Comprehensive, Diverse Destination for the Study of Literature

Literary studies are evolving in extraordinary ways. While the traditional Western canon is still vital to research and learning, there is demand for voices reflecting a variety of perspectives and experiences, in formats that defy convention and expand our scope of understanding.

Recognized as a Best Database for 2020 by Library Journal, ProQuest One Literature brings together the most comprehensive collection of primary texts, ebooks, reference sources, full-text journals, dissertations, video and more, for unparalleled access to historical and contemporary content by and about celebrated and lesser-known authors from around the world.

Developed in collaboration with faculty, scholars and librarians, this user-friendly, discipline-specific database provides an immersive destination for engaging exploration and analysis of poetry, stories, essays, plays and criticism. ProQuest One Literature is ideal for literature students and scholars, and relevant across a spectrum of subject areas and disciplines.

ProQuest One Literature provides a great selection of diverse voices which are not well-represented in other collections.


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ProQuest One Literature: The comprehensive destination for the study of literature across the curriculum

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ProQuest One Literature: The comprehensive destination for the study of literature across the curriculum

Provides unmatched content and tools to support the study of literature from a variety of sources including diverse primary texts, criticism, full-text journals, book reviews, dissertations, eBooks, reference material, audio, and video.

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Diverse & Inclusive

Diverse & Inclusive

Expand awareness and understanding through different perspectives, orientations and experiences from around the globe



Full-text journals, criticism, videos, dissertations, ebooks, book reviews, primary texts, author & movement pages



Content will continue to grow to support the needs of literary students, teachers, and scholars



Collaboration with library and faculty advisory groups makes a resource of the community for the community

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Primary Texts

From the traditional English literature canon to the silent voices of underrepresented groups, ProQuest One Literature includes more than 500,000 works of poetry, prose and plays. More than thirty individual literature collections are centered around three main categories, canonical texts, non-English language literature, and diverse underrepresented authors and their works. Each collection has a unique landing page that faculty can share with their classes, and where users can discretely browse and search the original works of prose, poetry, and drama contained in each collection.

Diverse & Inclusive Curriculum

Over 1 million pages of primary texts from diverse and underrepresented authors offer unique perspectives to the more traditional literary canon, supporting scholars and students with works that reflect more current perspectives in literary and language studies. The poetry, prose and plays from global and diverse authors helps support the broad DEI mission of academic institutions while better reflecting the student body in academia today.

Historic and Contemporary Literary Criticism

Full-text literary and interdisciplinary journals, book reviews, and dissertations offer the latest scholarly insight into contemporary literary perspectives and emerging topics. This contemporary criticism is supplemented with Historic Literary Criticism related to more than 500 influential authors from the 17th to the early 20th centuries, allowing readers to contextualize these authors in order to investigate how contemporary critics assessed their works.

Annual Bibliography of English Language and Literature (ABELL)

Part of ProQuest One Literature, ABELL, the renowned A&I index by the Modern Humanities Research Association (MHRA) is the definitive resource for literary criticism published between 1892 through 1962. In addition to journals, book chapters, conference proceedings, and dissertations, ABELL indexes book reviews. ABELL provides 1.1M bibliographic citations and continues to grow. Bibliographic experts have long agreed that ABELL is an essential tool for the literary scholar and have stressed its coverage of unique material that is not included in other bibliographic sources.

Content is admirably global and diverse, with collections highlighting Latin American women, Caribbean literature, and South and Southeast Asian literature, and the interface is elegant and easy to navigate.

Library Journal Best Database for 2020

ProQuest One Literature offers a trusted core to meet every need a student has for literary research in their college career.

Jane Faulkner, Literature Librarian at the University of California, Santa Barbara and development partner

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