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ProQuest Nursing and Allied Health Source: Advanced Searching

Advanced Searching

When to use the Advanced Search:

  • You have already written a research question
  • You have identified synonyms for your topic
  • You have a well focused topic with 2-4 concepts

When using the advanced search, set up your terms as seen below.  You will notice that the second and third lines already include the boolean operator OR and parenthesis to help you set up your search.  The link that says "Add a row" will give you more rows to work with. 

Screenshot proquest advanced search page

Advanced Searching Tips

Image of ven diagram showing boolean operators


AND vs. OR:  Combine your terms with AND when they are 2 different concepts that must be included in your search.  Combine your terms with OR when they are synonyms and can be interchanged.

      ex: Nurse AND Salary

      ex: Nurse OR RN


(_____) Parenthesis:  Use parenthesis to group synonyms together with the combining term OR

      ex: (Nurse OR RN)


* Asterisk: Use the asterisk to look for all endings of a word by first removing the ending, then adding the asterisk.  This is also called Truncation.

      ex: nurs* ----> nurse, nurses, nursing

      ex: educat* -----> educate, educates, education, educator, educators, etc