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.

Now Live: Understanding Search Results and Locating Full Text on EBSCO

The most recent addition to the MLA International Bibliography‘s  free tutorial video series, this tutorial explains the various parts of the record display and shows end users how to locate and access the full text of the publications listed in the bibliography.  Corresponding tutorials for the ProQuest and Gale platforms are 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.

 

Apply for an MLA Bibliography Fellowship by 1 April

The MLA International Bibliography is accepting applications for three-year field-bibliography fellowships. MLA field bibliographers examine scholarly materials and submit citations and indexing information for the bibliography. Open to all MLA members, the 2017 fellowships will run from 1 July 2017 to 30 June 2020.

The MLA provides materials and training and waives registration fees for fellows attending training sessions at the MLA convention. On completion of the fellowship, fellows receive a $500 stipend and a certificate at the convention awards ceremony. In addition to performing a valuable service for the profession, field bibliographers receive institutional recognition while enhancing their knowledge of the field and honing their research skills.

For more information and to submit an application, visit the MLA Bibliography Fellowships Web page. Applications are due 1 April 2017.

Website of the Week (WoW) #225: The Popular Romance Project

The Popular Romance Project explores the origins and influences of popular romance. Its web site presents related articles, videos, and a full-length documentary, providing a broad context for studying the genre as embodied in multiple formats around the world, as far back in time as the ancient Greeks.

http://popularromanceproject.org/

Website of the Week (WoW) #224: The Peer Writing Tutor Alumni Research Project

Includes results from the authors’ investigation of the role a peer tutoring experience plays in tutors’ subsequent lives, as well as information on how to conduct similar research via surveys, focus groups and other means.

http://www.writing.wisc.edu/pwtarp/