Using the MLA Int’l Bibliography: Linguistics, Folklore, Dramatic Arts, Rhet/Comp

In January 2018, the MLA International Bibliography launched four new subject area modules to accompany its “Understanding the MLA International Bibliography” online course. Each module focuses on searching the bibliography for scholarly publications in one of four disciplines: folklore, linguistics, dramatic arts (including film, television, video, and other broadcast media), and rhetoric and composition. Students who complete the new modules can earn badges in each of these four subject areas. Visit http://mla.moonami.com to access the course and new modules.

The online course and its accompanying modules are free and available for re-use and modification under a Creative Commons license. The initial course generally takes 90 minutes to complete; each of the additional modules takes about 20 minutes to complete. For additional information, please contact bibcourse@mla.org.

Honoring MLA Bibliography Fellows

The MLA International Bibliography congratulates the 2017 Fellowship Award recipients:

Joshua E. Finnell, head of research and instruction, associate professor, Colgate​ University
Marla Harris, independent scholar
Michael F. Winter, humanities librarian, University of California, Davis

The fellows, who have contributed to the bibliography from 2014 to 2017, will be awarded a certificate of accomplishment and a check for $500 during the 2018 MLA Awards Ceremony, which takes place at 7:00 p.m. on Saturday, 6 January, in the New York Hilton (West Ballroom, third floor). We offer our sincere thanks and appreciation for their service to the MLA International Bibliography!

For more information about the fellowship program and how to apply, please visit the MLA Bibliography Fellowships Web page.

New Video Tutorial: “Folklore in the MLA International Bibliography on EBSCO”

The MLA International Bibliography team is pleased to announce the most recent addition to our free tutorial video series, “Folklore in the MLA International Bibliography on EBSCO,” available at https://vimeo.com/236972619

This tutorial demonstrates strategies for Folklore research making use of the Bibliography’s extensive coverage of the field, achieved and maintained through our partnership with the American Folklore Society and Indiana University Bloomington.

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Albert C. Baugh (b.1891­–d.1981) and the creation of what is now the MLA International Bibliography

In a blog post published by EBSCO, MLA archivist Liza Young traces the beginnings of what is now the MLA International Bibliography.

https://www.ebsco.com/blog/article/the-evolution-of-the-mla-international-bibliography

A timeline of the bibliography’s history from the 1920s to the present is available here.

Understanding the MLA International Bibliography: An Online Course

The MLA released today an online course to teach students the scope and purpose of the MLA International Bibliography and how to use it effectively for college-level research.

Each of the five units in the course presents a lesson, followed by progression questions to reinforce the lesson through active engagement with the bibliography, and a quiz.  

Students will receive a badge upon passing each quiz and a course completion badge upon completing all of the lessons and passing all five quizzes.

The course usually takes students 90 minutes or less to complete and requires access to the MLA International Bibliography through the institution’s library. For access to the course and related lesson plans and ideas for integrating the course into class curricula, visit the Teaching Resources on the MLA Style Center, or go straight to the course to create a free account and start earning badges.

(The current course is designed for use with the MLA International Bibliography from EBSCO. Versions designed for the bibliography on ProQuest and on Gale are planned.)

 

 

MLA Directory of Periodicals Survey

Please help us evaluate the MLA Directory of Periodicals by taking our survey.

https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/KZG2YS2

The MLA Directory of Periodicals provides detailed information on over 6,000 journals and book series that cover literature, literary theory, dramatic arts, folklore, language, linguistics, pedagogy, rhetoric and composition, and the history of printing and publishing. Articles published in works listed in the directory are indexed in the MLA International Bibliography.

The MLA International Bibliography™ and Its People

In a post on EBSCO’s Insights & Research blog, MLA International Bibliography Editor Barbara Chen underlines the important contributions of volunteer scholars to the bibliography, and some current contributors share their insights.

https://www.ebsco.com/blog/article/the-mla-international-bibliography-and-its-people

Now Live: Search Tips for the MLA International Bibliography on Gale

The most recent addition to the MLA International Bibliography’s free tutorial video series, this tutorial provides helpful tips for finding the materials you need, quickly and accurately.  These tips may also help you improve your results when searching other online databases. Corresponding tutorials for the EBSCO and ProQuest platforms are already available.

For a wide array of tutorials specific to your vendor’s version of the Bibliography, please visit www.mla.org/bibtutorials. We welcome you to link to our tutorials, embed them in your syllabus or research guides, and share them with anyone who might find them useful.

Updated: Names as Subjects in the MLA International Bibliography on EBSCO

The most recent update to the MLA International Bibliography’s free tutorial video series, this tutorial provides helpful tips for using the Names as Subjects feature in the bibliography on EBSCO. For corresponding tutorials for the ProQuest and Gale platforms and for tutorials on additional topics, visit www.mla.org/bibtutorials.

Please feel free to link to our tutorials, embed them in your syllabus or research guides, and share them with anyone who might find them useful.

Now Live: Search Tips for the MLA International Bibliography on ProQuest

The most recent addition to the MLA International Bibliography’s free tutorial video series, this tutorial provides helpful tips for finding the materials you need, quickly and accurately.  These tips may also help you improve your results when searching other online databases. A corresponding tutorial for the EBSCO platform is already available, and one for the Gale platform is coming soon.

For a wide array of tutorials specific to your vendor’s version of the Bibliography, please visit https://www.mla.org/Publications/MLA-International-Bibliography/Tutorial-Videos. Please feel free to link to our tutorials, embed them in your syllabus or research guides, and share them with anyone who might find them useful.