English 330: Introduction to Renaissance Studies
Professor Rebecca Bushnell
MLA Bibliography Exercise
Due: March 25
The Modern Language Association (MLA) Bibliography gives a listing of
scholarship written on literature,languages, linguistics and folklore, in
books and journals. It exists in two forms: a book form and an on-line
version. The on-line version covers material from 1963 to the present;
look at the book version for earlier material. The books are found in the
Van Pelt Reference section. The on-line version can be found in the
library's menu/web page (or use links provided below). Once you log in,
you can search by subject, author, and sources, with date and language
- You will choose a subject from among the texts we have read so far:
Duchess of Malfi, Astrophil and Stella, Twelfth Night
or King Lear (or pick your own, with the instructor's
- Dial-in to the MLA, and choose a subject search (su:). [Connect to MLA database
(through PennLIN). NOTE: You will be asked to enter your Social Security
- Then put limits on your subject search to works written in English
and after 1990.
- Look at what is left and choose the one items that interests you the
most: write down all information.
- Using Franklin, find this item in the library and read it. [Connect to Franklin.]
- Write up a description of the content of the article and offer some
evaluation or criticism of the article.
Your exercise will be included in your grade; it will be evaluated for
its clarity and thoroughness.