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Periodicals Archive Online (PAO): Sample Searches

A guide to all aspects of Periodicals Archive Online (PAO) including content, searching, and viewing results on the ProQuest platform

Search Periodicals Archive Online

Links to Periodicals Archive Online

Please note that the links below will only work if you are authenticated to Periodicals Archive Online.

Sample Searches

Basic Search

 - You have heard that Charles Dickens first published Oliver Twist serially and under a pseudonym and you would like to find the first installation of the novel.

  • Type “oliver twist” into the search box
  • Click Search.
  • On the results page, select Publication Date (oldest first) from the Sort result by drop-down box
  • Click Sort

 Advanced Search

 - The history of fashion course you are taking has assigned a research paper on the role of makeup in history. You have decided to look at theatrical makeup.

  • Type cosmetic* or makeup and select Anywhere from the field code drop-down menu
  • Under Search options, click on Look up Publication subject next to the Journal Subject(s) field and type in Performing Arts, select it and then click Add to search
  • Click Search.

- You are interested in looking at articles discussing John Calvin’s Institutes of the Christian Religion. You realize after you start your search that you are most interested in what was being written during the 1940’s.

  • Type calvin and institutes and select Anywhere from the field code drop-down menu
  • In the Publication date drop-down menu, select Specific Date Range and type 1940 in the Start box and 1949 in the End box.
  • Click Search

NOTE: You can also run your search without any Publication date limitation and then narrow your search results by clicking on the Enter a specific date range right underneath the Publication date histogram

 

- Knowing that events and eras are named after the fact, you want to find the year when World War I first was referred to by that name in an article title. You think it probably happened sometime between 1935 and 1945.

  • Type "great war" or "first world war" or "world war 1" or "world war I" and select Document Title from the field code drop-down menu
  • In the Publication date drop-down menu, select Specific Date Range and type 1935 in the Start box and 1945 in the End box.
  • Click Search

NOTE: Put quotation marks around phrases like “great war” in order to search for these words as exact phrases.

 

Publication Search

- You are interested in finding economics journals that also cover political science topics.

  • In the Publications tab, search by Economics AND "Political Science" in the "Subject" field:
  • Click Search