Use databases to find articles.
Articles in scholarly journals are part of a scholarly conversation.
In databases, look for:
Older editions of the MLA handbook are also available. Many databases still use the 7th edition. OWL uses the 8th edition. Note the differences! Be consistent.
MLA 7th Edition: Falk, Cynthia G. "'The Intolerable Ugliness Of New York': Architecture And Society In Edith Wharton's The Age Of Innocence." American Studies 42.2 (2001): 19-43. MLA International Bibliography. Web. 19 Jan. 2017.
MLA 8th Edition: Falk, Cynthia G. "'The Intolerable Ugliness Of New York': Architecture And Society In Edith Wharton's The Age Of Innocence." American Studies, vol. 42, no. 2, 2001, pp. 19-43. EBSCO, http://www.jstor.org/stable/40643250. Accessed 19 Jan. 2017.
Find one good item? Look at its item record to see if there are Subject Terms. These group material by together by topic which can yield more precise results.
Sample subject terms:
The names of authors and literary works can also be Subject Searches. Put an author's last name first and select Subject in the first drop-down.
Searching by subject in CBBcat can lead to a further list of sub-divisions. These can be helpful in focusing your research.
Check the notes, references and bibliographies of every relevant article or book. You may discover a book or article perfect for your topic. One good source can lead to another!