ProQuest adds standards-based searching to its K-12 information services

ProQuest Information and Learning has introduced dynamic, standards-based searching capability into its K-12 information products, which include eLibrary, eLibrary Curriculum Edition, and the SIRS family of databases. The new search feature enables educators to find resources in ProQuest’s extensive portfolio of K-12 databases according to specific content standards and benchmarks. ProQuest says it is the first aggregated database provider to offer dynamic searching across all content areas and every current state and national learning standard. When complete, the company’s standards-based search feature reportedly will cover all core curriculum subject areas and will include all states’ standards for English, language arts, math, science, and social studies–as well as national standards for technology and health. “Dynamic” searching means that users will receive updated search results as soon as new content is added or standards change. Standards-based searching will save time for educators during the lesson-planning process and will ensure that library resources are aligned directly with learning goals, ProQuest says. Educators can use the new feature to search through more than 50 million documents in ProQuest’s databases, including full-text periodical articles, reference works, primary sources, web sites, maps, pictures, audio and video clips, transcripts, and more–all united in a single search. Standards-based searching launches directly from the products’ main search page, with customized displays and workstation access. Users will find topics, web sites, and articles that match the curriculum standards for their state. With a few clicks, users can find benchmarks and begin matching them to ProQuest resources, the company says; results display all topics related to the chosen benchmark.

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