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Interdisciplinary databases provide access to local content, improving research outcomes

ANN ARBOR, MI, April 26, 2016 – ProQuest announces the launch of nine regional databases of locally published scholarly journals across all major disciplines. With over 3,000 academic titles across the nine databases, published by scholarly organizations and societies, educational institutions, and academic presses, each collection represents hundreds of the most authoritative scholarly publishing in that geographic area.

For the first time, the full-text, scholarly journal output of a region can be easily accessible and utilized for area and regional studies throughout the world and in specific countries and regions. From more than 110 countries, published by over 350 university presses and more than 150 academic associations and societies, as well as scholarly publishers, these newly available databases provide up-to-date coverage of business, humanities, medical, science, technology, engineering, and social sciences.

ProQuest is bringing together this locally published scholarly content on the award-winning ProQuest® platform.  Additional value is provided through the ability to cross-search these new databases alongside other ProQuest content, such as newspapers, dissertations, journals, and primary sources.

The 9 new databases are:

  • Australia & New Zealand
  • Continental Europe
  • East & Central Europe
  • East & South Asia
  • India
  • Latin America & Iberia
  • Middle East & Africa
  • Turkey
  • UK & Ireland

Niels Dam, Vice-President of Product Management, ProQuest said, “Our usage analysis indicates that local content is highly valued by researchers and students, and local scholarly journals are often some of the most used publications in the library. Users often need to keep up to date with the scholarly research in their region but to do this they have to search in multiple locations.”

These nine databases are part of a broader ProQuest commitment to supporting scholarly research and teaching by providing access to the best in local content across all of the content types that researchers and students use and value the most.

The new regional databases will be available on the newly enhanced ProQuest platform which won the Best Interface award in The Charleston Advisors Annual Readers’ Choice Award late last year.

About ProQuest (http://www.proquest.com)

ProQuest connects people with vetted, reliable information. Key to serious research, the company’s products are a gateway to the world’s knowledge including dissertations, governmental and cultural archives, news, historical collections and ebooks. ProQuest technologies serve users across the critical points in research, helping them discover, access, share, create and manage information.

The company’s cloud-based technologies offer flexible solutions for librarians, students and researchers through the ProQuest®, Bowker®, Coutts® information services, Dialog®, ebrary®, EBL™, and SIPX® businesses – and notable research tools such as the Summon® discovery service, the RefWorks® citation and reference management platform, MyiLibrary® ebook platform, the Pivot® research development tool and Intota™. The company is headquartered in Ann Arbor, Michigan, with offices around the world.

26 April 2016


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