Valuable Full-Text Content for Research

Users gain access to the MLA’s essential database, free online teaching tools and a deep full-text collection that includes backfiles to the first issue for dozens of full-text journals. 

The active, full-text, non-open access journal retail value (USD) of MLA International Bibliography with Full Text is $237,487.66. See the list of all full-text titles

In addition to the full-text journal collection, MLA International Bibliography with Full Text includes all the content and features of the MLA International Bibliography, including:

  • Expert indexing by MLA staff and contributing scholars
  • Citations to more than 6,000 actively indexed journals and book series
  • More than 3 million detailed bibliographic citations documenting the scholarly record from the late 19th century to the present
  • International coverage encompassing scholarly publications in more than 70 languages
  • The MLA Thesaurus and the MLA Directory of Periodicals
  • An extensive suite of free instructional resources
  • Indexing of book chapters

See the list of all journal titles indexed in the MLA International Bibliography. 


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

The 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.