19 June 2008 News Releases

CRKN Partners with ProQuest to bring Periodicals Archive Online to Leading Research Institutions in Canada

The acclaimed Periodicals Archive Online will be available to 67 key research institutions in Canada through an arrangement between Micromedia ProQuest and the Canadian Research Knowledge Network (CRKN).

The acclaimed Periodicals Archive Online will be available to 67 key research institutions in Canada through an arrangement between Micromedia ProQuest and the Canadian Research Knowledge Network (CRKN). Periodicals Archive Online is renowned for its access to international, scholarly literature from 37 subject areas in the arts, humanities and social sciences, spanning nearly 200 years.  CRKN is expanding the universe of digital information to build research capacity in Canada's universities.  

"Periodicals Archive Online is well-suited to meet the growing need for humanities research throughout Canada," said Simon Beale, Senior Vice President of Global Sales for ProQuest. "We're honored that CRKN has chosen Micromedia ProQuest as a partner in fulfilling its goal of expanding access to scholarly, digital content in the Canadian research community."

Deb deBruijn, CRKN Executive Director, says, "CRKN is pleased to partner with Micromedia ProQuest in bringing this high caliber content to our universities' researchers and students.  The national agreement for Periodicals Archive Online will provide a rich and unique set of resources for our community, and will foster innovative and interdisciplinary research across Canada."

Periodicals Archive Online's six multidisciplinary collections offer a total of 500 full-run titles with more than 1.7 million articles and 10 million pages in full text.  Nearly 20% of the titles from the databases are in languages other than English, including coverage of leading research publications in French, Spanish, and German.  Its platform includes powerful features that support the research process.  For example, a Quick Search feature on every page of the service is augmented by sophisticated "post-search" results filtering that helps users get to relevant results quickly.  A special "My Archive" feature saves searches, records and notes for future research sessions in a personal research area.  Periodicals Archive Online also offers free MARC records, Z39.50 support for federated searching, OpenURL compliance, citation software support, and COUNTER-compliant usage statistics.

ProQuest's partnership with the Canadian Research Knowledge Network to provide Periodicals Archive Online is part of the company's ongoing initiative to expand access to the world's most significant research collections, and builds upon earlier agreements to provide Canada's Heritage from 1844 - The Globe and Mail, ProQuest® Historical Newspapers, and the House of Commons Parliamentary Papers 19th and 20th Centuries.

More information about Periodicals Archive Online is available at http://pao.chadwyck.com

About CRKN
The Canadian Research Knowledge Network is a partnership of Canadian universities, dedicated to expanding digital content for the academic research enterprise in Canada. Through the coordinated leadership of librarians, researchers and administrators, CRKN undertakes large-scale content acquisition and licensing initiatives in order to build knowledge infrastructure and research capacity in Canada's universities.

This agreement was reached under CRKN's Digital Content Infrastructure for the Human and Social Sciences (DCI) Project. The DCI project was funded under the Canada Foundation for Innovation's National Platforms Fund, in partnership with 8 provincial governments and 67 Canadian universities.


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.

For more information, visit www.proquest.com or the ProQuest parent company website, www.cig.com.