Broad Subject Coverage for Comprehensive Research

MLA International Bibliography covers a broad range of humanities subjects, including world languages and literatures, linguistics, dramatic arts, film, folklore, rhetoric and writing studies, teaching of language, and history of publishing. Its expansive scope also makes it an excellent resource for research in history, philosophy, communications, and cross-disciplinary subjects such as gender studies and area studies.

Coverage is international, encompassing scholarly publications in more than 70 languages. Numerous full-text links provide easy access to resources in the library as well as open access publications.


The MLA International Bibliography is the go-to resource for research in literature, linguistics, and language, making this database essential for institutions that support academic programs in these areas.

Library Journal

MLA Thesaurus

The MLA Thesaurus is the controlled vocabulary of more than 675,000 subject terms, names and works used in indexing the materials listed in the bibliography. It was developed by the MLA and is continually revised and expanded to reflect current terminology in its disciplines.

The MLA Directory of Periodicals

The MLA Directory of Periodicals provides detailed records for journals and book series published in the bibliography’s areas of coverage. It is a valuable resource for scholars seeking outlets to publish their work as well as for librarians working to identify periodical publications that best meet their institutions’ needs.

Instructional Resources

A Free Online Course: Understanding the MLA International Bibliography
The MLA has developed a free, self-grading online mini-course that helps students develop transferable skills in searching effectively, understanding their search results, and locating publications.

Each unit contains a lesson presented in one or two tutorial videos, questions that reinforce the lessons and require active participation through database searching, and a quiz. Students receive completion badges to share with their instructors.

Teaching Resources for Integrating the Bibliography into Class Curricula
The MLA Style Center offers tools for teaching research and information literacy, including lesson plans, assignments, and an instructor’s guide to integrating the online course into class curricula. Instructors can submit additional teaching resources for potential publication on The MLA Style Center.

Tutorial Videos in Multiple Languages
The MLA provides short tutorial videos that help users make the most of the bibliography’s rich metadata and its advanced searching and filtering features. New and updated tutorials are released throughout the year.