Searching ProQuest Historical Newspapers

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What is ProQuest Historical Newspapers?

ProQuest Historical Newspapers contains articles from several major newspapers, including the New York Times, Los Angeles Times, and Chicago Tribune.

                

Your Research Scenario

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.

Try a Search

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Let's first try a simple search

Your Turn:

  • In the first search box, type "Cuyahoga River" AND fire (don't forget the quotes)
  • Click Search 

Try a Search

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How many results did you find?

Narrow Results

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Your Turn:

  • Locate the Sort box (on the left).

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

Narrow Results

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Your Turn:

  • Change the Sort to Oldest first
  • Click Sort 

Just below this are options to Narrow results by

  • Scroll down 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

Narrow Results

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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

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Your Turn:

  • Return to the Sort box and select Relevance
  • Click Sort
  • 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

Evaluate Results

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

Evaluate Results

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

Refine Your Search

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  • Click the Back to results link at the top of the page

          

  • Click the Modify search link below the search box

       

Refine Your Search

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Your Turn:

  • Add AND environment* to your search

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

  • Click Search

Refine Your Search

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How many results did you get?

Email Article

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With ProQuest Historical Newspapers you can email, print, cite, and export articles.

Your Turn:

  • Locate the article "Cleveland Calls River Cleanup Symbol of City Gains"
  • Click the title of the article to access it
  • Click the Email link

                

Email Article

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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

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Your Turn:

  • Close the Email pop-up window
  • Click More...

           

Export/Save Citation

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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

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.

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