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New Enhancement Includes Streaming Video and Slideshows

"CultureGrams continues to expand and the additions of streaming videos and slideshows help teachers and students learn more about a country beyond statistical and historical information," said Jim Ulsh, director of K-12 publishing for ProQuest.  "These unique and authentic resources focus on the experiences of daily life to help draw a direct connection with students."

Users can see images, interviews, and the sounds that illuminate daily life in other countries through two to five minute video clips as well as slideshows of 10 to 15 images not contained in the CultureGrams photo gallery.  This unique content, compiled in-country by CultureGrams staff, is not available elsewhere. New content coverage includes: American Samoa, Belgium, Egypt, Fiji, France, Ireland, Italy, Mali, Morocco, Netherlands, Samoa, Spain, United Kingdom, and Vanuatu. 

CultureGrams has become a favorite among schools, businesses, military and government, and public libraries because of its insider's perspective on daily life and culture, including the history, customs, and lifestyles of the world's people. Reports cover more than 200 countries, the 50 U.S. states and the District of Columbia, and Canadian provinces. Additional content includes images, maps, flags, bios, statistics, and a recipe collection that offers five authentic recipes for every country in the database.

Since its beginnings in 1974, CultureGrams has become one of the most trusted and widely used cultural reference products. CultureGrams' strength is its involvement of native or long-term residents to provide a real-life view into each country. Writers are selected for their education, knowledge of a national language, experience with different regions and socioeconomic groups, recent residency in the country, and access to current information.

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ProQuest creates specialized information resources and technologies that propel successful research, discovery, and lifelong learning. A global leader in serving libraries of all types, ProQuest offers the expertise of such respected brands as Chadwyck-Healey™, UMI®, SIRS®, and eLibrary®. With Serials Solutions®, Ulrich's™, RefWorks®, COS™, Dialog® and now Bowker® part of the ProQuest brand family, the company supports the breadth of the information community with innovative discovery solutions that power the business of books and the best in research experience.

More than a content provider or aggregator, ProQuest is an information partner, creating indispensable research solutions that connect people and information. Through innovative, user-centered discovery technology, ProQuest offers billions of pages of global content that includes historical newspapers, dissertations, and uniquely relevant resources for researchers of any age and sophistication—including content not likely to be digitized by others. Inspired by its customers and their end users, ProQuest is working toward a future that blends information accessibility with community to further enhance learning and encourage lifelong enrichment.

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10 January 2008

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