Here are some suggestions to help you narrow down your searches:
- Use the AND drop-down menus in advanced search to combine terms (such as the author of your work and its title; the title of your work and a theme or concept; etc).
- Pay attention to the source types in your results. You are limited to scholarly books, scholarly essays, and scholarly journal articles. The first result in the example below is a dissertation, which you would not be able to use for your annotated bibliography. You can filter by source type in each of the databases on this guide.
- Use the date range options to narrow down results to sources that are more recent.
- Start with MLA International Bibliography first!
- After you've searched in MLAIB, you can supplement your searches with the other databases from your guide. For an idea of where to look for which source types, see below.
|Best Bets for Scholarly Journal Articles
||Best Bets for Scholarly Books
||Best Bets for Critical Essays
|MLA International Bibliography
||MLA International Bibliography
||Literature Resource Center
|Academic Search Complete
||Literature Criticism Online Archive
||Literary Reference Center