The links above will allow you to jump to different content areas on this page.
The Penn State Libraries subscribe to numerous ProQuest products.
To get to the list of databases, press INSERT + F7 on the libraries homepage and selected Databases by Title (A-Z). From this page, you can browse through the list of thousands of databases with their descriptions or you can enter a keyword and search for a specific database.
Alternatively, if you search for ProQuest via the Search Databases search box, you will be taken to a page that lists multiple ProQuest products, several are specific to various fields of study, like psychology. The most comprehensive database is simply called ProQuest (Multiple Databases). It allows you to search all ProQuest products at the same time.
Select the database that you believe to be the most fitting for your research needs. Upon selecting a database, a new window will open with a redirect page. After several seconds, you will be taken to the database homepage.
ProQuest - Search all databases
Avery Index to Architectural Periodicals
Dissertations and These at CIC Institutions
Environmental Sciences and Pollution Management
International Bibliography of Art
International Index to Music Periodicals Full Text
Library and Information Science Abstracts
Linguistics and Language Behavior Abstracts
Meteorological & Geoastrophysical AbstractsNTIS Databases (National Technical Information Service)
Nursing and Allied Health Source
PILOTS Abstracts (Published International Literature on Traumatic Stress)
ProQuest Aerospace Database
ProQuest Dissertations and Theses A&I
ProQuest Education Journals
Social Services Abstracts
Worldwide Political Science Abstracts
This Guide will not assist you with navigating the following ProQuest databases, as they have very different search interfaces:
ProQuest Statistical Datasets
ProQuest Statistical Insights
ProQuest Congressional Publications
Note: these key commands are different than the JAWS commands and are included in this guide to provide additional methods of navigating the database.
0 = Accessibility page
1 = Search page
2 = Skip navigation
3 = Sitemap
4 = Quick search box on the results page
6 = Help (opens in a new window)
Press the key combinations listed below to access the specific page or functionality listed above. The ‘Accesskey’ corresponds to the numeric values 1–6 listed above. For example, to display the ProQuest sitemap using Internet Explorer 7, hold down the ALT key, press 3, and then press ENTER.
ALT + accesskey + ENTER
SHIFT + ALT + accesskey (PC)
CTRL + accesskey (Mac)
ALT + accesskey (PC)
CTRL + accesskey (Mac)
SHIFT + ESC to list the access keys available
Alt + accesskey
The Advanced Search page is the default homepage, but you can access the Basic Search page by selecting the ‘Basic Search’ link. To navigate to the Basic Search page, press the keys INSERT + F7 to get a list of links available on the page and use the ARROW keys until you hear Basic Search. The Basic Search page only has one edit box and a combo box with a menu of limiters you may select, such as full text, peer reviewed, and more. These limiters vary by database.
The Advanced Search page has 5 edit boxes to enter search criteria. The layout is as follows:
Row 1: Edit field, combo box with limiters (for example author, keyword, title, and more),
Row 2: Combo box with a boolean operators (for example or, not, and), edit field, combo box with limiters,
Row 3: Combo box with boolean operators, edit field, combo box.
You have the option of adding additional rows of edit fields after the five provided boxes have been used.
When you are done entering your search query, you can press ENTER to browse your results or you can further refine your search by using the TAB key to move down the page to other limiter options, narrowing your search.
Both the Basic Search and Advanced Search pages provide an area below the edit fields and combo boxes allowing you various options to limit your results to include only results that are full text, peer reviewed, or the latest updates regarding your search topic. Most databases provide an option to narrow your search with a date range using a combo box.
Other limiters available will vary by database, though the layout of the 'Search Options' area is practically identical in all the ProQuest products.
You may choose how you would like your search results to be organized – relevance or publication date (oldest to newest and vice versa), how many results you would like per page using a combo box (default is 20 per page), in addition to selecting to include duplicate documents (the database excludes duplicates by default).
Selecting the Search button will take you to your results page.
To skip directly to your search results, use access key 2 with the appropriate key combinations - using ALT or SHIFT or ENTER, for your browser. You will still have to TAB through all of the links at the top of the page and down the side menu.
Once at your results, you will hear the following:
If the document is not available via PDF or full-text from this databases, there is a 'Get it' button located right after the citation/abstract link that will allow you to request the item via ILLIAD, or interlibrary loan. You can learn more about InterLibrary Loan by clicking here.
To easily save or print more than one document at a time, navigate to the check box next to the document title on the results page. Check the box(es) then press INSERT + F7 to get a list of links on the page. Use the ARROW keys to navigate to the following options:
If you have a record open, you can get to the same list of options by again, pressing INSERT + F7.
To get back to the list of records on the Results page, press the Backspace key or Alt + left arrow.
Please note: All options in a modal box - which is a window that lays over the webpage, maintaining the webpage on the screen, just in the background and greyed out. JAWS sometimes has a difficult time reading the modal boxes and will stay on the webpage. If you experience this issue, press CTRL + END to get to the bottom of the modal box and use the UP ARROW key to navigate to the top of the display.