ProQuest ABI/INFORM to Offer Scholar Universe Profiles

Aug 10, 2004

ProQuest Information and Learning has licensed information from the Scholar Universe collection of Authority Profiles for the ABI/INFORM business database suite. Authority Profiles are intended to expand research possibilities by linking the user to information about the author. ProQuest Information and Learning, a unit of ProQuest Company, creates and publishes databases for libraries and educational institutions worldwide.

Scholar Universe, a business unit of ContentScan, Inc, is a provider of community profile content covering universities and their faculties. The Scholar Universe service contains a range of author, researcher, and faculty profile information. ProQuest has licensed a customized subset of Scholar Universe's profiles that complements ABI/INFORM's author community. With the new agreement, Scholar Universe will provide customized Authority Profile content, document linking, and community search. ProQuest will provide citation information for Scholar Universe to integrate with the Authority Profiles.

The program will launch with approximately 40,000 author profiles and 3,000 institutional profiles. Author profiles typically contain name, affiliation, most current contact information, personal Web page, research interests, and publication list (may include dissertations.) Institution profiles include universities and their schools of business, and departments, such as economics, political science, law, and public affairs. Institutional profiles generally include name, address, web page and email address. ProQuest customers can sign up for the ProQuest specialized email notification lists at: to receive notification when the new content is added. Free trials of ABI/INFORM databases are available.