ProQuest Information and Learning has announced an expanded agreement with The McClatchy Company to offer additional McClatchy newspapers in ProQuest databases and has announced that it will soon launch interface updates.
The McClatchy agreement includes worldwide electronic distribution rights to eight full-text newspapers from Alaska, California, Minnesota, the Pacific Northwest, and the Carolinas. The McClatchy Company, based in Sacramento, is a newspaper and Internet publisher of 12 daily and 18 community newspapers. The eight newspaper titles include the Anchorage Daily News, Star Tribune (Minneapolis), Rock Hill (SC) Herald, The News Tribune (Tacoma WA), The Sacramento Bee, The News & Observer (Raleigh, NC), The Fresno Bee, and The Modesto Bee. Four of the newspapers - those from California and Raleigh, NC - will be new to ProQuest and available to users of ProQuest's Newsstand databases beginning in January 2005. Free trials of ProQuest products are available.
ProQuest also plans to launch an updated version of the ProQuest online information service in mid-July. Many new features are expected to be part of the release. ProQuest Smart Search is designed to tap into ProQuest's indexing to analyze a user's search, and then offer suggestions for related topics and publications at the top of the results screen. The same technology will enable users to browse topics in most ProQuest databases. Users will also be able to email multiple articles in a single email from ProQuest; email My Research Summary, a refined version of the marked list feature; and email formatted bibliographies.
Users can expect extended browsing and index searching for more databases, because of the new infrastructure of ProQuest Smart Search. Advanced tools such as Topic Guides, the Browse Topics tab, and browsable index-term lists are already available in ABI/INFORM Global and ProQuest Research Library. These tools enable users to construct queries and narrow research topics using ProQuest's controlled vocabularies for subjects, companies, or organizations, locations, and people. Now, these same tools will be available in many more ProQuest databases.
The new release also adds enhanced ProQuest CrossLinks, allowing users to link from their results list into a link-resolver service and view the full-text of the article from wherever it may be found in the library's holdings or in external holdings the library may be able to access. ProQuest CrossLinks supports the use of a static URL to access resources or it can dynamically create URLs based on article-level information. The new interface will be available on every proprietary ProQuest product. A demonstration of the new interface, and complete descriptions and guides for its features, are also available on the ProQuest Web site.