ProQuest launches “largest literature collection ever curated”

ProQuest One Literature boasts a particular focus on diversity, highlighting work by previously marginalised authors

ProQuest has launched what it calls “a resource that can function as the single destination for literary research, teaching and learning”.

ProQuest One Literature, says the company, “brings together the largest, most inclusive literature collection ever curated, with a wealth of additional multimedia, multi-format resources”.

Makers are keen to emphasise the product’s focus on diversity, including a large collection of works by previously marginalised authors.

Our customers asked for a product that saves time for students and faculty, enriches curriculum and eliminates barriers to research

“There’s a crying need for convenient access to texts representing a range of ethnicities and experiences from around the globe, as well as for tools to critically analyse those texts,” said Nick Okrent, librarian at the University of Pennsylvania.

“A platform with high quality search functionality and extensive content – including relevant primary and secondary sources – will go a long way towards meeting this need.

“The idea of a product that synthesises extensive literature content and leverages metadata to organise it rationally is an idea whose time has come.”

It is claimed that users will be able to access:

  • more than 3 million literary criticism citations
  • 14,000 dissertations
  • 20,000 ebooks
  • 1,300 videos
  • 1,200 full-text journals
  • 500,000 primary texts written by authors from more than 65 nations
  • Work spanning the canon of traditional Western literature, from the eighth century to the present

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“Collaboration with library staff and faculty advisory groups makes ProQuest One Literature a resource of the community and for the community,” said Katie Birch, ProQuest’s director of product management.

“Our customers asked for a product that saves time for students and faculty, enriches curriculum and eliminates barriers to research. We’re proud to work with our respected advisers to launch a resource that will improve research, teaching and learning outcomes.”

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