26 June 2006 News Releases

Serials Solutions Central Search Now Searches Factiva

Serials Solutions Central Search Now Searches Factiva

Serials Solutions, a business unit of ProQuest Information and Learning, has announced that content in Factiva.com will be searchable by Serials Solutions’ federated search engine, Central Search. Factiva, a Dow Jones and Reuters Company, provides essential business news and information to professionals and students. Central Search accesses the e-resources of academic libraries and delivers search results in a single interface, allowing library users at colleges and universities to explore a wide variety of resources at once. Factiva joins the nearly 1000 e-resources to which Central Search is actively connected.

Central Search dramatically reduces the time required to search multiple resources and allows academic libraries to unite a wealth of databases - including full text, metadata, even local databases - under a single, powerful search engine.

Factiva.com includes more than 10,000 authoritative sources including The Wall Street Journal, Dow Jones and Reuters newswires and more than 3,500 of the most influential Web sites, making Factiva an indispensable resource for a broad spectrum of academic libraries.

With a growing percentage of library budgets being dedicated to electronic resources like Factiva.com, academic libraries are increasingly pressed to offer more and better options to meet their users’ research needs. Serials Solutions has been dedicated since its founding to providing complete solutions for today’s electronic collections. Factiva content available in Central Search is another example of this commitment to making valuable resources more accessible to library patrons at colleges and universities.

"With the addition of Factiva’s quality content to Serials Solutions’ Central Search, we have achieved an important objective in our overall goal of giving library users comprehensive federated search access to the world’s best electronic resources," commented Peter McCracken, MLS, Serials Solutions director of electronic content management.

"Our collaboration with Serials Solutions Central Search will put the world’s most powerful business content in the hands of even more students and faculty," said Greg Gerdy, vice president of channel marketing and strategy, Factiva. "With 73% of Generation Y using the Internet for school research, Factiva is committed to delivering high-quality content to these users so that they can support their papers and theses with the most reliable and authoritative facts." "

"The ability to search Factiva’s outstanding content in Central Search demonstrates our on going commitment to making all e-resources searchable from a single location - be it library Web site, business school home page, or class Web page. By utilizing the Factiva XML gateway the Central Search development team has emphasized a high-quality, robust search experience for the end user," said Serials Solutions’ J.R. Jenkins, MLIS, group product manager for Central Search.

Serials Solutions’ parent, ProQuest Information and Learning, has partnered with Factiva since 1997 to reach academic and public libraries. Last year, the collaboration expanded to include global distribution of Factiva.com, for the academic market, including for-profit and distance-learning institutions, and public libraries. This year, the relationship was further enhanced to include distribution to corporate and government sectors in Latin America.

About Factiva®

Factiva, a Dow Jones and Reuters Company, provides essential business news and information together with the content delivery tools and services that enable professionals to make better decisions faster. Factiva’s unrivalled collection of more than 10,000 authoritative sources includes the exclusive combination of The Wall Street Journal, the Financial Times®, Dow Jones and Reuters newswires and the Associated Press, as well as Reuters Fundamentals and D&B® company profiles.

Factiva’s innovative, XML-based and Web services-enabled technology platform provides access to this rich content collection via Factiva’s role-specific products or through customized enterprise, group or personal solutions. Executives, information professionals, marketers, salespeople, and other professionals can easily monitor and understand the latest news, market trends, and business challenges relevant to them - directly from the Microsoft® Office and job-specific applications they use every day.

About Serials Solutions

Serials Solutions, part of ProQuest Information and Learning, is the industry-leader providing complete e-resource access and management solutions to over 1600 libraries worldwide. Founded by a librarian for librarians, Serials Solutions helps librarians and patrons find and use electronic content through its Access & Management Suite (AMS), Full MARC Records service for e-journals, Article Linker - Serials Solutions’ comprehensive OpenURL link resolver, Central Search - a powerful federated search engine, and ERMS - a lifecycle manager for electronic subscriptions.

About ProQuest Information and Learning

ProQuest Information and Learning, a division of ProQuest Company, is a world leader in collecting, organizing, and publishing information worldwide for researchers, faculty, and students in libraries and schools. Known widely for its strength in business and economics, general reference, genealogy, humanities, social sciences, and STM content, the company develops premium databases comprising periodicals, newspapers, dissertations, out-of-print books, and other scholarly information from more than 9,000 publishers worldwide. Users access the information through the ProQuest® Web-based online information system, Chadwyck-Healey™ electronic and microform resources, UMI® microform and print reference products, eLibrary®, SIRS® and Serials Solutions resource management resources. ProQuestSmart® Search was named "Best Specialist Search Product" by the International Information Industry Awards in late 2005. For more information about ProQuest Information and Learning, visit www.il.proquest.com.