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ProQuest Central

Searchable Fields

An accessible version of the Searchable Fields table is available below.

Field Name

Label

Search Examples & Explanation

Abstract

AB

 

 

AB(global warming)

Publication abstracts are provided for most articles. Search the abstract field specifically to ensure that you get focused results. Search phrases using truncation to capture alternative endings of words; search multi-word phrases with quotation marks to ensure exact phrases.

Accession Number/ProQuest Document ID

AN

AN(356894)

Searches both the ProQuest document ID (applied to all documents) and the 3rd party document ID (applied to some databases, such as PsycINFO).

Anywhere

N/A

(tornadoes OR hurricanes OR “natural disasters”)

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

Anywhere except full text

NOFT

NOFT(criminal justice)

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(Knowles, Malcolm)

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. Can be searched as (last name, first name) or (first name last name).

Author Affiliation

AF

AF(MIchigan)

Use to search on additional author information such as institutional affiliation, location of institution, and if provided, the email address of the author can sometimes appear in this field.

Cited Author

CAU

AU(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 1987)

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.

Column

COL

COL(Review)

Search for regular features that contain an opinion or point of view

Company/Organization

ORG

 

ORG(Department of the Interior) 

Search for a company or other organizations featured prominently in an article. NAICS and SIC codes, when available, are also indexed in this field.

Corporate Author

CA

CA(Blue Cross)

Search for corporate/institutional name, country, city as the author of a document.

Date Line

DLN

DLN(London)

Search an articles datelines that often appear in newspaper articles just after the article title and provide the date and place of the original article.

Digital Object Identifiers

DOI

DOI(10.1007/s00180-010-0212-6)

Search for documents with DOIs using the DOI search.

Document Feature

DF

DF(Chart)

Use to search for features in an article such as charts, diagrams, illustrations, and photographs.

Document Text

FT

FT(Freedom of expression)

Search for keywords in the body of the article.

Document Title

TI

 

TI(Boston marathon)

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

Document Type

DType

DType(Market Research)

Use this to find specific document types such as article, business case, company profile, and market research.

Image caption

CAP

CAP(Obama)

Search the brief description usually accompanying an illustration or photograph.

ISBN

ISBN

ISBN(9780549687191)

This search field looks for the 12 and 13 digit International Standard Book Number (ISBN), where available. Hyphens are optional.

ISSN

ISSN

ISSN(00014788)

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

Issue

ISS

ISS(8368)

Use to search the issue number of a resource.

Journal Subject

JSU

JSU("Children and Youth-About")

JSU(Psychology)

Locate records using the journal's assigned subject coverage. Also see the Publications page and use the Subject narrowing facet to refine the list of publications by journal subject.

Language

LA

LA(French)

Use to locate the original language of the document.

Location

LOC

LOC("Pacific Northwest")

LOC("Detroit Michigan")

LOC(Sweden)

Search for a specific geographic area or location.

MeSH

MeSH

MESH(intervention studies)

MeSH stands for Medical Subject Heading and is the National Library of Medicine's controlled vocabulary thesaurus. Any record with MeSH subjects means that the record is indexed in MEDLINE/PubMed.  When a record has MeSH subjects assigned to it, you will often see ProQuest Subjects assigned to it as well. The ProQuest subjects appear in the Subject Heading (All) field.

NAICS

NAICS

NAICS(336411)

The NAICS code defines the economic activity of a business as defined by the US Census Bureau.

Page

PG

PG(221-230)

PG (A1)

Search for specific page numbers or page ranges.

Person

PER

PER(Melinda Gates)

Use to find articles about a person.

Place of Publication

CP

CP(New York)

Use to locate articles published in a specific place. This will search for the city and county of publication.

Product

NP

NP(iPod)

Use to find articles about a specific product.

Publication Date

PD

PD(19871020)

Use to find a specific publication date. Can be searched as:

 (YYYYMMDD) = (19871020)

 (YYYY and month) or (month and YYYY)= (1987 and Oct)

 (YYYY) = 1987

The use of <, >, and – are supported to specify before or after a specific date and a date range.

Publication Title

PUB

 

PUB(Nature)

Use to search for a specific publication such as the journal or book title.

Publisher

PB

PB(BioMed Central Ltd.)

Use to search for the publisher of the source such as the journal publisher.

References

REF

REF(occupational accidents)

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(travel)

Search for documents in a specific section of a publication.

Source Type

SType

STYPE(newspapers)

Use to find a specific source type such as books, newspapers, and scholarly journals.

Subject Heading(All)

SU

SU(Yoga)

Use the subject search field to look for articles about a specific subject. A search for the subject heading “yoga”, will find articles with the subjects-- yoga, ashtanga yoga, yoga practice, etc. To run an exact subject search where only “yoga” is retrieved and not subject terms that contain additional terms, search using EXACT.

SU.EXACT(Yoga)

Ticker Symbol

TKS

TKS(MOT)

Use to search for documents about a company with the company’s ticker symbol. Ticker symbols, when available, are displayed in the Company/Organization area of the indexing (details).

Volume

VO

VO(100)

Use to search for the volume of a resource.