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.

Website of the Week (WoW) #218: Europeana Regia

This virtual exhibit recreates large portions of three royal manuscript collections of the Medieval and Renaissance periods that were subsequently dispersed: Bibliotheca Carolina (8th and 9th centuries), the Library of Charles V and Family (14th century) and the Library of the Aragonese Kings of Naples (15th and 16th centuries).

Digitized through the Europeana Regia project (2010-2012), the manuscripts are now also accessible via the larger Europeana collection. The virtual exhibit makes it possible to explore the manuscripts in the context of the reconstructed collections, each of which provides a view into European cultural activity during a distinct historical period.

Website of the Week (WoW) #217: The Science Fiction and Fantasy Research Database

Online compilation and extension of Science Fiction and Fantasy Reference Index (1878-1985, 1985-1991, and 1992-1995), listing articles, books, and other materials, primarily about science fiction and fantasy but with some coverage of horror, gothic and utopian literature. Offers multiple search options as well as browsing by author, title, subject, and source.