Proquest Central Database Introduction
What is Proquest Central?
ProQuest Central contains databases across all major subject areas, including Language and Literature, Social Sciences, Education, Science and Technology, as well as thousands of full-text newspapers from around the world.
Think about words associated with you question(s).
Remember that a search engine looks for words, but does not understand their meanings. A search for paper consumption won't find the term printing.
How the search engines work:
By default, the search software will look for documents with all the terms entered. paper consumption colleges (not a very good start!)
Use "quotation marks" to search for exact phrases. "paper consumption"
Separate terms with OR to find any of the words entered. (paper or "credit card*) and "college students"
We will do a sample search together, then break into groups to search new topics.
Find information about paper use on college campuses.
Finding Background Information
Conducting research is a complex process. Developing a list of terms and relationships among those terms is part of developing a research strategy.
Reading background information may help you refine the questions you ask and may lead you to related questions as well.
Credo Reference is a good place to start.