(Read some recent ProQuest insights in an interview with CEO Marty Kahn at Library Journal.)
In this digital age, it's easy to forget that not so long ago, the vast majority of books and publications simply weren't available to most scholars and researchers, let alone the general public.
Major research collections were held by only a handful of libraries worldwide, so accessing the most important scholarly works of the day could be a lengthy and cost-prohibitive pursuit.
In the early 1930s, a young man from Ann Arbor named Eugene Power began applying himself to these problems of access. His goal was two-fold: "To preserve information... and to release readers from the limitations of the printing press." Today ProQuest continues to follow his mission.
As a result of agreements with more than 9,000 publishers worldwide, we provide access to information from periodicals, newspapers, multimedia and image collections, out-of-print books, dissertations, and scholarly collections in various formats. Our ever-changing archives include more than 5.5 billion pages of information, spanning 500 years of scholarship, in formats that range from print to microform to digital.
Our archives, in turn, are carefully organized, indexed, and inserted (in their full-text) into one or more research databases. These research solutions for elementary, middle, and high school (K-12) classrooms and libraries, including SIRS®, eLibrary®, ProQuest®, and many others, are made available on a subscription basis to institutions around the world.
Each research tool from ProQuest offers a set of resources that assist everyone from general researchers to those searching for historical, primary source, or even science-related content. Subscribers use their computers to access our databases via the Web. (Review our K-12-specific and full solutions catalog for additional information.)
About ProQuest LLC
ProQuest creates specialized information resources and technologies that propel successful research and lifelong learning. A global leader in serving libraries of all types, ProQuest offers the culmination of experience from many respected brands, including CSA™, UMI®, Chadwyck-Healey™, SIRS®, and eLibrary®. With Serials Solutions®, Ulrich's™, RefWorks®, COS™, and Dialog® brands now in the ProQuest family, the company continues to build on its legacy of responsive people in partnership with librarians.
ProQuest consistently seeks new ways to support researchers and quality research. 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 technology, ProQuest offers a depth and breadth 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 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.cambridgeinformationgroup.com.
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