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When you search the PILOTS Database, ProQuest treats words you enter as an exact phrase unless you place the words "and" or "or" between them:

  • AND - Narrow search and retrieve records that have all of the words it separates
  • OR - Broaden search and retrieve records that have any of the words it separates.

ProQuest also offers the following helpful guide: ProQuest User GuideLink will take you outside the VA website. VA is not responsible for the content of the linked site. (PDF).

Other things to consider:

  • What information are you looking to find? Consider stating this by writing two or three sentences before you search to help narrow your focus.
  • Identify general concepts about the information you're looking to find, and ask how they might relate to the search terms you might use.
  • After you've located a couple of relevant articles, consider using the descriptors attached to the record of those articles to locate similar records.
  • If your search terms are not locating what you are looking to find, consider using the PILOTS Thesaurus (PDF - 3MB) to come up with indexed terms to try.
  • Are you interested in a specific author's work? If so, that might be a good place to start. Use articles by this author to discover other relevant documents to satisfy your research needs.

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Also see: VA Mental Health

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