Finding Articles in MLA International Bibliography

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Greetings and welcome to this tutorial on how to find articles using MLA International Bibliography. You complete this tutorial by following the instructions in this box while working in the other window on your screen, which is a live webpage.

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1. Accessing the Database

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To access this database from the Library Homepage, click on the "databases" link that appears under the "featured links" heading.

Featured Links menu with database link highlighted

This will take you to an alphabetical listing of all our databases.  As MLA starts with the letter "m" click on that letter to take you to the m databases, now scroll down to the link titled "MLA Bibliography" and click on it.

If you are off-campus, you will be prompted to sign-in with your Bronco ID and Password.  As soon as you sign in, you will be granted access to the database.

1. Accessing the Database

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Clicking on this link takes you to the advanced search page for MLA International Bibliography. 

Before we worry about the search boxes, there are a few key limiters you should be aware of, so scroll down:

First, there is the "Scholarly (Peer Reviewed) Journals Limiter:

Peer reviewed limiter

This limiter make sure that everything in your search results comes from a Peer Reviewed scholarly journal.

Also useful is the publication date limiter, which can help you limit your results to works published within a certain date range (like the last 20 years).

Publication Date Limiter

There are other limiters available on the advanced search page that:

  • exclude dissertations
  • limit results to electronic publications
  • limit results only to materials the University Library has direct access to
  • limit results by language of publication
  • limit results based on the period in which the work was published.
All of these tools can help you refine your search results, depending on what you're looking for.

2. Search Boxes and Boolean Operators

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At the top of the page you have the search boxes.  You can search for multiple search terms at once by using more than one search box.  Next to the search boxes are the drop-down menus for the Boolean operators

Boolean operators drop down menu

Boolean operators tell the database how your search terms relate to each other.  To demonstrate, lets try the following test:

Type the following search terms into the top two search fields:

  • "Dickens"
  • "poverty"

Leave the boolean operator at the default setting of AND.

Click the search button

MLA International Bibliography search button

2. Search Boxes and Boolean Operators

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Now, scroll back up to the top of the page and click on the Boolean operator drop-down menu and select the OR operator and click search.

What did changing the Boolean Operator on your search from AND to OR do to your search results?

2. Search Boxes and Boolean Operators

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Ok, now let's see what happens when you set the Boolean operator from OR to NOT.  Scroll up to the search fields and reset the Boolean operator to NOT, then click search.

What did changing the Boolean operator from OR to NOT do to your search results

3. Searching for Articles

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Ok, having briefly reviewed the limiters and  experimented with the Boolean operators lets try a different search.  Click on the "Advanced Search" link under the search boxes to go back to the Advanced Search page

Advanced search link on MLA International Bibliography

In the top two search fields input "Orwell" and "totalitarianism" and connect them with the AND Boolean operator.

Now, scroll down and click on the Peer Reviewed limiter.

Finally, go to the Publication Date limiter and select everything published between October 2001 and this month.

Finally, click search.

3. Searching for Articles

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Ok, now click on the first title on your results page.

This will take you to the article record in this database. 

In the center of the screen is the citation information for this article, and sometimes there is an abstract, which describes what the article is about.

On the right hand side of the screen, under the heading "tools" will be a variety of tools that can help you cite this article, export it's citation data to a citation management system like Zotero, or email the citation and abstract to yourself or others.

EBSCO tools menu

3. Searching for Articles

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On the left hand side of the screen you will find either a link to PDF full text, or the "Find it" button.  If the find it button is present, we may or may not have access to this article in another of our databases.

Find it button

If you have a find it button, click on it (if not, skip the next page)

3. Searching for Articles

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Clicking on the find it button takes you into OneSearch.  If we have access to the article in another database, there will be a link for you to follow.  If we don't have access, there will be a link available inviting you to request the article via Document Delivery.

For information on how to request an article through the Document Delivery service, check out our Document Delivery tutorial.

3. Searching for Articles

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