31 January 2008 News Releases

The Irish Times and The Weekly Irish Times Added to ProQuest Historical Newspapers

News release regarding The Irish Times (1859-2007) and The Weekly Irish Times (1865-1950), the first Irish titles to join the acclaimed ProQuest Historical Newspapers™. From July 31, 2008.

The ability to cross-search the archives of two major Irish newspapers with ProQuest's existing U.S. and British historical newspapers provides researchers with additional distinct perspectives on key international events, such as the 1916 Easter Uprising and formation of the Republic of Ireland, the repercussions of the Irish Potato Famine, World Wars I and II, and the War in Iraq.  Researchers will be able to compare news, political cartoons, and editorials about the same events in Irish, U.S., and British newspapers.

"The Irish Times and The Weekly Irish Times have earned international acclaim for their independent reporting," said Rod Gauvin, senior vice president of publishing for ProQuest.  "They have truly been innovators in newspaper publishing.  In fact, The Irish Times was the first newspaper in Britain and Ireland, and among the first 30 in the world, to publish on the World Wide Web.  We are pleased that these renowned titles are now part of ProQuest's news publishing program."

"The Irish Times is delighted to be working alongside ProQuest, the largest worldwide distributor of digitized newspaper archives, said Niall O'Connor, The Irish Times New Media Division.  "The inclusion of The Irish Times digital archive in ProQuest Historical Newspapers will allow people to delve into the history of Ireland and the world through a unique perspective and historical context."

Since its inception, The Irish Times has evolved from reflecting the views of its founder-- in its first issue it described itself as a 'new conservative daily paper'-- to becoming a truly politically- and commercially-independent newspaper.  The Irish Times has earned an international reputation as Ireland's quality daily newspaper. News reporting from throughout Ireland is accompanied by reports from a comprehensive network of foreign correspondents, as well as sports and business coverage, features and arts sections, lifestyle, jobs and property. Each issue contains well-informed background analysis and assessment of the events of the day, and diversity of debate in the daily opinion columns.  The Weekly Irish Times coverage, which will be available digitally for the first time, will include The Irish Times pictorial section. 

The Irish Times and The Weekly Irish Times archives will be cross-searchable with ProQuest Historical Newspapers, the world's largest digital newspaper archive, encompassing more than 17 million pages dating from 1764.  A core research holding in major libraries around the world, it includes such formidable newspapers as The Guardian, The Observer, The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Christian Science Monitor, Los Angeles Times, Chicago Tribune, The New York Tribune, The Washington Post, Atlanta Constitution, Boston Globe, Hartford Courant, The Chicago Defender, New York Amsterdam News, Pittsburgh Courier, Los Angeles Sentinel, and Atlanta Daily World. ProQuest's Historical Newspapers is the definitive digital newspaper archive with full-page views and images, keyword searching, article-level search results, and the ability to browse through an issue page by page.


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