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New solutions acquired from LexisNexis -- CIS and UPA – to offer unprecedented access to deep archives of U.S. congressional, legislative and historic cultural content

Just weeks after acquiring the acclaimed Congressional Information Service and University Publications of America product lines, ProQuest announces its new and expanding line of Government Information Services with the launch of the new ProQuest® Legislative Insight, enhancements to ProQuest® Congressional (formerly LexisNexis Congressional), and the new ProQuest® History Vault.

"We're delivering on our promise to add CIS and UPA to the ProQuest family without losing any of the product lines' momentum," said Rod Gauvin, ProQuest Senior Vice President of Publishing. "This expansion is a testament to our commitment to serving existing and new customers with products that provide innovative access to unique and valuable content."

In March, ProQuest Legislative Insight will begin a two-year project to make available more than 18,000 professionally researched legislative histories covering laws from 1929 to the present, supported by fully searchable PDFs of all relevant publications generated in the course of U.S. congressional lawmaking. Nine thousand of these histories are new and 4,000 include new research.  Novice and sophisticated researchers will be able to easily access full-text content, including the Public Law itself, all versions of related bills, law-specific Congressional Record excerpts, committee hearings, reports and prints, Presidential signing statements, and CRS reports.

Legislative histories may be used to discover the intent behind a specific law and to aid in the teaching of legislative process to students. The histories also offer insight into laws of general interest to political science, government, and U.S. history students, as well as to students preparing for careers in public health, education, business, or any other discipline subject to Federal regulation.

There is also a new enhancement to two modules of ProQuest Congressional, a comprehensive resource for all congressional activities. In February, subscribers to the prospective modules of Congressional Hearings Digital Collection and Serial Set Digital Collection will be able to view GPO digitally signed PDFs of 2011 data, enabling users to verify that the PDF is the authentic version and has not been altered. This assurance is especially important to law schools because professors and students may be writing articles and papers that depend on every nuance in the text.

Another significant addition to the expanding line of Government Information Services is the new ProQuest History Vault, which will eventually house 23 million pages of digitized primary source material from the University Publications of America (UPA) Collection. ProQuest History Vault debuts with three modules of archival collections documenting two of the most important and widely studied topics in 20th-century American history: the Black Freedom Struggle and the Vietnam War. These modules are the first three in a five-year plan to build more than 25 modules of rich and varied content that create a full spectrum of archival materials to complement coursework in many areas, including African American studies, women's studies, history and political science.

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ProQuest connects people with vetted, reliable information. Key to serious research, the company has forged a 70-year reputation as a gateway to the world’s knowledge – from dissertations to governmental and cultural archives to news, in all its forms. Its role is essential to libraries and other organizations whose missions depend on the delivery of complete, trustworthy information.

ProQuest’s massive information pool is accessible through the all-new ProQuest® platform, which moves beyond navigation to empower researchers to use, create, and share content—accelerating research productivity.

This energetic, fast-growing organization includes the Summon web-scale discovery service, the new ProQuest Dialog service, and business units ebrary®, Serials Solutions®, RefWorks-COS, and Bowker®.

07 January 2011

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