The Modern Language Association Releases 'Literary Topics'

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The Modern Language Association (MLA) is pleased to announce the release of 'Literary Topics', the fifth subject-area module for use in conjunction with our free teaching resource Understanding the MLA International Bibliography: A Free Online Course. The other four subject modules are 'Film, Television, and Radio', 'Folklore', 'Linguistics', and 'Rhetoric and Composition'. Students should complete the online course first, as the subject modules build on the general database search skills taught in the course.  

The 'Literary Topics' module provides detailed guidance on performing searches on specific literary works and authors as well as on broad topics. The module also contains sections on understanding search results, using the MLA Thesaurus, and how to search for scholarship that uses particular theoretical approaches or methods of analysis. 

The course usually takes students around 90 minutes to complete, and the 'Literary Topics' module takes around 45 minutes. Both are asynchronous learning objects that can be done at students’ convenience online. Progress is saved, and students receive digital badges to certify their completion of the course and the subject module. Students can sign up for the course and module at Only an email address is required to register. Students will need access to the MLA International Bibliography through their library’s website to complete all aspects of the course. An instructor’s guide is available at

To request a free trial of the MLA International Bibliography with Full Text on EBSCOhost® or EBSCO Discovery Service™, please contact your EBSCO representative, or visit