10 July 2009 News Releases

New SIRS® Issues Researcher Helps Users Discover Essential Answers to Questions on Global Social Issues

Today, ProQuest is introducing SIRS® Issues Researcher, an editorially-structured resource designed to explore the context, perspectives, and essential questions under debate on hundreds of pro/con issues.

SIRS Issues Researcher draws together illuminating content selected from more than 1,700 global full-text and multimedia sources.  This provides users with the tools to establish fundamental understanding and frame informed viewpoints.  High quality graphics and websites, and videos also promote visual and media literacy.

“The study of social issues—whether for research papers, debate, presentations, or other projects—is centrally important across curricula in secondary schools, community colleges, and undergraduate survey courses,” said Barb Beach, vice president of publishing for ProQuest.  “And the importance grows as more educators place emphasis on multicultural and global awareness, critical thinking skills, and digital information literacy.  ProQuest is committed to providing resources like SIRS Issues Researcher that directly support all of these needs.”

SIRS Issues Researcher is specifically designed to promote meaningful “21st-century learning” by engaging students in current events and important social issues.  Key features include:
•  “Leading Issues,” which displays information critical to understanding the issues most studied and debated.
• “Pro/Con” section, which structures the content for more than 300 issues, helping students to see the varying points‐of‐view from multiple sources.
• “Essential Questions,” which support critical thinking by helping students identify the core issues under debate. 
• Opinion polls, based on actual student input, which bring forward issues in context and place students into the debate.

The interface of SIRS Issues Researcher includes textual and visual searches that help users choose a topic, see relationships across ideas, and understand the context for the issues. Users can connect to online tools for social bookmarking, note organization, article translation, and start-to-finish research help.

SIRS Issues Researcher is an “actively managed” social issues database.  ProQuest editors scaffold the information to illustrate the range and breadth of topics, review and bring forward key content, and maintain the entries for timeliness and relevance.  Entries contain both current coverage and historical perspective, and display the cross-curricular connections across topics.  Editorial oversight also helps students’ select appropriate topics and provides educators with a resource matched to national and state learning standards. 

For more information on the new SIRS Issues Researcher visit http://www.proquestk12.com/landings/issues.shtml 

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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