Every member school of the Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) will receive access to a black studies database either free of charge or at a reduced cost, thanks to a new initiative from information resource company ProQuest.

In a March 20 announcement, ProQuest said it is offering the price break on its Black Studies Center database--which includes journals, essays, and other resources--to help HBCUs save money in a poor economy that has wreaked havoc on many campus operating budgets.

"While these challenging economic times have a broad impact, the magnitude of the burden HBCU libraries are facing requires urgent action," said


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