InfoTrac is a great source for Literary Information. Since it is published by Gale,
who publishes many of the
literary reference books we have, there may be overlap between
what you find in this database and
what you find in the print literary reference. If you search
EBSCOhost's Academic Search Complete, you may
also have some overlap in what you find.
So be alert! Once you click on InfoTrac, click the proceed button, then click on any of
the first four
databases. You should get to the following screen:
Type the title of your play in the search box, and then click the radio button by
Name of Work underneath the
search box. (Alternatively, you can type the name
of the author, and click radio button by Person By or About.)
Once you do that,
you'll get a screen something like this:
Note the tabs across the top in the above image. The first tab, which is the active one in this
screen shot, shows that there
are 44 articles that are literary criticism. You are seeing the
list of the first four of those articles. The next
tabs show that there are 12 articles that
are biographical, 7 that are topic and work overviews, etc. You can
click on any of
those tabs and get the specific articles.
Note that the citation for your work cited page is at the bottom of each article if you choose
to print them individually.
Pay attention to the tool box on the right. That tool box gives you
options to print preview it, and that is how you
should print it-- to save ink, paper, and
eliminated extraneaous information. It will also give you options to download it, or to
download as an mp3 file to listen to on an mp3 player.
You should choose the MLA 2009 style, if you have the option. You can also mark individual
articles (or all of them) to print or download the articles and their citations all at once. To get
the citations, click on citation tools in the Tools box. Then click on Save.
(The default view
Click Save or Open on the next pop up box.
The MLA Citation will look like this--remember, it's the old MLA style:
The new 2009 MLA style would just italicize the underlined titles, indicate the medium of
publication (Web in this instance)
and, unless your professor requires it, or it is required to
actually find the information, you don't need to include
the web address. In the case of
databases like InfoTrac, including the actual URL does nothing to help the user
article...it's just a link to the database. This would be a good example of a URL that is
Here's what the citation would look like in the new MLA style:
There is a link to additional citation information at the Drama Menu.