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About MLA International Bibliography

The MLA International Bibliography is focused on modern languages and literature, containing over 2.8 million records. 

In addition to the bibliography, the database includes:

  • the MLA Directory of Periodicals: a list of publication details of periodicals including submission requirements, and subscription information for thousands of journals in the MLA’s subject areas.
  • The MLA Bibliography Thesaurus: a searchable and browsable controlled vocabulary that enables users to identify terminology appearing in current scholarship and to create more precise searches.

Getting Started

Using the MLA International Bibliography begins with a search. The bibliography offers many search options, which can be selected and combined to tailor the results to the researcher’s specific needs. These options include:

literary authors and their works (e.g., “Achebe, Chinua”; “Things Fall Apart”)

subject terms, including people, characters, places, periods, movements, and subject matter (e.g., “Wordsworth, William,” “Lake District,” “1700-1899,” “Romanticism,” and “landscape”)

titles of articles, books, and other scholarly works indexed in the bibliography

academic authors and their works (e.g., “Butler, Judith”; “Gender Trouble: Feminism and the Subversion of Identity”)

language of publication (e.g., “French language”)

date of publication (e.g., “2014,” “2005-2015”)

limit to peer-reviewed journal articles

 A searchable list of all the subject terms in the bibliography and their related terms can be found in the MLA Thesaurus, included with every subscription. 

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