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This prestigious weekly publication is the oldest continuously published magazine in the English language

ProQuest is pleased to announce that Periodicals Archive Online offers three more ways to build a library’s research archive, with the addition of <i>The Spectator</i> to Collection 7, the launch of Collection 8 and the development of five additional years of coverage for journals in Collections 1 to 5.

‘We’re delighted to build on the rich content of Periodicals Archive Online, and the addition of The Spectator is one of the most exciting opportunities for libraries to date,’ said Mary Sauer-Games, vice president of Higher Education publishing. ‘Librarians can be sure that the new material, as well as offering a significant saving on shelf space, represents high-quality content that has been carefully selected, with input from librarians around the world’.

The inclusion of The Spectator in the completed Collection 7 (available from September) makes available exclusively the complete digital backfile, from 1828 to 2000. This prestigious weekly publication is the oldest continuously published magazine in the English language and represents an essential resource for researchers, offering a unique record of this period. Events covered by The Spectator range from the establishment of Sir Robert Peel’s police force, the (electoral) Reform Act of 1832, the Irish Home Rule bills and the American Civil War, through to the Great Depression and the major wars of the twentieth century, to Bill Clinton’s impeachment hearings and the rise of Tony Blair. The Spectator has featured provocative and controversial content and has also had a significant campaigning role on several issues, including the abolition of capital punishment and reform of the law on homosexuality.

Collection 8, which has also now launched, targets leading periodicals for inclusion, spanning the arts, humanities and social sciences. The choice of journals is based on their scholarly importance and is informed by recommendations from an international selection of librarians.  Journals nominated by publishers and users are also considered. Among the titles in the first release of this collection are: Essays in Arts and Sciences, International Journal on World Peace, Psychiatry, and Science and Society.

Developed in response to customer demand, Collection Extensions offer additional years of content, from 1996 to 2000, for journals in Collections 1-5. Collection Extensions 1 and 2 are now available, with Extensions 3-5 to follow in 2010. As well as providing valuable extra content for key publications, the Collection Extensions will extend the coverage of many journals to the point at which coverage often commences in current file services, offering institutions seamless electronic access to numerous complete journal runs.

Over 550 journals are featured in Periodicals Archive Online, representing more than 14 million pages and almost 200 years of scholarship. Libraries receive perpetual rights to content when they purchase PAO collections.

About Periodicals Archive Online
Periodicals Archive Online builds on the indexing of its sister database, Periodicals Index Online, to offer users access to the complete backfiles of a growing body of journals from a wide range of publishers, all the way back to Volume 1, Issue 1. This content spans almost two centuries of research and criticism to provide a major resource for academic libraries. Users can search through millions of articles to immediately find the full text of important criticism and scholarship, relevant to their research.

Key features:

  • Interdisciplinary collections covering 37 key subject areas across the arts, humanities and social sciences
  • International content, including more than 20 languages and dialects
  • Content spanning almost 200 years of leading scholarship

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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21 August 2009

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