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Evidence-based acquisition model helps Victoria University build a collection to rival world’s premier research institutions

MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA, March 15, 2019 – Faculty and students at Melbourne-based Victoria University now have access to 75 online multidisciplinary resources from ProQuest – the same primary sources that are staples in the world’s top academic libraries.

Victoria University’s new databases include core collections such as the Art & Architecture Archive, House of Commons Parliamentary Papers, ProQuest History Vault™, Periodicals Archive Online, Education Magazine Archive, Social Work Online, global studies databases and many more.

Victoria University chose these databases after an in-depth analysis of their curriculum using a model developed by ProQuest’s academic analysts. This analysis identifies gaps and offers specific examples of databases that could be used by students and faculty, ultimately helping the university acquire exactly what it needs and driving more usage.

Victoria University will also benefit from an evidence-based acquisition model that enables the library to dramatically expand access to primary sources overnight while steadily building their owned collections based on usage. This will help them stay within budget and support the need for both immediate access and long-term ownership.

"The main advantage for Victoria University in working with ProQuest is in the evidence-based model, which we have effectively used with ebooks in the past," said Brian Tyrrell, Manager, Information Resources and Collection Services, Victoria University. “The model enables a great opportunity to expose Victoria University’s staff and students to a richer content base, and a means of gauging which of these areas receive the greatest positive response – therefore proving a return on investment.”

“ProQuest is pleased to help Victoria University expand their access to world-class primary sources through this unique and flexible model,” said Susan Bokern, Vice President of Product Management at ProQuest.  “We’re honored to help them build a library that supports the research, teaching and learning needs of their faculty and students, and the vision of their university community.”

About Victoria University (

Victoria University is one of Australia’s few dual-sector universities. Today, the university has over 40,000 higher education and vocational education/training students studying on its campuses. Students can easily pathway from vocational education to higher education – such as from a certificate or diploma course through to an undergraduate degree or even a postgraduate qualification – by coursework or research. VU was ranked in the world’s top 2% and 56th in the world’s top universities aged under 50 by Times Higher Education (THE). As one of 39 public universities in Australia, graduates can be assured their qualification from VU is being awarded from a university operating in a world-class education system. VU was also recently ranked 51 in the Asia Pacific (THE World University Rankings 2019).

About ProQuest (

ProQuest is committed to supporting the important work happening in the world’s research and learning communities. The company curates content that matters to the advancement of knowledge, assembling an archive of billions of vetted, indexed documents. It simplifies workflows so that people and institutions use time effectively. And because ProQuest connects information communities, complex networks of systems and processes work together efficiently. With ProQuest, finding answers and deriving insights is straightforward and leads to extraordinary outcomes.

ProQuest and its companies and affiliates – Ex Libris, Alexander Street, Bowker – stand for better research, better learning, better insights. ProQuest enables people to change their world.

15 March 2019

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