Keeping track of your sources

It's a good idea to keep track of the articles you find, so it's easy for you to refer back to them when you're writing your reference list. Here are a few ways you can do this:

Using the folder functionality

Education Combo

To save an article, click on the folder icon next to the article title. To access your saved items, just click on the word Folder at the top of the page.

If you access your saved items, you can email or print the items in your folder. I recommend you click Sign In to create an account, if you would like to access these items in the future. 

Education Database

First, select the item you want to save, and then click the file box icon (third from the left) to save it to My Research. You can click on the folder icon at the top of the page to access your saved items.

If you access your saved items, you can email yourself the saved items. You can also create a My Research account if you would like to access your save items at a later time.

You can use the cite function (the icon with the quotation marks), but please be aware that ProQuest does not provide citation information for the current (7th) edition of the APA style manual. Even though the 7th edition came out in 2019...

Download the articles

One of the easier methods for keeping track of your articles is to download PDF versions of the articles, and save them on Google Drive, a USB drive, or your computer. 

Personally, I do not use the Google Drive option in Education Combo, because:

  • It does not allow you to name the file.
  • It does not allow you to choose which folder the file is saved in.

Save the article URL

VERY IMPORTANT: Do not copy the URL from the address bar! That is a temporary URL that will expire after a short time.

I also recommend that you do NOT bookmark articles - it saves the temporary URL, not the permanent one. If you want to save URLs, your best bet might be to dump them into a Google doc or something similar. 

Education Combo

Look for the permalink function, in the right sidebar:

Education Database

Click on Abstract/Details, scroll down and look for the Document URL.

Screenshot of the ProQuest search interface, with document URL marked