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Finding Scholarly Sources on Comics and Graphic Novels

Use MRU’s LibrarySearch (main search box, library homepage).

  • Try this basic search for "graphic novels" OR "comic books"
  • Add terms to the search that describe your topic/character/comic

    • e.g., women, superheroes, criticism, history, 1970s, etc.

  • Not all characters/comics/themes/issues will have been studied, so you may need to improvise. Be prepared to broaden and narrow your search terms as needed.

Or search directly in any of the recommended databases listed below.

Other Useful Resources

Background Information

Citing comics in MLA style (9th ed.)

The MLA Handbook (9th ed.) has two examples for how to cite comics:

  • Clowes, Daniel. David Boring. Eightball, no. 19, Fantagraphics, 1998.
  • Superman: Birthright. By Marc Waid, illustrated by Leinil Francis Yu, inked by Gerry Alanguilan, colored by Dave McCaig, DC Comics, 2005.

See also MLA's guidance on citing specific panels in a comic.