The primary database for conducting research on literature and related areas is the MLA International Bibliography (MLAIB). It indexes books, articles, and websites on literary theory and criticism, dramatic arts (film, radio, television, theater), folklore, and the history of printing and publishing. Book reviews are not included.
OU subscribes to the MLAIB through EBSCO, so the interface may look familiar to you. However, the database has certain unique features.
The Modern Language Association has created several tutorials to help you use the bibliography.
The Annual Bibliography of English Language and Literature (ABELL) indexes literary scholarship published from 1920 to the present, with some records going back to 1892. The database lists monographs, periodical articles, critical editions of literary works, book reviews, collections of essays, and doctoral dissertations published around the world. Although there is overlap with the MLAIB, there are also some unique citations.
Things to note about ABELL: