ProQuest Information and Learning has launched the first of several enhancements to its SIRS Discoverer resource. This general reference database designed specifically for younger students will include SIRS WebFind, a collection of more than 5,000 editor-reviewed websites. SIRS Discoverer is a general reference resource for young researchers that designed to help students in grades 1-9 develop their research, writing, language, and computer skills. WebFind, integrated within SIRS Discoverer, adds a collection of internet resources on almost any subject appropriate for young researchers. SIRS Discoverer WebFind includes several reference and educational tools: organization by SIRS Discoverer topics, keyword search, state curriculum standards correlations, reading levels, website summaries, and Editor's Top Pick.
ProQuest Information and Learning has signed an agreement to distribute The Philadelphia Inquirer, Philadelphia Daily News, The Detroit News, and the Honolulu Star-Bulletin newspapers through ProQuest's online interface. These agreements are designed to allow ProQuest to distribute the newspaper content electronically to educational institutions and libraries around the world. ProQuest Newsstand will contain coverage of The Philadelphia Inquirer from 1981-present, and of Philadelphia Daily News from 1978-present.
ProQuest Information and Learning has also announced it will introduce the New York Amsterdam News and Pittsburgh Courier to its collection of ProQuest Historical Newspapers. Historical Newspapers users can research events that shaped the United States, including the assassination of Martin Luther King, Jr., the Vietnam War, and the Civil Rights Movement, through two Black newspapers. These titles may also be accessed through ProQuest Black Studies Center, allowing cross-searching with other content sets focused on the African-American experience. The New York Amsterdam News and Pittsburgh Courier are available through ProQuest Historical Newspapers. The new titles are also available through the Black Studies Center, published by ProQuest's Chadwyck-Healey brand, allowing cross-searching with other content sets focused on the African-American experience.