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ProQuest Central

By Fiona Dixon, Librarian, Information Services | 24 July 2020

Series: Our favourite State Library eresources.

People often ask us what our most loved eresources are. Admittedly we all have a favourite, or two, or three. It’s hard to pick as there are so many wonderful State Library eresources available. In this series our Librarians and Library Technicians share with you their most favourite eresources and how they’ve been used to solve research queries.

Next in the series we look at ProQuest Central, a big favourite of Librarian Fiona Dixon.

So why is ProQuest Central, so fabulous?

ProQuest Central brings together 47 databases across 175 subject areas, providing easy intuitive access to an incredibly broad and comprehensive range of content. It is a valuable resource for researchers, students and teachers at all levels.

Best of all, you can access ProQuest Central online from home with your free State Library membership.

Image of ProQuest Central database home page

Image of Proquest Central database home page.

What is available through ProQuest Central?

ProQuest Central includes resources in the areas of business, health and medicine, social sciences, education, politics, criminal justice, linguistics, religion, and sci-tech, as well as titles in the performing and visual arts, history, philosophy, language and literature. 

The range of content type is diverse, including scholarly and professional journals, country and industry reports, dissertations, and general interest periodicals. It also includes full-text news sources and magazines from all over the world, as well as books, conference papers and video content.

ProQuest Central is an amazing gateway to thousands of resources over hundreds of subject areas. And it’s easy to use.

How to use ProQuest Central

ProQuest Central’s home page is clean and simple, so you can search easily across all the material, browse by topic or view the list of publications included.


To browse by topic, simply select the Browse option in the top menu. You can also select Publications from the top menu to view publications by type (journals, books, videos, newspapers, magazines etc), publications listed by subject matter, or by database or publisher.

A quick look at the lists of trade journals, magazines and newspapers demonstrates the incredible breadth of information available, with everything from teaching journals and agriculture publications to boating magazines and world newspapers.


Searching is simple too, with the basic or advanced search options catering for those who want to search a general subject area, as well as people who know exactly what they’re after. You can limit your search to source type, document type and language to save time.

Image from ProQuest Central database publication search

Image from ProQuest Central database publication search.

Other features

ProQuest Central includes an extensive range of health and medicine video training programs, covering topics from how to perform specific medical procedures, such as tracheostomy care and cardiac monitoring, to more general advice on health issues such as ageing and allergies. This is particularly useful for health, medical and nursing students.

For anyone needing instant access to the most comprehensive, diverse and up-to-date content available, ProQuest Central really is an invaluable resource.

Join now and start searching ProQuest Central.

Look out for the next blog in this series #FavouriteEresources.


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