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					                                                     ProQuest ABI/INFORM
For Business Information
Quick Reference Guide
One of the world's first electronic databases, ABI/INFORM has been a premier source of business information for more than 30 years. The database
contains content from thousands of journals that help researchers track business conditions, trends, management techniques, corporate strategies, and
industry-specific topics worldwide.

Getting Started                                                            Advanced Search


To work with the ABI/INFORM database, you may need to select it. If
you do not see ABI/INFORM Archive Complete or ABI/INFORM Global
after Databases Selected at the top of your page, follow these steps
to select it:
1 From the main page of ProQuest, click Databases Selected.
  You see the Databases page.
2 Check the box before ABI/INFORM.
3 Click Continue to begin searching


Basic Search




                                                                           Advanced Search gives expert searchers access to reference tables for
                                                                           running highly focused searches.
                                                                           1 Click Advanced Search.
                                                                           2 Specify preferences for your search.
The Basic Search page lets you quickly and easily construct a search.      3 Use the various options to focus your search. Click the More Search
You can enter terms on this page, or go to the Advanced search pages         Options link to view other fields that let you focus your search.
to create more powerful searches.                                          4 Click Search.
1 Click Basic Search.
2 Enter search terms in the search field.
3 Use the various options to focus your search. Click the More
  Search Options link to view other fields to focus your search.
4 Click Search.




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                                                                           ProQuest® Smart Search Suggested Publications
Boolean Operators                                                          Next to the Suggested Topics you will see Suggested Publications. You can
·Entering multiple terms can focus your search. You can use Boolean        select a publication relevant to the terms you entered in the search field.
Operators to explain how those terms interact ("dog, and not cat",         When you click on a Publication name, you will be taken to the Publication
"Hillary appearing within two words of Clinton"). ProQuest supports:       Search page, where you can select an issue or search within the
                                                                           publication. Click Next and Prev to view more publications.
                Operators Rules and Examples                               Article links
   AND           AND searches for the terms in the same paragraph          The title of each article in your Search Results list is a link to the article.
                 (250 words).                                              Click the title to read the article online. The article will appear in the best
                  environment AND cancer                                  available format. ProQuest observes the following order to determine best-
                  Congress AND Iraq                                       available format: Text+Graphics, Full Text, Page Image, Citation/Abstract.
   AND NOT       AND NOT finds articles containing the term before         Format icons
                 AND NOT, but not the terms after AND NOT                  Next to each article in your list, you'll find icons representing the various
                  Surfing AND NOT internet                                formats available for reading the article using ProQuest. To read an article
                  Skiing AND NOT cross-country                            online in a specific format, click the icon corresponding to the format you
                                                                           want.
   NOT W/#       Search words must be separated by at least # words
                 to match.
                  computer NOT W/2 careers
                                                                           Article Display
   OR            Either the search words before or after OR can
                 appear in the article.
                  Gold OR Silver
   PRE/#         The first search word must precede the second by #
                 words to match.
                  U.S. PRE/20 Economic Policy
   W/#           Searches for terms within the specified number of
                 words from each other.
                  airport W/20 security
                  export W/50 Japan*


Search Results




                                                                           When you click on an article title, you see the Article Display page. On this
                                                                           page you can read the article you selected.
                                                                           Email Article
                                                                           Click Email to email your article. Complete the email form, specifying the
Once you enter your search terms and click Search, you see the
                                                                           citation style, the format to use when sending the article (brief citation,
Search Results page. On this page you can browse through the
                                                                           citation and abstract, or full text), whether to send HTML or plain text , email
articles that match your search, or click on a title to view an article.
                                                                           address, a subject, and any comments. Then click Send Email. A note
ProQuest® Smart Search Suggested Topics                                    appears confirming that your email has been sent.
At the top of the Search Results page you will see Suggested Topics.       Print Article
These are alternate topics related to the search terms you have
                                                                           To print an article, click Print. The article will open in a printer-friendly
entered. Suggested Topics appear in order by relevance (best
                                                                           format, and the print dialog box will launch. Make sure you have your printer
suggestions and matches first) and often contain pairs of index terms
                                                                           selected, and click Print in the print dialog box.
to help focus results. Click Next and Prev to view more terms.
                                                                           Mark Article
When you click on one of these topics, a new search is performed and
you will see the Narrow your results by: options. Here, you can select     To save the article to your Marked List, check the Mark article box. Later
to view Topics, Dates, or Publications. You can select from these          you can access this article from your Marked List.
options to narrow your search by adding these choices to your search       Find Similar Articles Using More Like This
using AND.
                                                                           If your article contains index terms or keywords, you can click the Show
As you add terms to narrow your search, you will notice a "bread           options for finding similar articles link in the orange More Like This
crumb trail" below the ProQuest® Smart Search, showing each of the         section. Select one or more of these terms, then click Search to run a new
terms you added. Each term is a link, which you can use to step back       search using those terms.
in your search. If you add a term, and find it takes your search down
the wrong path, you can easily backtrack by clicking on earlier terms.

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Marked List                                                                  My Research Summary




Marked List lets you save articles and searches to use later. To view        The My Research Summary tab lets you save hypertext links to marked
your Marked List, click Marked List.                                         articles, recent searches and visited publications that you want to review
                                                                             later or share with friends and colleagues who have access to ProQuest.
Printing Your Bibliography
To print a bibliography for the articles in your Marked List, delete any     Edit the Contents of My Research Summary
unwanted articles, then click the Print your Bibliography link. Select       You can change the information displayed and saved from My Research
how you want your bibliography to print, and click Print. The                Summary by adding comments or explanations, and removing articles,
bibliography will open in a printer-friendly format, and the print dialog    searches, or groups.
box will launch. Make sure you have your printer selected, and click
                                                                             1 Click the Edit the information below link.
Print in the print dialog box.
                                                                               You see the Edit Search Summary page.
Saving or Exporting Your Bibliography
                                                                             2 Make any changes to your comments, labels, or the articles, searches,
To export an electronic version of your list for use in a bibliography,        and publications to include.
delete any unwanted articles. Then click the Export citations into
                                                                             3 Click Update to save your changes.
EndNote, ProCite, RefWorks or Reference Manager link. Click on
the format you want to export.                                               Downloading My Research Summary
Emailing Articles or your Bibliography                                       1 Click the Download your research summary as a web page / HTML
                                                                               file link.
To email articles from your list in a single batch including a
bibliography, begin by deleting any unwanted articles from your                You will see a version of the My Research Summary page containing
marked list. Then click the Email marked articles link. Complete the           only the information below the navigation features of the ProQuest page,
email form, specifying the citation style, the format to use when              and your browser's Save As window.
sending the article (brief citation, citation and abstract, or full text),   2 Enter a file name for your page.
whether to send HTML or plain text , email address, a subject, and any       3 Make sure the format is set to Web Page (.htm or .html).
comments. Then click Send Email. A note appears confirming that
                                                                             4 Navigate to the location you want to save the page.
your email has been sent.
                                                                             5 Click Save.
Remove Articles
                                                                             Email My Research Summary
To remove specific articles: Uncheck the box next to each article to
                                                                             1 Click the Email your search summary as a web page / HTML file. link.
remove from your Marked List, then click the Delete unmarked items
link to refresh the page.                                                      You see the Email My Research Summary page.
To remove all articles on your list: Click the Clear all on page link to     2 Complete the email form, including your name, an email address, subject,
uncheck the boxes next to all articles. Then click the Delete unmarked            and message.
items link to refresh the page.                                              3 Click Send Email.
                                                                                  You will see a message confirming that your email has been sent.
When you uncheck the box next to an article, it will be removed from
your marked list if you click on any link or leave the page.




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Topic Guide
                                                                           Search for a Topic with Look up Topics A-Z
                                                                           Follow these steps to locate a term with the Topic Guide using Look up
                                                                           Topics A-Z:
                                                                           1 Enter a term and select Look up Topics A-Z, then click Find Term.
                                                                           2 You see the nearest match (alphabetically) to your search terms. Do one
                                                                             of the following:
                                                                           Scroll through the list to locate the term you want.
                                                                           Select a filtering tab (People, Locations, Companies, Subjects).
                                                                           Navigate to a different page using the Jump to, Next and Previous links.
                                                                           3 Once you have narrowed the search, you will see additional filtering
                                                                             options. You can:
                                                                                   Scroll through the list to locate the term you want.
                                                                                   Select a filtering tab (People, Locations, Companies, Subjects,
                                                                                    Dates, Publications).
                                                                                   Navigate to a different page using the Jump to, Next and Previous
                                                                                    links.
                                                                                   Change the order the topics are sorted (Number of Results,
                                                                                    Alphabetical Order).
                                                                           4 Once you have found a term, click View Articles to run a search using
                                                                             that term. Or click Narrow to narrow your search using related terms.
The ProQuest Topic Guide lets you find articles by searching an index,
or by exploring a hierarchical subject directory. Indexed topics may       Browse the Subject Directory
include subjects, companies, people, and locations.                        The Topic Tree makes finding articles easy. Just click the topics that interest
· People lists famous or important people you're likely to want to         you, exploring the list. When you've found what you're looking for, click View
  include in your search. Names do not represent authors of articles       article.
  contained in the ProQuest collections.                                   Follow these steps to run a search using Topic Tree:
· Locations lists geographical names, such as the names of cities,         1 Make sure you're on the Topic Guide page. Click Topic Guide on the
  nations, landmarks, or regions.                                              main menu.
· Companies lists corporations, businesses, organizations, and other       2 Click browse the subject directory to view the topic tree.
  groups, such as performers.
                                                                           3 Click the word that most closely resembles the subject you're interested
· Subjects lists keywords. Subjects in our subject directory are based         in.
  on terms found in the ProQuest thesaurus, which contains a set of            A list of subtopics related to the subject you chose appears.
  specialized terms used to categorize information in ProQuest.
                                                                           4   Click the subtopic that matches the information you want most closely.
You can quickly find topics by browsing the indexed topics, searching          A list of words further refining the subtopic appears.
for a topic, or searching for a topic using ProQuest’s suggested topics.
                                                                           5   From that list, choose the word that most closely suggests the kind of
Search for a Topic with Suggest Topics                                         information you're looking for.
Follow these steps to locate a term with the Topic Guide using Suggest     6   When you've reached the end of the list, and the topic you're searching
Topics:                                                                        can't be refined any further, View Articles appears next to each word in
1 Enter a term and select Suggest Topics, then click Find Term.                your list of final subject terms.
2 ProQuest will suggest topics similar to the term you have entered.       7   Click View Articles next to the subject term that best represents the
                                                                               concept you're trying to find. ProQuest searches, and presents you with a
  For example, if you enter Math, ProQuest will suggest Mathematics
                                                                               list of articles matching that subject term.
  education and Mathematics education AND Teaching. Scroll
  through the list to locate the term you want.                            Use Narrow
3 Once you have found a term, click View Articles to run a search          Narrow lets you narrow your search by adding related terms.
  using that term. Or click Narrow to narrow your search using related     1 Select a term you want to use for your search.
  terms.
                                                                           2 Click Narrow to narrow the search using related terms.
  Once you have narrowed the search, you will see additional filtering
  options. You can:                                                        3 From the narrowed list, find a term you want to use and click View
                                                                               Articles.
      Scroll through the list to locate the term you want.
                                                                               For example, if you are looking for information about air bags in General
      Select a filtering tab (People, Locations, Companies, Subjects,
                                                                               Motors vehicles you would search for the subject Air Bags. Then, click
       Dates, Publications).
                                                                               Narrow to view only related index terms. In the narrowed list, you will see
      Navigate to a different page using the Next and Previous links.         General Motors Corp. Click View Articles and ProQuest will display
      Change the order the topics are sorted (Number of Results,              articles matching the focused search subject(air bags) AND
       Alphabetical Order).                                                    company(general motors corp).
      Jump to a specific letter or term alphabetically by entering a
       letter or term in the Jump to box and clicking Go.
4 Once you have found a term, click View Articles to run a search
  using that term. Or click Narrow to narrow your search using related
  terms.




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Publication Search                                                            Additional Support
                                                                              ProQuest ABI/INFORM provides you with several ways to get support.
                                                                              Help
                                                                              Click Help on any page to view the ProQuest Help system.
                                                                              Search Assistance:
                                                                              Search assistance is available Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 5:00
                                                                              p.m. ET. Call 800-889-3358 for search assistance in the United States and
                                                                              Canada. Outside the United States and Canada, contact your local
                                                                              representative.
                                                                              Technical Support
                                                                              Technical support is available from 5:00 a.m. - 12:00 midnight ET, Monday
                                                                              through Friday, and 8:00 a.m. - 12:00 midnight ET, Saturday and Sunday.
                                                                              Voice    800-889-3358 (U.S. and Canada)
                                                                                       +1-734-761-4700 ext. 2513 (outside U.S. and Canada)
Publication Search makes it easy to find the latest issue or a specific       Fax:     +1-734-662-4554
back issue of a favorite magazine, journal, or newspaper.
                                                                              Email:   tsupport@il.proquest.com
1 Click Publication Search.
2 Type all or part of a title in the search field and click Search, click a
  letter to view titles beginning with that letter, or click Show All
  Publications to view all titles.
  A list of titles appears.
3 Click the title of the publication you want to browse.
  A list of available issues appears. Below the title you see coverage
  dates and any embargo periods.
4 Click the issue you're interested in to review a complete list of
  articles available.
Browsing EIU ViewsWire Reports
ABI/INFORM users can browse through the complete set of EIU
ViewsWire reports through the Publication Search page. Follow these
steps:
1 Click Publication Search.
2 Enter EIU ViewsWire into the search field and click Search.
3 In the list of titles, click EIU ViewsWire.
    By default, you will be browsing by Channel. You can also browse
    by Country, by Date, or view All A-Z.
"Channels" and "Categories" are an EIU-specific way to organize their
content. Here is an example of this structure, to help you understand:
     Politics [channel]
      o     Background [category]
      o     News analysis [category]
      o     Outlook [category]
      o     Political structure [category]




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