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The Vogue Archive

The Vogue Archive - Search Tips

The Vogue Archive is based on the ProQuest search platform, and has the same search features as other ProQuest databases.

2 or more words separated by space(s) such as advertising campaigns are searched with an implicit AND.

Put the words between quotation marks “ ” to search for exact phrases. ex "advertising campaigns"

Boolean Operators

  boolean "AND" diagram    AND

Use AND to narrow a search and retrieve records containing all of the words it separates, e.g. sustainable AND leisurewear  will only find records containing both these words.


 boolean "OR" diagram     OR


Use OR to broaden a search and retrieve records containing any of the words it separates, e.g. sustainable OR leisurewear will find records containing sustainable only, leisurewear only, or both words.

 boolean "NOT" diagram   NOT

Use NOT to narrow a search and retrieve records that do not contain the term following it, e.g. sustainable NOT leisurewear will find records that contain sustainable, but will not contain the word leisurewear.

There are no stop words within the ProQuest platform. However, the natural language processing used by the search engine will naturally filter out certain “overabundant” words as being irrelevant.  While the number of times a term appears within a document does increase its relevance, this only works up to a certain point, at which time its relevance begins to decrease.

Truncation and Wildcards





The asterisk (*) is the Truncation character, used to replace one or more characters. The truncation character can be used at the end (right-hand truncation), or in the middle of a word. The maximum number of characters that will be retrieved is 5. 

Example: Searching for econom* will find economY, economICS, economICAL, etc.

Limited truncation: a number can be entered next to the asterisk to define how extensive the truncation should be. The max number supported is 20. This way the default limit of max 5 characters can be overcome.

Example: econom[*2] will find economY, economIC  but not economIST, i.e. will replace up to 2 characters only

An asterisk can also be used within the double quotes to account for the retrieval of plurals, for example. 

Example: "economic value*" can help retrieving also the plural "economic values"

(Please note: Exact quotes plus the truncation on a single word don’t work.

With "econom*" the truncation won’t execute). 



The question mark symbol (?) is the Wildcard character, used to replace any single character, either inside or at the right end of the word.  One single ? will retrieve only one more character, ?? won't retrieve less than 2 more characters, etc.

Example: Searching for t?re will find tire, tyre, tore, etc.


Use a hyphen to indicate a range when searching numerical fields, such as Publication date.

Example: YR(2005-2008)



Use the less than or greater than symbols to indicate before/after or smaller/larger or less/more when searching numerical fields, such as the Publication date.

Example: YR(>2008) will located documents published after 2008


*Note: When using the asterisk (*) or wildcard (?) in your search, any terms retrieved using either of these are not considered when sorting your results based on relevance. This is because there is no way for ProQuest to assess the relevance of these terms to your research as the term itself is not exact. For example, your search on 'bio*' could return occurrences of any of all of these terms: 'bionic' or 'biosynthesis' or 'biodegrade' or 'biographic.' One, some, all, or none could be relevant to your search. 

Proximity Operators

Proximity and adjacency operators are used to broaden and narrow your search. These options are only recommended for confident users of databases.



Finds documents where the search terms are separated by up to a certain number of words of each other (either before or after).   Note: If you don't specify a number after the slash, NEAR will default to maximum 4 intervening words between terms

Example: computer NEAR/3 careers                

                computer and careers can be separated by up to 3 intervening words

                retrieves        career in the computer industry



Finds documents where the search terms are separated by up to a certain number of words of each other in the specified order.    Note: If you don't specify a number after the slash, PRE will apply a default value of max 4 intervening words .

Example: "business management" PRE education    =  "business management" PRE/4 education

               "pre" p/1 war      retrieves pre-war   but also   pre-world-war         

(Note: to search PRE or NEAR as search terms, put them between quotes.)



Used primarily for searching specific fields, like Subject, EXACT looks for your exact search term in its entirety, rather than as part of a larger term.

Example: EXACT(“higher education”) in the Subject field            SU.EXACT(“higher education”)
will retrieve documents with the subject term "higher education".
Will not retrieve:documents with the subject terms “higher education administration”, “women in higher education”, etc.