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SIRS, acquired by ProQuest in 2003, continues as a major product brand for ProQuest.

Database Description:

SIRS Issues Researcher offers the very best article selections from moare than 2,000 sources from around the globe. Analysis and opinions cover the pros, cons, and everything in between of 325 social, scientific, health, historic, economic, political, and global issues. Editorially created Topic Overview pages with engaging Essential Questions with answers, and viewpoint articles help build solid foundations for understanding the issues. Articles and graphics in SIRS Issues Researcher are carefully selected according to strict SIRS criteria for content reliability, relevance, and age-appropriateness. Titles include: American History, The Christian Science Monitor, Economist, Foreign Affairs, Financial, Times, Global Viewpoint, Maclean's, National Geographic, Newsweek and Science News.

SIRS Discoverer is a multidisciplinary database for elementary and middle school learners, researchers, and educators covering curriculum areas such as current events, history, health, language arts, math, science, social studies, and technology. All newspaper, magazine and reference content is 100% full text, editorially-selected and indexed from over 2,200 reliable, high-quality domestic and international sources. The collection includes 9,000 integrated educational weblinks, and reference materials such as the Compton's by Britannica encyclopedia and DK Eyewitness books.

SIRS Knowledge Source (SKS) is a comprehensive database portal which is comprised of several distinct reference databases including SIRS Issues Researcher, SIRS Government Reporter, SIRS Renaissance, and SIRS WebSelect. It provides relevant, credible information on social issues, science, history, government, and the arts and humanities.

SIRS Government Reporter is a comprehensive student resource for the study of all aspects of U.S. federal government. It contains thousands of full-text documents, summaries, and graphics covering a wide variety of topics including health, science, economics, environment, politics, foreign affairs, business, and industry. (Available for renewal only; scheduled to be migrated into SIRS Issues Researcher in late 2018.)

SIRS Renaissance (Current Perspectives on the Arts & Humanities) is a reference database that provides dynamic information on the following topics: architecture and design, culture, literature, multimedia, music, performing arts, philosophy and religion, and visual arts. Full-text articles are selected from more than 1,500 domestic and international publications. Many articles are accompanied by full-color images, including art reproductions, photographs, and illustrations. (Available for renewal only; scheduled to be migrated into SIRS Issues Researcher in late 2018.)

SIRS Decades The use of source documents offers learners of all ages a direct glimpse into the past. But without context, these sources can confuse as often as illuminate. SIRS Decades places these resources into a relevant framework for understanding that enriches both the content and students' experiences with the material. SIRS Decades features more than 5,000 hand-selected primary and secondary source articles highlighting key events, movements, people, and places in twentieth-century America. SIRS Decades coverage includes documents, letters and memos, editorial cartoons, streaming video, websites, photographs, maps, advertisements, and published articles--some available from the ProQuest microfilm vault for the first time in digital format. Titles include: Atlantic Monthly, Billboard, Current Opinion, Franklin D. Roosevelt. (Available for renewal only; target sunset date is August 2018.)


Pricing for new subscriptions for the 2017-2018 subscription term is now available.  The price for either SIRS Researcher, SIRS Discoverer, or SIRS Knowledge Source Complete, is based on the school's enrollment or the population served by a public library.  

Subscription Term:

July 1 - June 30


Orders must be received by June 15 for access to start on July 1. Prorated mid-term subscriptions will be accepted from new subscribers, but all renewals will be for one year.  All subscriptions will end on June 30.

To Place an Order:

Contact Susan Knisely at 402-471-3849, 800-307-2665 or email Susan Knisely.


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Tech Support:

There are currently three ways of contacting ProQuest Support:




  • Remote Access will be provided upon request via referred link for institutions that have an authentication system in place or via a password for authorized users. The password should not be posted to any website accessible by the general public. Posting this information is in strict violation of the SIRS Publishing, Inc. license agreement.  Contact SIRS Technical Support for information.

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