The Globe and Mail Joins ProQuest Historical Newspapers

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ANN ARBOR — Ann Arbor-based ProQuest said it will streamline research of Canadian life and history by making the complete works of Canada’s newspaper of record, the Toronto Globe and Mail, accessible in the powerful ProQuest digital research environment.

As part of ProQuest’s Historical Newspaper collection, the archive of The Globe and Mail will be cross-searchable with a worldwide selection of both major and specialty newspapers – from The New York Times and The Guardian to the Chicago Defender and the Jerusalem Post – significantly enhancing productivity and efficiency of researchers and journalists exploring historical events.

Until now, the more than 1.5 million digital pages of The Globe and Mail have been available on an isolated platform. In its new incarnation, it can be searched in conjunction with over 30 million pages of historical newspaper content as well as current multimedia news.

“The Globe and Mail’s contribution to understanding North American history is essential, but it has been in its own silo, apart from other major news sources,” said Rod Gauvin, ProQuest senior vice president of information solutions. “We’ve eliminated the extra step that researchers had to take to explore it, boosting its accessibility and research power with a far richer context.”

The archive of The Globe and Mail captures 165 years of history dating from the newspapers first edition in 1844 as The Globe. Every edition is digitized from first page to last, capturing even the tiniest elements in news stories, photographs, maps, ads, classifieds, political cartoon, birth and death notices, and so on. Working with the content within the ProQuest research environment allows precision search and buoys it with management tools that support researchers across the scope of their projects — from discovery to collaboration to output.

“The Globe and Mail has tremendous historical importance in the tracking not only Canadian life, but the Canadian perspective on world events,” said Angus Frame, vice president for digital media and technology at The Globe and Mail. “We’re delighted to work with ProQuest and have our e-archive move another step forward through integration with other major world newspapers. We’re confident this will enable more sophisticated use by researchers of this important content.”

ProQuest is renowned for building avenues for researchers to efficiently explore the world’s news. Its historical newspaper content dates from the mid-1700s and spans three continents. Researchers can search and work with it alongside today’s news, whether it was born in print, online or in video.  To learn more visit www.proquest.com.

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