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MLA and Humanities International

Remember to limit your results by language before you begin searching.

You may also limit your search to "Full Text" or "Linked Full Text," but that may greatly decrease your results. If you choose NOT to limit your results in this way, remember that it may take up to 7-10 days for you to receive your requested articles.

Regardless of the language of the article, all of the subject headings are in English. Abstracts may be provided in both English and Spanish. Therefore, if you search in Spanish, you will be "free-searching" the text of the article and possibly the abstract. If you search in English, you will be searching the subject headings (or key words) and possibly the text of the abstract. The former will be a much more focused search.

You may search both MLA and Humanities International at the same time, but it will keep you from narrowing by subject term effectively.


Remember to switch to Advanced Search as soon as you open JSTOR.

Remember to limit your results by language before you being searching. Also limit your results to articles.

Because JSTOR searches the full text of documents, you must search in Spanish in order to retrieve articles in Spanish.

"Search within these results" is the best way to narrow your search. When using this feature, delete everything in the search box and add your new terms. It's scary, but it works.

JSTOR emails from off-campus

When JSTOR emails you a citation they send a permalink TO the article rather than an attachment OF the article. If you're on campus, that link will work perfectly. If you're off campus, you will need to attach the following URL prefix:

For example, this is the information you get from JSTOR:




Title: Public Occurrences

Source: The Belfast Monthly Magazine, Vol. 2, No. 7 (Feb. 28, 1809), pp. 149-154

Publisher(s): Belfast Monthly Magazine

Stable URL:


In order to access the article, copy and paste first the URL prefix and then the stable URL into your browser. It should look like this:

When you access the link with the prefix attached, you should get a login page. Once you've logged in (using the same username and password that you use to log on to the library computers), you should be able to access your article in full-text.

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MLA Citation Cheat Sheet

Though MLA and Humanities International provide citations that are USUALLY correct, they are not infalliable. Additionally, JSTOR does not supply MLA formatted citations.

Please double check any citations that you receive or copy from a database against the MLA cheat sheet below!

Using Other Libraries

Use Worldcat to search for books in other libraries. Be sure to limit your search by language, and limit your results to Books. Click "Borrow this item from another library" to fill out an interlibrary loan request.

As a Cabrini College student, you are able to other libraries with which we are affiliated, namely SEPCHE and TCLC institutions. TCLC schools require a Letter of Introduction, but it is in your best interest to take a letter to any of these schools. A Letter of Introduction can be obtained by stopping in at the library or emailing: