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ProQuest first to offer online access to the complete archive of world’s largest English-language daily newspaper

“We’re particularly excited about bringing The Times of India—our 29th major newspaper archive—into this collection because it enriches the research experience with truly international content,” said Rod Gauvin, Senior Vice President, ProQuest. “This is the kind of diverse content that introduces researchers—whether it’s a student or an historian—to a new perspective on world events… the kind of perspectives that can lead to ‘Eureka’ moments.”

The Times of India will join other seminal papers such as the New York Times and the Wall Street Journal in the world's largest digital newspaper archive, adding coverage of historic world news from a unique perspective. Founded in 1838 to serve the British residents of West India, The Times of India now circulates more than four million copies, covering almost eight million readers. Librarians and historians value its full coverage of such topics as the British Raj, Gandhi, Independence and Partition. As part of ProQuest Historical Newspapers, it provides exceptional depth to the study of colonial and post-colonial times, class and gender issues, religion, as well as international economics, international relations and culture influence research.

“At Times Group we believe in creating value and customer delight in whatever we do. The tie-up with ProQuest – the first-ever initiative of its kind by any Indian newspaper, will allow our valued readers to access our archived content at the click of a mouse” said Sidhant Khosla, Director, Corporate Group, of Bennett Coleman and Company Limited.

The Times of India’s digital content is part of ProQuest's continually expanding support of global research. ProQuest’s news content is among the world’s most extensive troves of primary source information, including more than 900 current newspapers and 300 editorially-vetted blogs from around the world, ProQuest Historical Newspapers™—25 million pages of news dating from 1764—and content from more than 300 U.S. and international broadcast news outlets. With an all-new platform in the works for 2010, the breadth of this content will be integrated and available through a single search, creating a robust new avenue for research.

About The Times of India
The Times of India group is the leader by far in the Indian media sector and its flagship publication The Times of India is the largest English daily newspaper in the world. The Economic Times is the world’s 2nd largest business daily and the group has leading newspapers in Hindi & Marathi and a dominant tabloid player with the city specific Mirror’s.

Radio Mirchi, the market leader in the FM Radio segment is part of the Times of India group. The new business TV channel ET NOW is rapidly growing in viewership while TIMES NOW is the largest English news channel. ZOOM is the leading channel in the lifestyle segment.

The Group has a very large presence on the Internet through Times Internet Limited, offering Email, Social networking and a host of other services & sites. It is also significant in Book publishing, Music publishing, Outdoor media and Event management.

About ProQuest

ProQuest creates specialized information resources and technologies that provide the most successful ways for people to search, find, use, and share information.

A global leader in serving libraries of all types, ProQuest offers the expertise of such respected brands as UMI®, Chadwyck-Healey™, 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 level and sophistication—including content not likely to be digitized by others.

The company is nearing launch of an all-new platform that will transform delivery of several highly-regarded individual platforms into a consolidated research experience that will encompass all ProQuest family products over time.  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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08 March 2010

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