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New content supports critical thinking, aligns to 21st century skills

ProQuest announces the addition of significant new content to SIRS Researcher®, the premier resource for the study of social issues.  Content additions include new Leading Issues, interactive graphics, support materials, Curriculum Pathfinders and upcoming launch of Election 2008 coverage.

"With more school districts adopting 21st century learning standards that place emphasis on multicultural and global awareness, critical thinking and communication skills, and digital information literacy, the addition of important new social issues to SIRS Researcher will support students through their entire research process," said Rene Terry, publisher for SIRS.

SIRS Researcher covers thousands of current and enduring issues, with special Leading Issues coverage that places additional emphasis on the most-researched issues. Leading Issues not only provides the context necessary to understand an issue's origins and key points of contention, but also current articles that follow recent analysis and debate.

SIRS Researcher is the only database to provide such 'actively managed' content from current periodicals.  Content editors keep a close watch on search trends and current events to ensure current coverage of today's major social issues.  Eleven new Leading Issues have been added based on recent events, including: Iraq War, Identify Theft, Freedom of Speech, Freedom of the Press, Drug Testing, Alternative Energy, Religious Fundamentalism, Plastic Surgery, Property Rights, Human Trafficking and Genocide. 

Plus, an all new Election 2008 Leading Issue will launch within the next month.  It covers detailed analysis on the entire campaign and election process--allowing researchers to easily compare and contrast the candidate platforms, understand major campaign issues, and explore the voting process and historical elections.

With each Leading Issue, new interactive graphics, Web sites, timelines, PDF research guides and graphic organizers support media literacy standards and ensure students think critically when developing and organizing research, presentation and debate materials. Together with Curriculum Pathfinders, a tool for integrating math, science, social studies, language arts, fine arts, and health resources across the curriculum, students can be prepared in all core 21st century subjects.

SIRS Researcher is a highly-acclaimed student research tool containing thousands of full-text articles exploring social, scientific, health, historic, business, economic, political and global issues. Articles and graphics are carefully selected from over 1,600 domestic and international publications according to strict criteria with regard to content and age appropriateness.


About ProQuest
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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