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MLA International Bibliography Ref P 1 .A1 M52 Index Table
Although used as an index it really is a bibliography; therefore the arrangement may be confusing, making this valuable resource difficult to use. Information is arranged under headings for the literature of specific countries and within those, by century (i.e., 1900-1999 or Twentieth Century). To find information on a particular author and a particular work, first locate the section for the author's national origin; once found, locate the appropriate time period.
e.g. ERNEST HEMINGWAY
AMERICAN LITERATURE, 1900-1999
Once the correct section is located, material will be arranged as follows:
- general information about the literature during that period
- sections dealing with different genres
- an alphabetical listing of authors' names for that period of time
In volumes prior to 1981, material under the authors will be arranged alphabetically by the name of the author of the article. To find articles for a specific work, one must look at the titles of the articles to see whether they include a work, character, or theme in a work. In volumes after 1981, subheadings will be provided for an author's work by genre & title.
e.g. NOVEL/"A FAREWELL TO ARMS"
This grouping facilitates the location of information concerning a specific work. Record all pertinent information, keeping in mind that the MLA bibliography contains citations for both books and periodicals.
Citations for books will appear as follows:  Gakdusek, Robert E. "The Ritualization of Death and Rebirth: The Reconstruction of Frederic Henry." 133-42 in Lewis, Robert W., ed. Hemingway in Italy and Other Essays. New York: Praeger; 1990 215pp. [Treatment of death; rebirth]
This citation includes the following information:
[number] Author. "Title of essay." page numbers "in" Author/editor of book. Title of Book. Place of publication: Publisher; Date of Publication. Total number of pages [abstract].
To locate essays in books, check the title of the book in the Author/Title portion of the card catalog. Prior to 1981, some works that appeared in analyzed collections and books that were "Festschriften" (i.e., written in honor of an individual(s)) were cited as follows:
 Rao, E. Nageswara. "Hemingway and the American Tradition." [F 52] 61-64.
The [F 52] is an entry number in a list in the front of the bibliography entitled, "Festschriften and other Analyzed Collections". The entry under that number will reveal full citation for the book containing that essay.
Journal articles are entered in the following manner:
 Miller, D. Quentin. "`In the Late Summer of That Year': The Problem of Time in A Farewell to Arms." HN. 1991 Spring; 10(2): 61-64 [ Treatment of time.]
The information contained in the citation is as follows:
[Entry number] Author of article. "Title of Article." Acronym for Journal Title. Issue date; volume (issue number): page numbers [abstract]
For journal articles, remember to consult the "Master List of Acronyms" located in the front of the bibliography to obtain the full journal title (e.g., HN The Hemingway Review). Note that some citations will include references to the acronym "DAI" and appear to be journal citations by their format. These are located in Dissertation Abstracts International. These are merely citations to summaries of doctoral dissertations; generally one short paragraph is used to summarize 400-600 pages of material. It is not an article and cannot be considered as research or totally representative of the information contained in the work itself.