ENGLISH R1B: Writing and Controversy

Finding Literary Criticism using MLA

Search Tips:

connectors: use AND, OR, NOT to combine your search terms appropriately
truncation: creat* will search the variations create, creation, creating, creature, etc.
wildcard: wom?n will search for women or woman

fields: to narrow your search, limit your searches to specific fields in the records

author as subject: use this field to list material where an author is the primary subject. Enter an author name in the Author as Subject box in this format: last name, first name. e.g. Shelley, Mary

language of publication: MLAIB is an international database, so limiting your search results to items written in English may be helpful


  • MLA International Bibliography
    Indexes journal articles, series, monographs, dissertations, bibliographies, proceedings and other materials supporting critical scholarship on literature, language, linguistics, and folklore. Sponsored by the Modern Language Association.

General Article Databases

Databases are collections of thousands of articles (and often book chapters, book reviews, conference proceedings, dissertations, and other items) organized by subject. The Libraries have hundreds of databases covering every academic discipline. Some are multi-disciplinary, covering a broad range of subjects and including popular and scholarly sources, and others are subject-specific, and include scholarly and specialized articles. A complete list is available at Find Articles.

The following multi-disciplinary databases are good places to start your research:

  • Academic Search Complete
    A multidisciplinary index to articles in more than 10,900 journals.
  • Google Scholar
    Lists journal articles, books, preprints, and technical reports in many subject areas (though more specialized article databases may cover any given field more completely). Some listings include links to related articles and to other sources that cite the item. Includes content from free resources (such as ArXiv.org and university websites) as well as subscription resources (such as electronic journals from selected publishers). Use the UC-eLinks option, when available, to find the UCB access to a publication.
    Includes over 1000 scholarly journals with access to more than 2 million articles. JSTOR is an archive which means that current issues (generally the most recent 3-5 years) of the journals are not yet available.
  • Project MUSE
    Several hundred scholarly journals in the humanities and social sciences. Topics include literature and criticism, history, the visual and performing arts, cultural studies, education, political science, gender studies, economics and many others.
Last Update: May 22, 2013 10:55 | Tagged with: Jocelyn Rodal