08 December 2006 News Releases

Serials Solutions Central Search Offers Access to LexisNexis Academic

Serials Solutions Central Search Offers Access to LexisNexis Academic

Joint customers of Serials Solutions, a business unit of ProQuest Information and Learning, and LexisNexis U.S., a leading provider of information and services solutions, will now be able to search the LexisNexis® Academic service through Central Search, Serials Solutions’ federated search engine, via an XML gateway. Serials Solutions recently enhanced Central Search with results clustering, which organizes search results into subject-based groupings. This technology is especially well suited for the variety of news, business and legal materials present in LexisNexis Academic.

“Serials Solutions chose to connect to LexisNexis Academic via an XML gateway rather than use one of the HTML screen scraping techniques used by some federated search engines,” said JR Jenkins, group product manager for Serials Solutions. “The quality of the connection is better—faster and more stable—and the metadata retrieved is higher quality. Better data points equal better search results.”

Alistair Morrison, product manager for LexisNexis Academic, added “Our academic subscribers have eloquently explained their vision of the interconnected library of the 21st Century and the need to break down barriers and put the rich content of the LexisNexis® services in front of the users who need it. The successful implementation of an efficient federated search gateway with Central Search is a great step towards realizing that vision.”

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. For more information, please visit www.serialssolutions.com or call 1-866 SERIALS.

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.

About LexisNexis

LexisNexis® (www.lexisnexis.com) is a leading provider of information and services solutions, including its flagship Web-based Lexis® and Nexis® research services, to a wide range of professionals in the legal, risk management, corporate, government, law enforcement, accounting and academic markets. A member of Reed Elsevier Group plc [NYSE: ENL; NYSE: RUK] (www.reedelsevier.com), LexisNexis serves customers in 100 countries with 13,000 employees worldwide.

LexisNexis provides solutions for organization-wide information needs of corporate, legal, federal and academic professionals. LexisNexis Academic & Library Solutions has been gathering and indexing congressional information for more than 35 years and is now a recognized source for locating congressional information.