11 August 2008 News Releases

CultureGrams® Delivers the Insider Story on World Cultures

The resource students and businesspeople use for "insider" knowledge about country-to-country cultural differences has been updated with new country reports, sections, content and features.

The resource students and businesspeople use for "insider" knowledge about country-to-country cultural differences has been updated with new country reports, sections, content and features.    CultureGrams&reg, renowned for concise and reliable cultural information on the countries of the world, now includes reports on New Caledonia, San Marino, and Vatican City in its World Edition.  A variety of multimedia elements and Olympics teaching resources have been added to the Kids Edition.  

"These updates are part of our commitment to delivering resources that illuminate world cultures on the desktops of schools and libraries everywhere," said Andy Bay, publisher for ProQuest.  "CultureGrams allows researchers to experience the different customs and lifestyles of the world's people through the eyes of those immersed in them."

CultureGrams has earned accolades from journalists, librarians and teachers for its unique insider perspective.  Each World Edition report is written by a native or long-term resident in coordination with a CultureGrams editor. Writers are selected for their education, knowledge of a national language, experience with different regions and socioeconomic groups, recent residency in the country, and access to current information. Drafts are then independently reviewed by natives or long-term residents, with similar qualifications but varying backgrounds.  The process ensures additional perspectives and insights are captured before final editing and publication.

 "For nearly thirty years CultureGrams has combed the world every year for qualified citizens in each nation who convey in writing what life there is really like," said Jeffery Ringer, director of the

Brigham Young University David M. Kennedy Center for International Studies.  "No one makes the effort CultureGrams does to 'put the whole world in your hands.'"

Other CultureGrams online updates include new Native America and Cultural Notes sections in the States Edition and new reports on Iceland, Iran, Kazakhstan, and Laos in the Kids Edition.  Also, downloadable video and slideshows, photos, flag and maps outlines, Olympics teaching activities, citation generator, and email text feature have been added.  Additionally, the 2009 print World Edition (2- and 4-volume sets) publishes this month. 

Since its beginnings in 1974, CultureGrams has become one of the most trusted and widely used cultural reference products.  CultureGrams has become a favorite among school, business, military, government, and public libraries because of its insider's perspective on daily life and culture, including the history, customs, and lifestyles of the world's people. Reports cover more than 200 countries, the 50 U.S. states and the District of Columbia, and Canadian provinces. Additional content includes images, maps, flags, bios, statistics, and a recipe collection that offers five authentic recipes for every country in the database.

CultureGrams® is a registered trademark licensed from Brigham Young University


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