Alternatively, you can just enter your search in the main search box and relevant articles from the trial titles will be returned in your results list.

 Please make use of these titles during the trial period and send any feedback to the Interim Library Director – Dr. James Hogan – campus X8511 or email mailto:library@worcester.edu. He will consider your comments as well as usage statistics in order to make a decision on whether or not to add these titles to our regular database subscriptions.  

These are the databases included in the trial:

  • American Periodicals and Periodicals Archive Online
  • ProQuest Historical Newspapers: Boston Globe (1872 – 1979)
  • ProQuest Historical Newspapers: The New York Times (1851-2008) with Index (1851-1993)
  • ProQuest Historical Newspapers: The Wall Street Journal (1889-1994)

http://gold.worcester.edu/login?url=http://search.proquest.com  Any ProQuest database link on any library web page will enable you to access the titles included in the trial. Just scroll down on the ProQuest home page and click the titles you’d like to search.

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