ANN ARBOR (WWJ) — The Ann Arbor online information and database publisher ProQuest has introduced a new release of Literature Online, the world’s largest literary research resource.

ProQuest introduced the new release at the American Library Association Midwinter Conference, held Jan. 24-28 in Philadelphia.

ProQuest says Literature Online, a fixture on the web for more than 15, years, now uses cloud-based technology and responsive design to make its massive store of content more accessible and easier to use.

“ProQuest is focused on improving researcher outcomes and creating resources that support the task at hand,” said Mary Sauer-Games, ProQuest vice president of 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 includes the full text of more than 350,000 important historical and contemporary works of prose, poetry and drama, alokng with contextual materials to support the interpretation of the works — criticism, reference sources such as encyclopedias, biographies and bibliographies, and hours of literary audio and video clips.

ProQuest says the new release provides faster navigation and improved search, along with a fully mobile-enabled platform.

ProQuest put electronic literature on the map in the 1980s with the publication of the complete canon of English poetry on CD-ROM. Literature Online was launched in the mid-1990s. 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. Literature Online is also used by librarians to reduce the work of managing journal subscriptions and save money on book renewals. The content of the service is developed with the advice of internationally known scholars.

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