Instructor’s Guide to the Course

The MLA International Bibliography offers a free five-unit course that helps students search more efficiently, understand their search results, and locate publications.

In what classes can I use the Online Course?

The Online Course is appropriate for any class covering topics in literature, linguistics, folklore, and the teaching of language and literature. Specifically, the course might be used as an instructional tool in first-year composition (and in introductory literature or linguistics classes, if time permits), and for remediation in intermediate and advanced courses outside the classroom.

What topics are covered?

Topics include search basics, the scope of the MLA International Bibliography, types of research that warrant the use of the bibliography, locating materials online and in the library, and techniques for restricting searches.

How do students register for the Online Course? 

Visit the main MLA International Bibliography Teaching Tools page for instructions and to obtain a login.

How can I use the MLA International Bibliography Teaching Tools in advanced undergraduate classes?

The Online Course is helpful for reviewing research skills outside the classroom. Also, advanced search techniques can help students research the history of scholarship on a particular topic or literary work (see the Scholarly Conversation and History of Scholarship assignments for ideas). Instructors may also find these techniques useful for introductory graduate classes.

How can I integrate the Online Course into my course’s grading scheme?

Students who complete the Online Course will receive a badge that they can then e-mail to instructors. (At this time, the course cannot be imported into other course management systems, including university-hosted Moodle courseware.) Receipt of the course completion badge indicates that the student has viewed each tutorial, answered and reviewed all of the progression questions, and scored 4/5 or better on each of the five quizzes.

Published 10 May 2017

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