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Company selects customized content to provide new insights for researchers

ANN ARBOR, MI, March 22, 2016 – ProQuest is providing critical support to research projects across the US with data from its leading Dissertations and Theses (PQDT) Global database. Through a new program, ProQuest assists researchers on their projects by pulling content from the database that will add significant insights to the project.

Among recent projects, ProQuest provided data to the UMETRICS project which was piloted by the Committee on Institutional Cooperation. The study was conducted by researchers at the University of Michigan, Ohio State University, Georgia State University, New York University and the US Census Bureau, and resulted in an article published in Science magazine. The study examined the employment and earning outcomes of Ph.Ds. Supported by funded research and combining data from the universities, ProQuest, and the U.S. Census Bureau, the authors then tracked and analysed across the field of study, showing the placement and earnings of the Ph.Ds.

ProQuest databases are key resources for scholarly research. The ProQuest Dissertations and Theses Global database is the world’s largest curated repository of graduate scholarship, including 4 million graduate works from institutions across the globe, with 130,000 works added each year. Drawing from this vast repository, ProQuest can gather data that provides insights to many aspects of graduate study, research, and dissertations and theses.

Austin McLean, Director Scholarly Communication and Dissertation Publishing at ProQuest said, “PQDT Global is the only comprehensive, curated, full text dissertations database able to provide a one-stop shop for critical research data.  Being able to provide our customers with tailored information from our database customized resource for these interdisciplinary research projects ensures researchers can maximize the potential of the information that we hold.”

Originally created in 1939, PQDT includes works from 3,000 institutions around the world, helping the global research community disseminate their scholarly works. The works make a valuable contribution to the scholarly record, raise the profiles of institutions and their authors, and are invaluable for researchers of all fields in all countries.

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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.

22 March 2016

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