How do I use the MLA database?
What is MLA?
Produced by the Modern Language Association (MLA), the electronic version of the bibliography dates back to the 1920s and contains over 1.8 million citations from more than 4,400 journals & series, and 1,000 book publishers. The indexed materials coverage is international and includes almost 60 titles from JSTOR's language and literature collection as well as links to full text.
Subjects consist of:

  • Literature, language and linguistics
  • Folklore
  • Literary theory & criticism
  • Dramatic arts
  • Historical aspects of printing and publishing
  • Rhetoric and composition
  • History, theory and practice of teaching language and literature
How do I find it?
From the GIAL Library homepage:

  • Click on A to Z Index to E-resources.
  • Scroll down to MLA.
  • Click on EBSCOhost web.
  • Select MLA Directory of Periodicals and MLA International Bibliography.
  • Click on the Continue button (top or bottom of page)
  • Enter search terms.
Tip: It is best to enter general term first, then place limiters, if needed, to narrow the results.
Example: Search for "Mandarin" and "Grammar"
Linking Semantics and Syntax in Mandarin Serial Verbs: A Role and Reference Grammar Account
By: Chang, Jung-hsing; Language and Linguistics, 2007 Jan; 8 (1): 235-66. (journal article)
Subjects: argument structure; resultative construction; serial verb construction; thematic hierarchy; role and reference grammar
Database: MLA International Bibliography
Add to folder

Self Quiz:
Of what type of material is this a citation? Answer
What is the title of the journal? Answer
What is the title of the article? Answer
To see if GIAL has this journal, by what element would you search for it on the GIAL catalog? Answer

Note the subjects given. If you find an article that especially meets your needs, check to see if there is another subject heading search that will yield yet more results on that topic.

Note the limiters in the left column. You may:

  • Refine your results (full text, peer reviewed, electronic)
  • Limit by range of years
  • Select source type (academic journal, books, dissertations)
  • Narrow by subject
  • Narrow by publication
From your list of results, click on add to folder for those records of interest.
  • Note that in the right column, a box appears which says Folder has items.
  • Click on Folder View to see only the citations that you selected.
You may print, email, save, or export these citations.
Sign up for a free MyEbscohost account where you can make folders and store citations that you might be using for different research projects that you are doing. Do this by signing to MyEbscohost in with your self-created user name and password.

From then on you may save your selected search records by making folders and copying your selected records to the folder of your choice. Make a folder for each class or research paper!

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