Searching ProQuest Historical Newspapers

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In this tutorial, you'll learn how to find newspaper articles using ProQuest Historical Newspapers. This database contains articles from several major newspapers, including the New York Times, Los Angeles Times, and Chicago Tribune. 

Use the arrows below to navigate through the tutorial.

Using the page to your right, click on Historical Newspapers-ProQuest (New York Times, Los Angeles Times, Atlanta Constitution, Chicago Tribune, Washington Post).

You may be prompted to enter your UA NetID and password.

You are now in the ProQuest Historical Newspapers database.

Identify Keywords

What are keywords?

Read the scenario below:

You're taking a U.S. Environmental History course and your professor has assigned you a research project. You need to learn about an environmental disaster that influenced the U.S. environmental movement.

You've decided to focus on the 1969 fire on Cleveland's Cuyahoga River.

What are the best keywords for searching newspaper articles on this topic?

Try a Search

In the first search box, type "Cuyahoga River"
(NOTE: By using quotation marks, you'll be able to search for this exact phrase).

In the second search box, type fire.

Click the Search button.

How many results did you find?

Narrow Results

1 of 2

Locate the Sort results by: box (on the right).

What is the default method for sorting results in ProQuest Historical Newspapers?

Narrow Results

2 of 2Now use the drop-down menu for Sort results by: and select Publication date (oldest first). Click the Sort button.

Just below this are options to Narrow results by. Open the list of available document types in your results by clicking the + next to Document type.

Note the different types of documents in this newspaper database. Many (such as Classified ad) will not be relevant to your search and will clutter your results.

Select Front page Article. Now you have about 20 results.

Look at the search results. What is the first date that the New York Times reported a fire burning on the Cuyahoga River?

Evaluate Results

Now return to the Sort results by: box and re-sort your results by Relevance. Select Relevance from the drop-down and click the Search button.

Locate this article: "Cleveland's Polluted River Is a Potential Fire Threat."

Click on the title of the article to open it and read through it.

What happened when a Tribune reporter dipped his hand into the river?

Would this article help you with your research topic (an environmental disaster that influenced the U.S. environmental movement)?

Refine Your Search

Click the << Back to results link at the top of the page.

Click the Modify search link below the search box.

Type the word environment* in the last search box.

NOTE: the * will look for words that contain different endings of the word environment, such as environmental.

Click the Search button.

How many results did you get?

Email Article

From these results, select Cleveland Calls River Cleanup Symbol of City Gains (within first 10 results on the page). To select it, click the box to the far left of the article title (not the article title itself).

Locate the Email, Print, Cite, and Export/Save icons near the top of the page:

email print cite export

 Click the Email icon.

In the window that pops up, what should you select under Content: if you want to email the entire article to yourself?

Export/Save Citation

Close the Email pop-up window.

Again locate the Email, Print, Cite, and Export/Save icons near the top of the page.

Hover over the words Export/Save.

Is it possible to export this citation to a RefWorks account?

Create Citation

You're almost done. For the last task, click the Cite icon near the top of the page.  

emil print cite export

How many different citation styles are you given?

NOTE: It's very important to double-check each citation to make sure it has been formatted correctly. Details such as capitalization, punctuation, italicization, or date order may be incorrect.

The End

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