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MLA International Bibliography

The MLA International Bibliography is a subject index for books, articles and websites published on modern languages, literatures, folklore, and linguistics. It is produced by the Modern Language Association (MLA), an organization dedicated to the study and teaching of language and literature. The electronic version of the Bibliography dates back to 1925 and contains over 2 million citations from more than 4,400 periodicals (including peer-reviewed e-journals) and 1,000 book publishers. It is compiled by the staff of the MLA Department of Bibliographic Information Services with the cooperation of more than 100 contributing bibliographers in the United States and abroad. Such international coverage is represented by literature from Africa, Asia, Australia, Europe, and North and South America, and while the majority of records are from English-language publications, at least sixty other languages are represented including French, Spanish, German, Russian, Portuguese, Norwegian, and Swedish.

The database also has an identifiable subset of more than 100,000 records that constitute the JSTOR subfile. This consists of citation records for documents in JSTOR's Language and Literature Collection as well as relevant articles from their Asian Studies collection. The documents date back as far as 1881 and contain direct links to the full-text articles on the JSTOR website, available to subscribers of JSTOR.

Subscription to the MLA International Bibliography also includes access to the MLA Directory of Periodicals database. Full text links to Project Muse journal and ProQuest Digital Dissertations are also included in this database.

Subject Coverage
    Major areas of coverage include:
    • 200+ National literatures
    • History and theory of linguistics
    • Comparative linguistics
    • Semantics
    • Stylistics
    • Syntax
    • Translation
    • Teaching of language
    • Literary theory and criticism
    • Dramatic arts (film, radio, television, theater)
    • History of printing and publishing
    • Teaching of literature
    • Rhetoric and composition
    • Folk literature
    • Folk music
    • Folk art
    • Rituals
    • Belief systems
Dates of Coverage
    1923 - current
Update Frequency
    Nine times per year; with over 66,000 records added annually.
    Over 0 records as of April 2013
Print Equivalent
    MLA International Bibliography (annual)
Sample Record
    TI: Title
    Beim Propheten: Portrait und Ideologie in Thomas Manns Frühwerk
    AU: Author
    Elsaghe, Yahya

    Neophilologus, vol. 88, no. 3, pp. 417-27, July 2004.

    IS: ISSN
    DE: Descriptors
    German literature; 1900-1999; Mann, Thomas (1875-1955); Beim Propheten; fiction; by men writers; treatment of women; relationship to Reventlow, Fanny, Gräfin zu (1871-1918)
    NT: Notes
    English summary.
    LA: Language
    PY: Publication Year
    PT: Publication Type
    Journal Article
    PE: Peer Reviewed
    UD: Update
    AN: Accession Number
Field Codes
    AN = Accession Number LA = Language
    AU = Author MT = Monograph Title
    DA = Dissertation Number NT = Notes
    DE = Descriptors PB = Publisher
    DG = Degree Information PD = Publication Date
    DO = DOI PE = Peer Reviewed
    ED = Editor PL = Publication Location
    IB = ISBN PM = Publication Month
    IS = ISSN PT = Publication Type
    JA = Journal Abbreviation PY = Publication Year
    JI = Journal Issue RL = Resource Location
    JN = Journal Name SF = Subfile
    JP = Journal Pages SO = Source
    JS = Journal Supplement TB = Table of Contents
    JV = Journal Volume TI = Title
    KW = Keywords UD = Update