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Alt-PressWatch: Sample Searches

A guide to all aspects of Alt-PressWatch including content, searching, and viewing results on the new ProQuest platform.

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Please note that the links below will only work if you are authenticated to Alt-PressWatch. For alternative methods of authentication and links to Alt-PressWatch please see the documents in the Additional Materials page.

Sample Searches

Basic Search      

You are looking for information on the legalization of medical marijuana.

  • Type legalization AND "medical marijuana" into the Basic Search box.
  • 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 drag the first gray handle over toward the right side of the bar chart to limit your search to more recent items. Drag the handle over to search on items published from 2010 – 2018 and click update.
  • 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, click on the Preview link available on each record to view the major fields of the record.
  • For additional record details select the Details link under each record, or select the Full Text  link to view full text.
  • 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 refining your results using other Narrow results by options like Source Type or Subject.

Advanced Search

You are looking for recent full-text articles about litigation relating to same sex marriage.

From the Advanced Search page, choose the Thesaurus link (above the first search row).

  • Type marriage into the search box and choose the Contains words search option. Using the Thesaurus will help you identify the correct subject terms.
  • Mark the appropriate subject which is Same sex marriage.
  • Then click Add to Search (at the bottom of the Thesaurus search form).
  • From the second search row in the Advanced Search page, type litigation OR lawsuit and choose Anywhere from the pull-down menu.
  • From the Limit to section select the Full text box.
  • From the Publication date limiter, choose Last 3 years.
  • Click Search.
  • To begin reviewing your results, click on 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, or select the Full Text  link to view full text.
  • 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 Create alert to receive an email when new results are loaded into Alt-Press Watch 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 Alt-PressWatch, search within those publications, and browse the available issues.

You want to browse the latest issue of Eugene Weekly.

  • Type Eugene Weekly in the search box and select to search In title from the pull-down menu.
  • Click on the publication title 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 journal or the Browse specific issues feature to look through the contents of an issue.
  • To browse the latest issue, select 2018 to see the published issues and then choose the most recent issue.