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 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

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

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.


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.)