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August 5, 2002 — In addition to this week's NewsBreaks article and the monthly NewsLink Spotlight, Information Today, Inc. (ITI) offers Weekly News Digests that feature recent product news and company announcements. Watch for additional coverage to appear in the next print issue of Information Today. For other up-to-the-minute news, check out ITIís Twitter account: @ITINewsBreaks.

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ProQuest Completes Digitization of Full Wall Street Journal Backfile

ProQuest Information and Learning has announced the completion of its yearlong project to digitize the complete backfile (1889-1985) of The Wall Street Journal as part of its ProQuest Historical Newspapers program.

"ProQuest has digitized each issue of The Wall Street Journal from cover to coverónot just the news stories and editorials, but also the photos, graphics, and advertisements," said Joe Reynolds, president and CEO of ProQuest Information and Learning. "The resulting database contains more than half a million pages and more than 5 million articles. For the first time ever, academic researchers can search the full historical backfile of The Wall Street Journal online. And they can view the information they seek in its original context. Users see the full page image of the newspaper as it was originally published."

Searchers can use basic keyword, advanced, guided, and relevancy search techniques to pinpoint the information they seek. Or they can browse through issues page by page, as one would browse a printed edition. Search results provide bibliographic information, including date, issue, article headline, page number, and author name (where given). To see the desired article, the user simply chooses it, and the image is displayed as an Adobe PDF file. Users may also choose to display the full page image of any page in any issue.

Full text of The Wall Street Journal dating to 1986 is also available electronically in ASCII full text from ProQuest. Both the archive and the current file are available by subscription on the ProQuest service.

Free trials are available. Libraries may receive more information by contacting their account representative at 800/521-0600, ext. 3183 or 3452, or at

Source: ProQuest Information and Learning

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