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Political Science Database: Searchable Fields

Thesaurus

The ProQuest Thesaurus is used to index the Political Science Database subject field. Subject terms are found in the subject field and this field is part of the searchable fields table to the right. Subject terms are also commonly known as descriptors, controlled vocabulary, and sometimes classification terms.

In the Political Science Database, there are different subject types and in addition to the all encompassing subject field, there is also a separate subject field for company/organization, person, and location. These are also included in the searchable fields table to the right.

The thesaurus allows you to find subject terms to narrow or broaden your search and is available from the Advanced and Command Line Search. If you want to run a search on a subject, but you do not know what term to use, use the thesaurus to search the controlled vocabulary. A hierarchical display is available and will give suggestions on the appropriate subject terms to add to your search.

To use the thesaurus, select the Thesaurus link from the Advanced and Command Line earch, then browse or search for subjects containing the word or beginning with the word. Mark the items that you would like to search and then select the appropriate Boolean operator to combine your items. Click the Add to search button and your terms will be placed into the search form. From there, run your search to include the subject terms (adding additional search fields and terms if needed).

Look Ups and Browsable Indexes

Political Science Database offers six Look ups or browsable indexes, so you can easily find spelling or format variations of, for example, an author's name or a journal title. You can find the Look up links in the advanced search page and they are available for the following searchable fields: authorcompany/organization, locations, people, publication and subject. For a description of these fields, please see the searchable fields table to the right. 

Note: Look ups are also available from the Command Line search (through the Look up terms link).

To use and locate a Look up or browsable index, select the field from the advanced search pull-down menu. If a Look up is available, under the search row you will see a link to the Look up. Other Look ups and browsable indexes will be listed in the Limit To section of the advanced search page.

Select the Look up link and then you will see a browsable and alphabetical index for that field. There are some indexes that will not display an alphabetical list before searching for the term, rather you will have to enter a term first, and then the alphabetical list of matches will display.

Once you locate the index term that you would like to add to your search, mark the item, and then click the Add to search button. The index term will now appear in the advanced search form along with the appropriate pull-down menu selection.

Searchable Fields

Field Name

Label

Search Examples & Explanation

Abstract

 AB

AB("international relations")

We use the journal-provided abstract with little or no modification, or have members from our editorial team write an abstract from scratch, drawing on the article’s text and concepts. Our team’s goal is to make the article’s point as clearly and succinctly as possible.

Anywhere

N/A

(Political socialization)

Enter keyword(s) without a field code label to search the entire record.

Anywhere except full text

ALL

ALL(voluntary workers)

Searches for keywords in the citation and abstract. It is a full record search, but does not include a search on the full text.

Author

AU

 

AU(O'Donnell, Guillermo)

Use to find documents written by a particular author. Try searching on both the full first name and initials in order to retrieve all publications by a specific author.

Cited Author

CAU

CAU(Greenspan)

Use to search for an author that is part of the Cited References section of a record.

Cited Document Title

CTI

CTI(Mortgages)

Use to search for document titles that are part of the Cited References section of a record.

Cited Publication Date

CYR

CYR(October 2004)

Use to search for publication dates that are part of the Cited References section of a record.

Cited Publication Title

CPUB

CPUB(economist)

Use to search for a publication title that is part of the Cited References section of a record.

Company/Organization

ORG

 

ORG(Environmental Protection Agency)  

Search for a company or other organizations featured prominently in an article.

Document Text

FT

FT(Mortgage backed securities)

Search for keywords in the body of the article.

Document Title

TI

 

TI(BRIC)

Locates the occurrence of search words in the title of the article.

International Standard Serials Number

ISSN

 

ISSN(1944-267x)  

This search field looks for the eight digit International Standard Serials Number (ISSN), where available. Hyphens are optional.

Location

LOC

LOC(Austin)

Search for a specific geographic area or location.

Person

PER

PER(Mandela, Nelson)

Use to find articles about a person.

Publication Title

PUB

 

PUB(Journal of Democracy)

Use to search by a specific publication or publications.

References

REF

REF(political consultants)

Use the reference search field to look for the data in a cited reference. It will search all of the main components of a cited reference (cited author, cited document title, cited publication date, and cited publication title).

Section

SEC

SEC(democracy)

Search for documents in a specific section of a publication.

Subject Heading(All)

SU

SU(campaigns)

Use the subject search field to look for articles about a specific subject. A search for the subject heading “campaigns” will find articles with the subject campaigns, demonstrations & protests or donations. To run an exact subject search where only “campaigns” is retrieved and not subject terms that contain additional terms, search using EXACT.

SU.EXACT(campaigns)