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Purchase by JISC Collections on behalf of its members will provide access to two significant collections of British journals from the seventeenth to the early twentieth century, covering a diverse range of subjects

ProQuest is pleased to announce a new agreement with JISC Collections to make British Periodicals collections I and II available to the UK academic and research community from January 2009.  This purchase by JISC Collections on behalf of its members will provide access to two significant collections of British journals from the seventeenth to the early twentieth century, covering a diverse range of subjects - from the arts and humanities to science and the social sciences.

British Periodicals traces the development and growth of the periodical press in Britain from its origins in the seventeenth century through to the Victorian ‘age of periodicals’ and beyond.  This digital archive will consist of almost 500 periodical runs published from the 1680s to the 1930s, comprising six million keyword-searchable pages and providing a rich record of more than two centuries of British history and culture. 

"This agreement further demonstrates ProQuest's commitment to education and accelerating the connection between people and meaningful research," said Mary Sauer-Games, Vice President, Chadwyck-Healey publishing. "We are pleased to extend our partnership with JISC Collections to help fulfill its goal of creating an information environment where irrespective of location, users can discover and access resources of interest and incorporate them into research and learning."

"Purchasing important archive material such as British Periodicals on behalf our member colleges, universities and research councils is part of our ongoing commitment to widening access to essential digital archive materials," says Lorraine Estelle, CEO of JISC Collections.  "With this new agreement our members will be able to benefit from access to a wealth of material, which will enrich education and research across a wide variety of subject areas.  JISC Collections is pleased to have worked with ProQuest to provide this resource to our community."

From January 2009 academics, teaching staff, researchers and students at subscribing institutions will be able to access and cross search over 450 journals of content in British Periodicals in addition to the 80 journals in the Periodicals Archive Online collection purchased by JISC Collections earlier this year. 

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20 November 2008

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