Open University Libraries, The University of New Mexico
Welcome to this tutorial on using databases available from ProQuest for art-related research. Here you will learn to:
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Let's begin by searching ProQuest's art-related databases.
First, click P under Databases. Then scroll down and click ProQuest Databases. You are now in the ProQuest search platform.
The default setting is to search all 33 ProQuest databases available through UNM University Libraries. Note that the number of databases you are searching is displayed at the top of the window:
To choose which databases you'd like to search, there are a couple options:
How many databases are included in the Arts subject area on ProQuest?
For our sample search, let's look for materials on school murals or other public art. We'll choose several databases relevant for our search.
First, click the yellow arrow at the top of the window, next to Searching: 33 databases. Next, click Select all in the upper left corner of the dialogue window that appears. Then choose the following databases:
(Albuquerque High School Mural by Francisco Lefebre, 1978)
Now we are searching 3 databases on Advanced Search page.
Enter "school" in the first search box, "mural" in the second row of boxes next to AND, and "public art" (with quotation marks) in the following box next to OR. Your search boxes should look like this:
In databases, the following have specific uses and meanings. Click on each of the following to read an explanation:
The results of our search were too many to be useful. This is often the case, so it's important to know how to narrow them.
Take a look at the sidebar on the right side of the results page for the many options for narrowing results.
Which of the following is NOT an option for narrowing results on ProQuest?
Try out some of these tools for narrowing results. Think about which tools would be useful for your research, such as limiting results to peer-reviewed sources or those in a particular language.
("Alphabetosaurus," 2003 sculpture by Carl Goldman at the Carnegie Museum of Natural History in Pittsburgh, PA)
Once you have located the record of an item you're interested in, you'll want to locate the item itself. There are several possibilities you may encounter.
First, you may see either Full Text or Full Text - PDF at the bottom of a record. Clicking on Full Text lets you read the source as a webpage. Clicking on Full Text - PDF allows you to download the source as a PDF file.
Second, you may see a Find @ UNM button:
Clicking the button will open another browser window explaining options for obtaining the item, such as:
You may need to do a bit of sleuthing to find a source. If you ever need help locating materials, please do not hesitate to contact a librarian.
("Visitation Realization," a 1998 mural at Visitation Elementary School in Chicago, IL)
This tutorial has demonstrated how to:
You can also contact a librarian at the UNM Univeristy Libraries homepage. Click Ask a Librarian in the upper right corner. Please don’t hesitate to contact us with questions! We’re here to help you succeed with your coursework and research.
("There Is a Hero Within You," a 2009 mural located at Donoghue School in Chicago, IL)
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