Some databases will include the full-text of articles, but others will include the button which links to full-text when available and if not available, gives you the option to request articles for free through Interlibrary Loan's ILLiad service.
Keep track: Keep a list of the databases and search terms you used, that way you'll know what you already tried and where you had success!
Quotation marks: “Dragonfly Sea” searches for the phrase Dragonfly Sea. Searching without quotation marks will search for Dragonfly and Sea anywhere in the record..
Asterisk: Africa* searches for Africa, African, Africans, Africanisms, etc.
Question mark: wom?n searches for women and woman
The MLA International Bibliography offers many specialized search options, including the following.
Browse Authors (Quickly find all of the articles in MLA that are about a specific author.)
Browse Works (Quickly find all of the articles in MLA that are about a specific work.)
MLA Thesaurus (Use to find articles in MLA about a specific subject, literary technique, etc.)