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ProQuest's New Literature Online Platform Optimizes Content for Students and Researchers

Iconic literary resource gets a dose of accelerant in cloud-based environment

ANN ARBOR, Mich., Jan. 26, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- At the American Library Association's Midwinter Conference, ProQuest is demonstrating the new release of Literature Online®, the world's largest literary research resource. Conferees are viewing the solution's optimization of content for modern student research habits and needs. Essential for teaching and studying literature for more than 15 years, Literature Online now leverages cloud-based technology and responsive design to make its massive store of essential and in-demand content even more accessible, and easier to use than ever before.

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"ProQuest is focused on improving researcher outcomes and creating resources that support the task at hand," said Mary Sauer-Games, ProQuest Vice-President, Information Solutions. "The new release of Literature Online is designed specifically to simplify and accelerate literary research, study and teaching, and because of that, it's opening new avenues for study and analysis."

ProQuest's Literature Online is the world's most complete resource for the study and teaching of English-language literature in all its forms. This digital repository encompasses the full text of more than 350,000 important historical and contemporary works of prose, poetry and drama integrated with a nearly bottomless reservoir of contextual materials to support the interpretation of the works – authoritative criticism, reference sources such as encyclopedias, biographies and bibliographies and hours of valuable literary audio and video clips. The new release was informed by the requirements of the literary researcher today and provides faster navigation as well as more intuitive, powerful searching and browsing of content. With a fully mobile-enabled platform, Literature Online can now be with the researchers wherever they need it, putting access to authoritative and accurate resources at their fingertips.

ProQuest's literary resources first gained worldwide acclaim in the 1980s with the publication of the complete canon of English poetry on CD-ROM. In the ensuing decades, content rapidly expanded to cover all genres and time periods -- rare and inaccessible works are now available alongside the established corpus – and the leap to online was made in the mid-1990s with the launch of Literature Online, immediately hailed as a valuable and groundbreaking resource. Pedagogically, it assists in undergraduate study and the design of courses, answers questions from the elementary to the sophisticated, and creates opportunities for new forms of study, analysis, and teaching.

Beloved by students and teachers, Literature Online has an equally zealous following among librarians for its ability to reduce the work of managing journal subscriptions and save budget on book renewals.

Literature Online is dynamic, growing regularly as new primary and secondary texts are converted to electronic form, as new reference resources are added and as new formats emerge. The content of the service is developed with the advice of internationally known scholars, making Literature Online a complete, current and authoritative environment for research, teaching and undergraduate study.

About ProQuest (www.proquest.com)

ProQuest connects people with vetted, reliable information. Key to serious research, the company's products are a gateway to the world's knowledge including dissertations, governmental and cultural archives, news, historical collections and ebooks. ProQuest technologies serve users across the critical points in research, helping them discover, access, share, create and manage information.

The company's cloud-based technologies offer flexible solutions for librarians, students and researchers through the ProQuest®, Bowker®, Dialog®, ebrary®, EBL® and Serials Solutions® businesses – and notable research tools such as the Summon® discovery service, the ProQuest Flow™ collaboration platform, the Pivot™ research development tool and the Intota™ library services platform. The company is headquartered in Ann Arbor, Michigan, with offices around the world.

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