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ProQuest Adds New Content to Periodicals Archive Online

ProQuest, LLC (www.proquest.com) announced that Periodicals Archive Online (PAO) offers three more ways to build a library's research archive with the addition of The Spectator to Collection 7, the launch of Collection 8, and the development of 5 additional years of coverage for journals in Collections 1-5. Periodicals Archive Online is an online journal archive that digitizes the backfiles of periodicals in the arts, humanities, and social sciences, providing access to the full text of a growing number of titles that have been indexed in its sister database, Periodicals Index Online.

The inclusion of The Spectator in the completed Collection 7 (available from September) makes available exclusively the complete digital backfile from 1828 to 2000. This prestigious weekly publication is the oldest continuously published magazine in the English language and represents an essential resource for researchers, offering a unique record of this period.

Collection 8, which has also now launched, targets leading periodicals for inclusion. The choice of journals is based on their scholarly importance and is informed by recommendations from an international selection of librarians. Journals nominated by publishers and users are also considered. Among the titles in the first release of this collection are: Essays in Arts and Sciences, International Journal on World Peace, Psychiatry, and Science & Society.

Developed in response to customer demand, Collection Extensions offer additional years of content, from 1996 to 2000, for journals in Collections 1-5. Collection Extensions 1 and 2 are now available, with Extensions 3-5 to follow in 2010. As well as providing extra content for key publications, the Collection Extensions will extend the coverage of many journals to the point at which coverage often commences in current file services, offering institutions seamless electronic access to numerous complete journal runs.

More than 550 journals are featured in Periodicals Archive Online, representing more than 14 million pages and almost 200 years of scholarship. Libraries receive perpetual rights to content when they purchase PAO collections.

Source: ProQuest, LLC



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