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International news offering provides diverse perspectives

"ProQuest continues to expand its current news program and improve our international news offering to provide diverse perspectives," said Rod Gauvin, senior vice president of publishing for ProQuest.  "We are dedicated to meeting needs of researchers wherever they are and providing local news to our customers around the world."

The latest additions to ProQuest International Newsstand  include: The Argus (Cape Town, South Africa), a community focused newspaper covering issues important to the people of the Western Cape; The Mercury (Durban, South Africa), serving KwaZulu-Natal for over 150 years, bringing its readers top news and financial reporting; regional newspapers such as The Corkman, Carlow People, and The Drogheda Independent, providing local news from around Ireland; The New Zealand Herald, founded in 1863, reporting news from a centrist-left editorial stance on international geopolitics and a socially conservative domestic stance, and The Daily Star (Beirut. Lebanon), presenting news from across the Middle East.

ProQuest International Newsstand now includes over 220 newspapers.  For nearly all of them, complete, full-text articles are available in the ASCII format.  Each issue of every newspaper is indexed thoroughly, so researchers have access to not only top news stories but also detailed information on sports, business, and the arts around the world.  Citations and abstracts are available for all articles saving researchers time.  Titles in ProQuest International Newsstand are also available individually, so libraries can create a custom bundle that meets the unique needs of their patrons.

This database is available on the ProQuest platform, a premier information access and retrieval system.  With basic and advanced searching, it is suitable for everyone, from novice researchers to experienced information professionals.  Natural language searching, SmartSearch, RSS feeds, and the Topic Guide are just a few of the features that help users get to the exact information they need, quickly and easily.

ProQuest International Newsstand is one of a variety of resources aimed at offering a total news solution for libraries.  ProQuest's significantly expanding news program includes extensive current news offerings containing more than 500 current newspapers from around the world, including over 350 full-text titles, and ProQuest Historical Newspapers™, the world's largest digital newspaper archive, encompassing 20 million pages dating from 1764.  It also includes unique delivery systems such as Library PressDisplay®, which provides libraries with same-day direct access to more than650 current international and domestic dailies in full-image, full-page format, and Critical Mention®, a comprehensive web-based television and radio search and monitoring service that allows users to search, track and view critical information from over 500 U.S. and international broadcast news networks.  For more information on ProQuest International Newsstand, visit

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ProQuest creates specialized information resources and technologies that propel successful research, discovery, and lifelong learning. A global leader in serving libraries of all types, ProQuest offers the expertise of such respected brands as Chadwyck-Healey™, UMI®, SIRS®, and eLibrary®. With Serials Solutions®, Ulrich's™, RefWorks®, COS™, Dialog® and now Bowker® part of the ProQuest brand family, the company supports the breadth of the information community with innovative discovery solutions that power the business of books and the best in research experience.

More than a content provider or aggregator, ProQuest is an information partner, creating indispensable research solutions that connect people and information. Through innovative, user-centered discovery technology, ProQuest offers billions of pages of global content that includes historical newspapers, dissertations, and uniquely relevant resources for researchers of any age and sophistication—including content not likely to be digitized by others. Inspired by its customers and their end users, ProQuest is working toward a future that blends information accessibility with community to further enhance learning and encourage lifelong enrichment.

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11 August 2008

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