ProQuest Announces Institutional Repository Service; Partners with MLA to Distribute Modern Language Association International Bibliography

Jun 29, 2004

ProQuest Information and Learning has launched a new digital institutional repository (IR) product, Digital Commons @, and announced a partnership with the Modern Language Association of America (MLA) to add the MLA International Bibliography as a premium add-on module to ProQuest's literary database, Literature Online.

The Digital Commons @ resource is powered by the Bepress platform, the technology partner driving the University of California's eScholarship Repository. Bepress, the Berkeley Electronic Press, based in Berkeley, California, was founded by academics to improve the scholarly publishing model. One of its goals is to create comprehensive repositories promoting one-stop shopping for researchers. Libraries that use Digital Commons @ will be able to offer services such as full-text searching, export to XML, full support for OAI, personalized email notification for new updates, and more. Additionally, ProQuest can provide a head start on content and reinforce credibility for its Digital Commons @ customers by immediately loading all of an academic library's dissertation content - creating an immediate critical mass of content at no cost to the library.

The Modern Language Association of America (MLA) will partner with ProQuest Information and Learning to add the MLA International Bibliography as a premium add-on module to ProQuest's premier literary database, Literature Online. Literature Online is an online resource for the study and teaching of literature in English. It is a fully integrated service that combines the texts of works of literature with resources of criticism and reference. Members of the New York City-based MLA include nearly 30,000 college and university teachers of English and foreign languages. ProQuest Information and Learning, a unit of ProQuest Company, creates and publishes databases for libraries and educational institutions worldwide.

The MLA International Bibliography, an annual bibliography of books and articles on modern languages and literatures, linguistics, folklore, and other related topics, has been produced since 1921. Linguistics and language materials include history and theory of linguistics, comparative linguistics, semantics, stylistics, syntax, and translation. Other topics represented in the bibliography are literary theory and criticism, dramatic arts (film, radio, television, theater), teaching of language and literature, rhetoric and composition, and history of printing and publishing.

Citation in the MLA International Bibliography will be linked to the full-text journal articles available in Literature Online. Scholars will also be able to cross-search the bibliography with Literature Online's primary source and reference content. All MLA citations dating back to 1963 will be available. Indexing for JSTOR's language and literature collection is also included in the database; some of its journals were first published in the 1880s. No part of the bibliography will be embargoed. The MLA International Bibliography will be available beginning in January 2005 as a premium module of Literature Online. Free trials will be available in late 2004.