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Canadian Business & Current Affairs (CBCA) Database: Sample Searches

A guide to all aspects of CBCA Reference & Current Events including content, searching, and viewing results on the ProQuest platform.

Search CBCA Database

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Please note that the links below will only work if you are authenticated to CBCA Reference & Current Events. If you are unable to access your account, please contact your local librarian.

Sample Searches

Basic Search      

You want to find articles on the environmental impact of oil sand mining in Canada.

  • Type oil sands AND environmental impact into the Basic Search box or use the widget on the left.  

Note: The widget will only work if you are already authenticated to your organization’s CBCA account. If it does not work, please login through your organization’s library to access CBCA directly. If you have questions about accessing your ProQuest databases, please contact your local librarian.

  • Based on the large amount of results that are retrieved, it is a good idea to refine your results using the Narrow results by feature.
  • From the Narrow results by, go to the Publication Date limit and adjust the date range by dragging the handle over to view results from 2006 - current.
  • Go to the top of the results page to the Sort results by pull-down menu (just above the Narrow results by) and re-sort your items by Publication Date (most recent first) and click Sort.
  • To begin reviewing your results, hover over the Preview link available on each record to view the major fields of the record.
  • For additional record details, select the Citation/Abstract link under each record to view the full record.
  • If you are dissatisfied with your results (you may think that you have too many or too few results or could be more specific), consider using Related Searches to run a new search using subjects related to your current search. From the list of Suggested subjects, select Environmental impact AND Oil sands.

Note: When you select a Suggested subject, it removes any of your previous limits (such as the date limit we selected earlier for 2010 – 2013). You now have a smaller set of relevant results because each record appearing in the results has been indexed and classified with the relevant subjects (Environmental impact AND Oil sands) appearing in each record under the subject field (whereas before the terms simply had to appear somewhere in the results).

 

Advanced Search

You want to find articles discussing the views of Canadian aborginals on climate change.

  • From the Advanced Search page and the first search box, type aboriginal in the first search box.
  • From the second search row and first box, type view and in the second box, type perception.
  • Click the Add a Row link to open a third row.
  • From the third row and first search box, type global warming and in the second box, type climate change.
  • Click Search.
  • To begin reviewing your results, hover over the Preview link available on each record to view the major fields of the record.
  • For additional record details, select the Citation/Abstract link under each record to view the full record.
  • Mark any records that interest you to save, print, email, cite, export, save to your My Research account, or to view selected items later.
  • From the top of the results page (under the search box) select Save search/alert and Create alert to receive an email when new results are loaded into CBCA that meet your search criteria.
  • Enter your email address, choose the email format, and schedule your alert based on when you would like to receive an email of your results and how long you would like the alert to last.
  • Click Create alert.

 

Publications

Use this page to locate publications covered in CBCA, search within those publications, and browse the available issues.

You want to locate general interest periodicals published in French.

  • Go to the Narrow publications list section and choose Publication subject and then choose General Interest Periodicals - Canada. 
  • Return to the Narrow publications list and choose Language and then French..
  • Click on the publication title for L'Actualité to be taken to the publication’s search page and the list of available issues.
  • Use the Search within publication search box to search for articles in the magazine or the Browse specific issues feature to look through the contents of an issue.