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

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.

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.

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 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) #221: Hawthorne in Salem

A non-profit educational Website on Nathaniel Hawthorne created at and maintained by North Shore Community College in Danvers, MA.

The site includes information on Hawthorne’s life and times, links to texts of many of his works, a bibliography of related scholarship, a timeline, maps, images, related video and audio files, and other materials.


Website of the Week (WoW) #219: Grand Comic-Book Database

An ongoing international project to build a detailed comic-book database. Listings are created by volunteer indexers from around the world.

The current database lists more than 1 million issues, about half with cover scans. It is searchable and includes information on creator credits, story details, and other information useful to the comic-book reader, fan, collector, and scholar.