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Rich Data Culled from Tables, Figures and Graphs help Researchers Pinpoint Most Relevant Results Faster

ProQuest has incorporated its patent-pending Deep Indexing technology, pioneered with the company’s popular Illustrata offerings, into selected natural science, technology, and engineering subject-oriented databases.

“We’ve heard from science and technology librarians that the deep indexing within Illustrata is tremendously helpful in surfacing the rich information present in the figures and tables within articles,” said Mark Hyer, ProQuest vice president of publishing.  “Now we’re extending this proprietary Deep Indexing technology to our already robust database records — setting a new standard of quality for subject-oriented indexing.”

Deep Indexing technology categorizes data represented in tables, maps, charts, graphs, photographs and other figures,  allowing researcher to surface data not previously included in traditional article-level index records.  Now, ProQuest has combined Deep Indexing with the traditional article level indexing to offer users a more robust and relevant results set.   Journal articles with Deep Indexing are further enhanced with thumbnail images, or full images where available, giving a quick preview of the image(s).

Unique Deep Indexing provides greater discoverability in the following resources:

  • ASFA: Aquatic Sciences & Fisheries Abstracts
  • Biological Sciences Database
  • Engineering Research Database
  • Environmental Sciences & Pollution Management Database
  • GeoRef
  • High Technology Research Database with Aerospace
  • Materials Research Database with METADEX
  • Meteorological & Geoastrophysical Abstracts
  • Polymer Library
  • Technology Research Database

ProQuest is also offering complimentary training webinars about this new enhancement. For information on training sessions visit  For more on Deep Indexing, visit: 


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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24 November 2009

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