The Modern Language Association International Bibliography (MLA International Bibliography or MLAIB) is best and most important starting place for critical journals articles about all genres of literature. The Marquette Libraries offer access to MLAIB via two database platforms--ProQuest and Literature Online (LION). MLAIB covers more than 4,000 journals, plus books, book essays, and dissertations back to the 1920s.
Literature Online (LION). In addition to an index to critical articles, LION contains texts (more than 300,000 full text poems, drama, short stories, etc. ) and author biographies and bibliographies, plus the complete contents of MLA International Bibliography and the Annual Bibliography of English Language and Literature (ABELL) from 1926 to present. In addition to the complete indexes, links are provided to the full text of hundreds of journals.
From the LION home screen, click on "Criticism & Reference" in the left column; then select "Criticism" on the next screen; the resulting search screen will allow a combined search of MLAIB and ABELL. If a citation doesn't provide a link to full text option, be sure to use the Findit@MU icon to search MARQCAT for journals, books, and chapters not included in LION.
The Libraries subscribe to hundreds of literature journals in digital format. To review e-journal holdings, check MARQCAT subject: English language and literature e-journals.
Check MARQCAT by the journal's title to connect to online issues and tables of contents. Many of the current e-journals will provide tables of contents by e-mail or RSS. See for example: Callaloo, Postmodern Culture, or Shakespeare Quarterly.
Google Scholar provides a broad search of diverse scholarly literature--papers, theses, books, and articles, presented in a weighted relevancy ranking. Advanced Search Tips
Two common ways to find out if the Libraries have access to the articles you need:
Click on in the article citation. Another window / tab opens with two possible options:
The MARQCAT record will indicate what years we have in print and/or online, providing call number locations for the print and links to the e-journal. Once at the e-journal, navigate to the volume, issue and page that you need.
Didn't find the article/journal using Find it @MU or MARQCAT? Request the article through Interlibrary Loan (ILL) by clicking on the link at the bottom of the Find it @MU window or tab. Learn more about ILL here.
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