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News Alerts: Introduction

ProQuest

  • Multidisciplinary database
  • Over 2,000 newspapers, 11,000 scholarly journals, 600 wire feeds, and 867 blogs, podcasts and websites
  • Coverage in multiple languages (but mostly English)

Different offices and duty stations have different subscriptions to ProQuest. Most UN Secretariat staff have access to ProQuest through their library.

Set up a news alert in ProQuest

 

  • Enter your search terms (for instance: "United Nations") and click on the magnifying glass.
  • You will obtain a list of results. In the top right corner, click on Save search/alert.

 

  • Choose Create alert from the drop-down list. A new window will appear.

 

  • Indicate a name for the alert, an email to send the alert to, define if you want to receive the alert daily, weekly, monthly or quarterly, and select when you want the alert to stop (after 2 weeks, 1 month... 1 year). Click on Create alert.
  • A new window will appear explaining that confirmation is required.

 

  • Go to your email inbox and search for an email with the title [ProQuest Alert]. Confirm if you wish to receive the alert.
  • If you click on "Yes, I want to receive this alert." in the email, a new tab will appear with the confirmation message.

 

Create a news RSS feed in ProQuest

 

  • Enter your search terms (for instance: "United Nations") and click on the magnifying glass.
  • You will obtain a list of results. In the top right corner, click on Save search/alert.

 

  • Choose Create RSS feed from the drop-down list. A new window will appear.

 

  • Click on Create feed.
  • A new window will appear with the RSS feed link.

 

  •  You can integrate your RSS feed into an RSS reader or add it as a bookmark.

Search tips

  • Quotes: phrase searching
    • e.g. "bomb attacks"
  • Truncation: include various word endings
    • e.g.: terror* = terrorist / terrorists / terrorism / terror
  • Wildcards: substitute a symbol for one letter of a word
    • Good for variations of spelling between British/American English
    •  e.g.: ne?t = next / nest / neat 
  • Brackets: to isolate parts of a query
    • Sub-queries included in parentheses are processed before other parts of the query
    •  e.g: terrorism AND (financing OR funding)

For more information about how to phrase your search, please go to ProQuest Help.

RSS Feeds in ProQuest

An RSS feed is a Web-based method for letting you know when new documents you’re interested in are available in ProQuest.


An RSS feed for your current search, or for a publication title, serves the same purpose as an alert, letting you know when new matching documents, or a new issue are available in ProQuest. However, an RSS feed gives you more flexibility of access. Instead of only being delivered by email, you can integrate your RSS feed into an RSS reader or into a Web page.

When you create an RSS feed, ProQuest provides you with a link that you can add to an RSS reader or integrate into your own Web page. Clicking the link at any time will display the most current matching search results, or the most current issue’s contents.