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EDD Dissertation Guide

Guide for students in the EDD programs writing their dissertations.

ProQuest Database Guides

My Research is used to save, manage, and organize items in ProQuest. It is also used to save searches and create search alerts..

Creating an Account and Signing In

1. Click on the profile icon  and select the Sign into My Research link (located in the upper, right-hand corner of any page in the ProQuest platform) to create an account or sign into an existing account.

2. The link to Create a My Research account is to the right of the Sign in box.

3. To create an account, just fill in the required fields: name, username, password, and email address. Baker does not have a RefWorks account, so ignore this part of the form. 


Once you create a My Research account, you will have access to the following items (located in tabs when you are signed in):

  • Documents – Save, view, and organize ProQuest documents. If you have a RefWorks account synced with your My Research account, you will also see your RefWorks records and folders here.
  • Searches – Save searches to provide easy future access to search strategies and results.
  • Alerts – Manage any alerts that you create while logged in to My Research.
  • RSS feeds – Manage any RSS feeds that you create while logged in to My Research.
  • Widgets – Create and embed ProQuest search boxes in web pages and subject guides to make new access points to ProQuest.
  • Account – Adjust your account settings and preferences to personalize your ProQuest search experience.

Important to know: My Research accounts will be permanently closed after three years of inactivity.

Proximity Operators

Proximity and adjacency operators are used to broaden and narrow your search.



Finds documents where the search terms are separated by up to a certain number of words of each other (either before or after).   Note: If you don't specify a number after the slash, NEAR will default to maximum 4 intervening words between terms

Example: computer NEAR/3 careers                

                computer and careers can be separated by up to 3 intervening words

                retrieves        career in the computer industry



Finds documents where the search terms are separated by up to a certain number of words of each other in the specified order.    Note: If you don't specify a number after the slash, PRE will apply a default value of max 4 intervening words .

Example: "business management" PRE education    =  "business management" PRE/4 education

               "pre" p/1 war      retrieves pre-war   but also   pre-world-war         

(Note: to search PRE or NEAR as search terms, put them between quotes.)



Used primarily for searching specific fields, like Subject, EXACT looks for your exact search term in its entirety, rather than as part of a larger term.

Example: EXACT(“higher education”) in the Subject field            SU.EXACT(“higher education”)
will retrieve documents with the subject term "higher education".
Will not retrieve:documents with the subject terms “higher education administration”, “women in higher education”, etc.

This content was taken from the ProQuest LibGuide:

Truncation and Wildcards




The asterisk (*) is the Truncation character, used to replace one or more characters. The truncation character can be used at the end (right-hand truncation), or in the middle of a word. The maximum number of characters that will be retrieved is 5. 

Example: Searching for econom* will find economY, economICS, economICAL, etc.

Limited truncation: a number can be entered next to the asterisk to define how extensive the truncation should be. The max number supported is 20. This way the default limit of max 5 characters can be overcome.

Example: econom[*2] will find economY, economIC  but not economIST, i.e. will replace up to 2 characters only

An asterisk can also be used within the double quotes to account for the retrieval of plurals, for example. 

Example: "economic value*" can help retrieving also the plural "economic values"

(Please note: Exact quotes plus the truncation on a single word don’t work.

With "econom*" the truncation won’t execute). 



The question mark symbol (?) is the Wildcard character, used to replace any single character, either inside or at the right end of the word.  One single ? will retrieve only one more character, ?? won't retrieve less than 2 more characters, etc.

Example: Searching for t?re will find tire, tyre, tore, etc.


Use a hyphen to indicate a range when searching numerical fields, such as Publication date.

Example: YR(2005-2008)



Use the less than or greater than symbols to indicate before/after or smaller/larger or less/more when searching numerical fields, such as the Publication date.

Example: YR(>2008) will located documents published after 2008


*Note: When using the asterisk (*) or wildcard (?) in your search, any terms retrieved using either of these are not considered when sorting your results based on relevance. This is because there is no way for ProQuest to assess the relevance of these terms to your research as the term itself is not exact. For example, your search on 'bio*' could return occurrences of any of all of these terms: 'bionic' or 'biosynthesis' or 'biodegrade' or 'biographic.' One, some, all, or none could be relevant to your search. 

This content was taken from the ProQuest LibGuide: