Searching the MLA International Bibliography by Field

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 Vendors of the Bibliography
Field Definition Example CSA EBSCO Thomson
Gale
OCLC ProQuest
Accession number
A unique number that identifies a specific document 2003872749 AN AN RN NO  
Author
of document
The name of the person who wrote the document Stanton, Domna AU AU AU AU Article
author
Date of
publication
Year and month when an article was published 2004 Winter (Check vendor for format.) PD   DA PD  
Degree-granting
institution
For dissertations published in 1991+, the place of study for the doctoral degree Emory   DS   IN  
Degree year For dissertations published in 1991+, the year the degree was granted 2003   DS   DY  
Dissertation abstract number For dissertations published in 1991+, the unique number that identifies a specific doctoral dissertation DA3111457   DS      
DOI Digital
object identifier
10.163200308120
5X36804
DO        
Editor The name of the editor of a book Smith, Jeremy ED ED      
Electronic comment Where the document can be found on the Internet            
Field Definition Example CSA EBSCO Thomson
Gale

OCLC ProQuest
Folklore topic Subject in folklore studies addressed in the document ethnomusicology   FK     Folklore topic
Genre Literary genre addressed in the document science fiction Genre GC GE GE Genre
ISBN International Standard Book Number 0-87352-913-8 (Some vendors require you to eliminate hyphens.) IB IB IB SN ISBN
ISSN International Standard Serial Number 0030-8129
(Some vendors require you to eliminate hyphens.)
IS IS IS PV
SN
ISSN
Journal
issue
Number of the issue 3 JI IP     Publication details
Journal name Name of the publication PMLA SO SO JN SO Journal
Journal paging First page of an article 234 JP PG
SP
    Publication details
Journal volume Number of the volume 71 JV VI   SO Journal volume; Publication details
Keyword Word found anywhere in the record realism KW   KE KW Keyword
Field Definition Example CSA EBSCO Thomson
Gale

OCLC ProQuest
Language as subject Language the document is about French language   SL     Subject language
Language of document Language the document was written in English language     LN Language of publication
Linguistics topic Subject in linguistics addressed in the document phonetics   LN     Linguistics topic
Literary influence Person or thing that has been influenced by the subject defined in the classification feminist poets         Literary influence
Literary source Person or thing that has influenced the subject defined in the classification Bible         Literary source
Literary theme Theme addressed in the document
cowboy   GT TH   Literary theme
Literary work Work of literature discussed in the document Lord of the Rings   NW     Author's work
Literature topic Subject in literary studies addressed in the document Arthurian legend         Literature topic
Location Geographic subject of the document Australia       GC Place
Field Definition Example CSA EBSCO Thomson
Gale
OCLC ProQuest
Medium (performance medium) as subject Film, theater, opera, television, or radio as subject of the document film   MD     Performance medium
Named person Person who is the subject of the document Morrison, Toni   SA NA NA Author as subject
National literature Broadest literary classification
Turkish literature         National literature
Notes Miscellaneous information about the document     NT   NT Notes
Peer-reviewed Selection indicating whether each article in a journal is reviewed by experts   [Peer-reviewed check box] [Peer-reviewed check box] [Refereed check box] [Peer-reviewed menu choice] [Peer-reviewed check box]
Place of publication Where a book was published London, England
New York, NY
PL PB   PL  
Publication type The document's type--book (monograph, collection of essays, or article within), journal article, or dissertation abstract journal article PT Publication type DT DT [Limit-to check box]
Publisher Publisher of a book Cambridge UP PB PB [includes all publisher details, such as place, series name] PB PB Publisher [includes all publisher details, such as place, series name]
Field Definition Example CSA EBSCO Thomson
Gale
OCLC ProQuest
Series name Full name of a book series Cambridge Applied Linguistics Series SO SE   SE Series title
Source (book or journal) All information about a journal or book Arizona Quarterly SO     SO  
Subject
heading
Controlled-vocabulary word, name, or phrase that describes what the document is about ethnic stereotypes DE SU SU DS
SU
Subjects--all
Table of contents Titles of the chapters in book by a single author Revolution of Collective Memory TB TC   TC  
Time period (as subject) Span of one or several hundred years as appropriate to the subject 1900-1999 Time Period TM     Period
Title of book chapter Title of a chapter or article in a book collection       Chapter's book title CB  
Title of book collection Title of a book by multiple authors, each of whom contributed an essay or chapter Traditional Belief and Folklore in Early Modern Europe   BT     Collection title
Title of book monograph Title of a book by a single author Hungarian Cinema MT        
Title of book or article Title of the indexed document
Werewolf Literature TI TI TI TI Title
Update code When the document was added to the database 200101 UD     UD Update code
Year of publication Year when the document was published 2004 PY     YR Publication year
Field Definition Example CSA EBSCO Thomson
Gale
OCLC ProQuest
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