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Scholarly Communications for the Humanities

An introduction to Table of Contents updates, creating RSS feeds, and other strategies for keeping up to date on articles, book reviews, and other forms of scholarly communications in the humanities.

Scope of Coverage

The MLA International Bibliography is the most comprehensive index for research works on literatures and languages. The database contains citations for secondary works in:

  • World literatures, including Africa, Asia, Australia, Europe, and North and South Americas
  • Folklore and folk art
  • Linguistics
  • Literary theory and criticism
  • Dramatic arts
  • History of printing and publishing
  • Rhetoric and composition

The MLA does NOT include works exclusively on classical Greek and Latin literatures or works on subjects like aesthetics, human behavior, communication, and information processes, except as they relate directly to human language or literature.


The majority of citations indexed by MLA are in English. But at least seventy other languages are represented, including French, Spanish, German, Russian, Japanese, Portuguese, Norwegian, and Turkish.

Dates of Coverage

The MLA contains citations from 1926 to the present.

Full-Text Access

MLA is primary an index and contains only some full-text articles. If you need the full text of a citation that isn't available in the database, click on the Discover button icon to search all Library holdings for its location in another database and/or in the Library catalog:

If you have questions, don't hesitate to Ask a Librarian for help!