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LITR 355 - Gender and Literature - Judith Funston: LITR 353


Name: Jessica Ramey


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MLA International Bibliography

The MLA International Bibliography is a subject index for books, articles and websites published on modern languages, literatures, folklore, and linguistics. 

MLA - step by step

For a complete review of the research process, see the "Research in Databases" tutorial.


Using the MLA database:


  1. Be sure that you are using the ADVANCED search screen.

  2. Remember that you are NOT searching the full text of articles, but are searching a short record like this one:

    MLA example 5a

  3. You will initially be looking for what has been written about a specific literary work, so you should have the name of the literary work in quotes in the first box and the last name of the author in the box below it. Change the drop down boxes to the right to read Subject heading.

    MLA example 1a

    It is tempting to change the boxes on the right to Author and Document Title or Publication Title.  DO NOT NOT NOT DO THIS!!!!!!!  Those labels are reserved for the titles and authors of the critical materials (articles, dissertations, book chapters) in MLA, NOT for the literary work about which you are seeking criticism.

  4. There are a great many interesting, but difficult to obtain, types of materials in MLA.  To make your life easier, for academic assignments start by limiting to Peer-Reviewed, Journal Articles in English and see if that will provide you with what you need.  If not, you can expand your search later.

    MLA example 2a

  5. For Journal Articles in English, on the results list use the "Check Availability" link to see if we have access to that article.

    MLA example 3a

  6. Some articles are available right away, some are only available in paper on our shelves, and some must be interlibrary-loaned

    <MLA example 3a

  7. If you have too many results, look at the list of subjects in "good" results records and choose additional terms to add to your search
  8. If you have too few results, you can either:
    • search just for the author, but don't include the name of the work in the search.
    • or you can uncheck the Journal Articles and Peer-Reviewed boxes. Be aware that the "check availability" link will not provide correct results for non-articles. If you have a book chapter, you must manually check our catalog (BearCat) to see if we have that book.
  9. Remember to leave enough time for Interlibrary Loan!


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