ProQuest Extends Factiva Agreements, Launches Latin American Newsstand, Enhances Collection, and Releases Federated Search Engine for its Serials Solutions

Jan 18, 2005


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ProQuest Information and Learning announced an extension and expansion of two agreements with Factiva. ProQuest has also announced the Latin American Newsstand database, has made enhancements to the Nineteenth Century Short-Title Catalogue List (NSTC), and has added The Boston Globe to its Historical Newspapers Collection. Finally, Serials Solutions, part of ProQuest Information and Learning and a provider of ejournal access and management services, has announced that it will unveil Central Search, a full-featured federated search engine.

ProQuest announced an extension and expansion of two agreements with Factiva. Under the expanded distribution agreement, ProQuest continues to provide news and business information from Factiva to academic and public libraries, now on a global basis. ProQuest expands to global distribution of Factiva's flagship product, Factiva.com, for the academic market, including for-profit and distance-learning institutions, and public libraries. Factiva.com provides a collection of sources including global and local newspapers, journals, magazines, newswires, company reports, and pictures. In an information provider agreement that brings broader access for customers, ProQuest continues to provide Factiva with newspaper and journal content for integration into Factiva products. Free trials are available.

ProQuest has also announced its newest collection of current news: Latin American Newsstand. The electronic, full-text database with 30 newspapers, magazines, and wire services from 12 countries will be available in February. Languages include Spanish, Portuguese, and English. Newspaper titles include El Universal, Mexico City's largest-selling newspaper; El Nacional (Venezuela); O Globo (Brazil); La Nación (Argentina); and El Mercurio (Chile). Three business titles, Valor Economico (Brazil), Portafolio (Colombia), and El Economista (Mexico) are also included. Latin American Newsstand includes seven Brazilian newspapers, three Mexican newspapers, two newspapers each from Argentina, Costa Rica, Peru, and Uruguay, and single newspapers from Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, Guatemala, Puerto Rico, and Venezuela. The remaining titles are regional magazines and wire services including Noticias Financieras financial newswire; Pulso Latinoamericano, a monthly news digest published by Grupo de Diarios América; InfoAmericas market analysis and regional economic trends; IPS-Inter Press Service news agency; El Reporte Delta weekly technology newsletter; and Business Wire Latin America. Each title will have an interface in its native language; both Spanish and Portuguese interfaces will be available and free trials are available.

ProQuest has released the Nineteenth Century Short-Title Catalogue List (NSTC), a 19th century bibliographic database, on the Chadwyck-Healey technology platform. NSTC includes bibliographic records of well-known and obscure works of literature, important translations, legal documents, political pamphlets, medical and scientific monographs, journals, and periodicals. Records for more than 1.2 million titles published in the United Kingdom and the United States between 1801 and 1919 are included. The latest release includes: OpenURL outbound linking to ensure direct access from citations to records in other OpenURL compliant databases, such as a library OPAC; Searching and browsing of multiple index fields, including author, author lifespan, title, publisher, imprint, and subject heading and classification number; Ability to create a marked list, and re-run or combine search sets from Search History; My Archive feature allowing users to save searches and assemble links to documents in research archives for later use; and Citation software support, allowing direct export of citations for use with bibliographic software packages. Future enhancements to NSTC are planned, including the addition of relevant 19th-century bibliographic records from American Periodicals Series Online and Periodicals Contents Index that can link out to full-text articles in APS and PCI Full Text. Free trials are available. The bibliographic database catalogs the 19th-century holdings of eight research libraries: The British Library, the Bodleian Library (Oxford), the Cambridge University Library, Trinity College Dublin, the National Library of Scotland, the Newcastle University Library, plus holdings from 1816 to 1919 of the Harvard University Library and the Library of Congress. It was originally developed by Avero Publications, beginning in 1983 and completed in 2002.

Additionally, ProQuest has announced that it will bring The Boston Globe's historical content to the ProQuest Historical Newspapers collection, under an existing agreement with The New York Times Company. The resource will be available to academic institutions and libraries, primary and secondary schools, and government and corporate libraries. In the release, historical news content from The Boston Globe will be available online from its first published edition in 1872 though 1922. The database will launch in March 2005. ProQuest will digitally reproduce each issue from cover to cover, including photos, graphics, and advertisements. Researchers can navigate the database with fully searchable ASCII text and multiple search options (keyword, dates, author's name, article type, etc.) Users will also be able to display the full page image of any page in any issue. The Boston Globe will join other U.S. newspapers already in the ProQuest program: The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Christian Science Monitor, The Washington Post, Chicago Tribune, and Los Angeles Times. All of the newspapers are cross-searchable across each other and across all other ProQuest databases.

Serials Solutions, part of ProQuest Information and Learning and a provider of ejournal access and management services, has announced that it will unveil Central Search, a full-featured federated search engine. Serials Solutions provides ejournal access services to libraries. Founded by a librarian, Serials Solutions is designed to help librarians and patrons find and use electronic content through its E-Journal Access & Management Suite, Full MARC Records service for ejournals, Article Linker - Serials Solutions' OpenURL link resolver. Central Search extends Serials Solutions' suite of offerings of eserials access and management tools and services. Central Search is designed to allow patrons and librarians to search disparate digital resources from a single interface. In development for over a year, Central Search features include de-duplication of results, flexible results sorting, dynamic status indicators, and a customizable user interface. Through a strategic partnership with WebFeat, Central Search software is able to connect to databases using WebFeat translator technology and technology developed by Serials Solutions.
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