March 25, 2011 – After two years of development, ProQuest launched their new platform for the Dialog subsidiary in August 2010, with 14 pharmaceutical and biomedical databases included. The combination of web search and power search features is what ProQuest was banking on for user satisfaction.

We found this interesting piece of news on Information Today in their article, “Dialog Delivers More Data and Features.” The launch contained many new features, appropriate for a web search dominated environment, but retained the power search features unique to classic Dialog.

A second release in February considerably expanded the product’s capabilities. Searches can now be conducted in 69 databases, containing 200 million documents, across nine subject areas.

Expanding the databases to produce a more dynamic search is exciting. That much growth in six months is encouraging for all of us in the information technology field.

Melody K. Smith