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ProQuest Buys Dialog

ProQuest, a portfolio company of ABRY Partners, has agreed to acquire Dialog from Thomson Reuters. No financial terms were disclosed. Dialog provides online research tools including publication content archives. (Note: peHUB is published by Thomson Reuters)

ProQuest, a Cambridge Information Group company, has signed an agreement under which ProQuest would acquire the Thomson Reuters Dialog(R: 67.13, +1.53, +2.33%) business. The transaction is expected to close pending a successful completion of the formal consultation period and other customary closing conditions. Financial terms of the transaction are not disclosed.

The acquisition of Dialog would allow ProQuest to deepen its penetration in the corporate library and professional research markets with a valued brand, authoritative content and precision search tools.

“Dialog is a highly respected source of information and a trusted brand for libraries, so it is an exceptionally good fit in the ProQuest family,” said ProQuest CEO Marty Kahn. “The companies' content and market strengths complement each other and just as important is the match with our values — we share a deep understanding of the library community and commitment to serving it with high-quality information tools.”

Dialog would continue to be an important distribution channel for Thomson Reuters content after the transaction. Derwent World Patents Index (DWPI), Investext, TrademarkScan, SciSearch(R: 67.13, +1.53, +2.33%) and BIOSIS are among the many business-critical databases that will remain available through the Dialog services.

“Both ProQuest and Thomson Reuters understand the valuable role of Dialog in the information industry,” said Mr. Kahn. “During this interim period, we feel absolutely confident that Thomson Reuters will continue to provide customers with the high level of support and service they have come to expect.”

Founded 40 years ago by Roger Summit, Dialog was the world's first online information retrieval system to be used globally with commercially important databases. Dialog online-based information services help organizations across the globe to seek competitive advantages in such fields as business, science, engineering, finance and law. The Dialog portfolio of products and services, including Dialog(R: 67.13, +1.53, +2.33%) and DataStar(R: 67.13, +1.53, +2.33%), offers organizations the ability to precisely retrieve data from more than 1.4 billion unique records of key information, accessible via the Internet.

With direct operations in 27 countries, Dialog products and services are a combination of highly accurate online research tools offering access to unique and relevant databases designed to meet the specific needs of its wide range of users. Information professionals and end-users within business, professional and government organizations in more than 100 countries value Dialog services to meet their searching needs.

ProQuest plans for the Dialog business include refreshing its platforms, evolving them to meet the needs of today's information professional, as well as exploring new products and renovating existing products. For more information about the ProQuest family of information brands and products, visit

About ProQuest

ProQuest provides seamless access to and navigation of more than 125 billion digital pages of the world's scholarship, delivering it to the desktop and into the workflow of serious researchers in multiple fields, from arts, literature, and social science to science, technology, and medicine. ProQuest is part of Cambridge Information Group (

ProQuest's vast content pools are available to researchers through libraries of all types and include the world's largest digital newspaper archive, periodical databases comprising the output of more than 9,000 titles and spanning more than 500 years, the pre-eminent dissertation collection, and various other scholarly collections. Users access the information through the ProQuest(R: 67.13, +1.53, +2.33%) and CSA Illumina(TM: 100.81, -0.65, -0.64%) online information systems, Chadwyck-Healey(TM: 100.81, -0.65, -0.64%) electronic and microform resources, UMI(R: 67.13, +1.53, +2.33%) microform and print reference products, eLibrary(R: 67.13, +1.53, +2.33%) and SIRS(R: 67.13, +1.53, +2.33%) educational resources, Ulrich's(R: 67.13, +1.53, +2.33%) Serials Analysis System, COS Scholar Universe, and Serials Solutions(R: 67.13, +1.53, +2.33%) resource management tools. Through the expertise of business units Serials Solutions and RefWorks/COS, ProQuest provides technological tools that allow researchers and libraries to better manage and use their information resources.