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ProQuest-Gale Agreement to Enable Cross-Searching of Databases

An agreement between ProQuest ( and Gale (, a part of Cengage Learning (; formerly Thomson Learning), will connect two digital research databases of early modern English books through cross-search technology. In 2008, a search in ProQuest’s Early English Books Online (EEBO) also will provide bibliographic search results from Gale’s Eighteenth Century Collections Online (ECCO) for mutual subscribers, and vice versa. Libraries that have purchased both will be able to activate cross-searching at no charge. EEBO and ECCO are digital collections of nearly every printed work from the late 15th through the 18th centuries; they are considered to be among the world’s most valued research collections. The companies said the agreement is designed to streamline serious research in literature, humanities, history, and a variety of cultural studies.

EEBO, the first project in ProQuest’s massive Digital Vault Initiative, includes more than 100,000 literary and historic works from 1475 to 1700. Its author list includes Joseph Addison, Daniel Defoe, William Congreve, and Thomas D’Urfey. The database also includes musical exercises by Henry Purcell, novels by Aphra Behn, and prayer books, pamphlets, proclamations, almanacs, calendars, and other primary resources.

ECCO, published digitally by Gale in 2003, captures more than 28 million pages of books, dictionaries, directories, Bibles, sheet music and sermons—in fact, almost everything printed in England between 1700 and 1800. The more than 120,000 books in ECCO contain the seminal works of the age of Enlightenment, the provocative documents that surrounded the American and French revolutionary causes, and landmark writings of scientific, technological, and medical discoveries from the Age of Reason. Sourced from the leading libraries of the world, all the works in ECCO are fully text-searchable, and they include high resolution images and bibliographic metadata.

Asked if this was the first of more cross-search agreements, Lynda James-Gilboe, senior vice president of marketing for ProQuest said: "Short answer: yes. Long answer: ProQuest’ s vision focuses heavily on uncovering content and making it more accessible, more easily discovered. It doesn’ t matter whether it’ s our content or someone else’s; if it’ s relevant, reliable, and useful, ProQuest intends to help researchers find it."

Sources: ProQuest and Gale

Scopus Introduces New Functionality and Content

Elsevier’s Scopus announced that it has added new features to the abstract and citation database that are designed to further improve research productivity and support the researchers’ workflow. The new features include the ability to search for and browse through relevant content derived from cited references, additional and flexible clustering categories in the "Refine Results" feature, the inclusion of prepublished journal articles across all subject areas—said to be a first for any multidisciplinary abstract and citation database—and extension of the self-citation exclusion options within the Scopus Citation Tracker.

As the pace of scientific discovery increases, finding the most current research results has become increasingly important for both academic and corporate researchers. Partnerships with leading journal publishers will ensure that research results of these "Articles-in-Press" can be found on Scopus up to 4 months before their official publication date. Additionally, Scopus has improved the visibility of conference papers allowing researchers to focus on emerging scientific work and early research trends originating from conference papers.

For more information about these and other additions to the Scopus database, visit

Source: Scopus

D&B Acquires Data Integration Vendor

D&B ( announced it has acquired Purisma, Inc. (, a provider of commercial data integration (CDI) software solutions, for $48 million. The acquisition was closed in late October. The companies said that Purisma provides software capabilities that will enable D&B to further penetrate the fast-growing CDI marketplace. Purisma provides a strong strategic fit with D&B as its data hub and CDI software appliance are built to leverage the D&B database, simplifying the integration of D&B data with customers’ internal systems and further embedding D&B solutions behind the customer firewall.

D&B revealed the Purisma acquisition during the announcement of its 3Q 2007 financial results. It is one of two initiatives the company said directly support its long-term growth strategy. The second initiative is the company has signed an agreement that expands its risk management business in Japan. Specifically, D&B is establishing a new joint venture with its existing Japanese partner Tokyo Shoko Research (TSR).Source: D&B

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