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Proquest Global Newsstream - Resource Guide

Global Newsstream provides access to the most influential and respected contemporary news resources from around the globe.


The ProQuest Thesaurus is used to index the Newsstream subject field. Subject terms are found in the subject field and this field is part of the searchable fields table to the right. Subject terms are also commonly known as descriptors, controlled vocabulary, and sometimes classification terms.

In Newsstream, there are different subject types and in addition to the all encompassing subject field, there is also a separate subject field for company/organization, person, and location. These are also included in the searchable fields table to the right.

The thesaurus allows you to find subject terms to narrow or broaden your search and is available from the Advanced, and Command Line Search. If you want to run a search on a subject, but you do not know what term to use, use the thesaurus to search the controlled vocabulary. A hierarchical display is available and will give suggestions on the appropriate subject terms to add to your search.

To use the thesaurus, select the Thesaurus link from the Advanced, or Command Line Search, then browse or search for subjects containing the word or beginning with the word. Mark the items that you would like to search and then select the appropriate Boolean operator to combine your items. Click the Add to search button and your terms will be placed into the search form. From there, run your search to include the subject terms (adding additional search fields and terms if needed).

Look Ups and Browsable Indexes

ProQuest Newsstream offers Look ups or browsable indexes, so you can easily find spelling or format variations of, for example, an author's name or a journal title. You can find the Look up links in the advanced search page and they are available for the following searchable fields: author, publication, subject, company/organization, people, location,and NAICS. For a description of these fields, please see the searchable fields table to the right. 

Note: Look ups are also available from the Command Line search (through the Look up terms link).

To use and locate a Look up or browseable index, select the field from the advanced search pull-down menu. If a Look up is available, under the search row you will see a link to the Look up. Other Look ups and browseable indexes will be listed in the Limit To section of the advanced search page.

Select the Look up link and then you will see a browsable and alphabetical index for that field. There are some indexes that will not display an alphabetical list before searching for the term, rather you will have to enter a term first, and then the alphabetical list of matches will display.

Once you locate the index term that you would like to add to your search, mark the item, and then click the Add to search button. The index term will now appear in the advanced search form along with the appropriate pull-down menu selection.

Searchable Fields


Field Name


Search Examples & Explanation



AB(child welfare worker)

We use the journal-provided abstract with little or no modification, or have members from our editorial team write an abstract from scratch, drawing on the article’s text and concepts. Our team’s goal is to make the article’s point as clearly and succinctly as possible.

Abstracts are available from 1996.

All Fields


CABS(tett, gillian)

CABS searches for keywords in the citation and abstract. It is a full record search, but does not include a search on the full text.




AU(Mossberg, Walt)

Use to find documents written by a particular author. Try searching on both the full first name and initials in order to retrieve all publications by a specific author.




Search for regular features that contain an opinion or point of view.





Search for a company or other organizations featured prominently in an article.

Date Line


DLN(New York)

Search an articles datelines that often appear in newspaper articles just after the article title and provide the date and place of the original article.

Document Text


FT(Mortgage backed securities)

Search for keywords in the body of the article.

Document Title




Locates the occurrence of search words in the title of the article.

Image Caption



Search for a brief description usually accompanying an illustration or photograph.




Search for a specific geographic area or location.




The NAICS code defines the economic activity of a business as defined by the US Census Bureau.




Search for specific pages of a newspaper.



PER(Christine Lagarde)

Use to find articles about a person.

Product Name



Use to find articles about a specific product.

Publication date



Use to find a specific publication date.

Publication Title



PUB(El Mundo)

Use to search by a specific publication or publications.




Search for documents in a specific section of a newspaper.

Subject Heading(All)



Use the subject search field to look for articles about a specific subject. A search for the subject heading “accounts,” will find articles with the subject accounts, health savings accounts or checking accounts. To run an exact subject search where only “accounts” is retrieved and not subject terms that contain additional terms, search using EXACT.