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Summon Service to Include MLA International Bibliography

The Modern Language Association (MLA; has signed an agreement with Serials Solutions (, a business unit of ProQuest, to include its MLA International Bibliography in the Summon web-scale discovery service. The agreement enables the bibliography to be discoverable through the Summon service, a pioneering technology that provides instant searching of library collections-from books and videos to e-resources at the article level, integrated and accessible from a single search box.

The MLA International Bibliography provides a subject index to print and electronic books, articles and websites published on modern languages, literatures, folklore, and linguistics. Coverage includes literature from all over the world. Other topics include literary theory and criticism, dramatic arts (film, radio, television, theater), history of printing and publishing, rhetoric and composition, and teaching. Compiled by the staff of the MLA office of bibliographic information services with the cooperation of more than 100 contributing bibliographers in the U.S. and abroad, it presently includes more than 2.2 million records with 72,000 books and articles added annually.

MLA is the latest information provider that is choosing to make its content more discoverable to researchers, students, and faculty via this service. Each new participant adds to the service's ability to fully represent the library collection.

The Summon service launched worldwide beta testing in January with key content providers ProQuest and Gale, plus key contributors such as Springer, Taylor& Francis, and SAGE. Since then, the program has added Ingram Digital, LexisNexis, Publishing Technology-the provider of the scholarly research platform IngentaConnect-ThomsonReuters ISI Web of Science, ABC-CLIO, IEEE, Emerald, Scitation publishers, the Royal Society, scores of scholarly publishers and university presses, and more. The service is now available commercially and has been adopted by dozens of universities on three continents. The company recently launched a mobile application that enables instant searching of the breadth of a library's collection from a smartphone.

Source: Serials Solutions

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