Literature Online Bibliography

Broad Subject Coverage for Comprehensive Research

MLA International Bibliography covers literature, language and linguistics, folklore, film, literary theory and criticism, dramatic arts, as well as the historical aspects of printing and publishing. Listings on rhetoric and composition and the history, theory and practice of teaching language and literature are also included.

Coverage is international and includes titles and full-text links from online publishers including JSTOR, Project MUSE, Wiley-Blackwell and Taylor & Francis.

MLA Thesaurus

In addition to the bibliography, the database includes the MLA Directory of Periodicals, the association's proprietary thesaurus used to assign descriptors to each record in the bibliography. It also provides a proprietary, searchable directory of noted authors' names with links to brief descriptive notes.


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The MLA International Bibliography is an essential tool for research in all aspects of modern languages and literature. Available as a searchable online database of more than 2.8 million records and constantly updated by scholars in the field, the bibliography is used by academics and teachers around the world to find and share their work. Students at all levels rely on the bibliography to lead them to the journals, books, Web sites, and other publications they need to succeed in their research projects.

In addition to the bibliography, a subscription to the database includes

  • the MLA Directory of Periodicals—a valuable resource for scholars seeking outlets to publish their work and for librarians working to identify periodical publications that best meet their institutions’ needs. The directory includes publication details, submission requirements, and subscription information for thousands of journals and series in the MLA’s core subject areas.

  • the MLA Bibliography Thesaurus—a searchable and browsable controlled vocabulary that enables users to identify terminology appearing in current scholarship and to create more precise searches.

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Using the MLA International Bibliography

Learn how to use the MLA International Bibliography, MLA Directory of Periodicals, and MLA Thesaurus to support your research and publishing with step-by-step guides and tutorial videos created by members of the MLA staff.

Submitting Work

Creating a comprehensive and up-to-date bibliography is an ongoing process. If you know of a relevant publication not yet included in the bibliography, please submit the publication to us for inclusion. We accept publications by mail, by e-mail, and through our online submission form.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Get answers to the most frequently asked questions about the MLA Bibliography, MLA Directory of Periodicals, and MLA Thesaurus.


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