Welcome to the Research Guide for your course on Shakespeare. The suggested databases are available linked from here and from the Electronic Resources section of the library home page. Print resources are available in the PHC on-campus collection or by mail to distance learning members of the PHC community. You may check out the location and availability of an item in the on-campus collection through the online catalog, Voyager, accessed here and through the library home page.
Professional library assistance is available on campus, by phone at 540-441-8400, or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org .
Note: The PHC collection contains a number of valuable resources by Shakespeare and relating to his plays and poetry. You may search by subject or browse the collection in the PR 2800 through PR 3000 call number range. Some audio recordings and DVD's of Shakespeare plays are also available, including three versions of Hamlet. Please see the catalog for details.
EBooks provides immediate access to thousands of full text books by and about Shakespeare that can be viewed immediately on your computer. Books containing historical background and context, as well as literary criticsm are available here.
The Literary Reference Center is an extensive, full text reference database with information combined from literary reference works, journals, and books. A search here is sure to bring results on any of a variety of literary topics. Please access this database through the Electronic Resources / Literature Research section from the library home page.
MLA Bibliography is a resource for researching literature and language topics, including literary criticism. The site provides indexes, essay collections, working papers, proceedings, dissertations, and bibliographies. Please access this database through the Electronic Resources / Literature Research section from the library home page.
Shakespeare Quarterly (Print: 2001-present, online 1950-present)
Shakespeare Studies (Online 1975-present)
British Library Shakespeare in Quarto provide digital images of these single play editions giving insights into the original works. Did you know that King Lear was titled, not as a drama or tragedy, but as a "true chronicle of historie" or the 1603 quarto version reads the line from Hamlet as, "To be or not to be, I, there is the point."
Royal Shakepeare Company provides background information on his life, political developments, contemporaries, influences, as well as, video clips of various productions, such as Macbeth and Romeo and Juliet.
Archive.org provides access to online scholarly works, such as Queen Elizabeth and her times: a series of unedited personal correspondence, Elizabethan Playhouse, and Government Regulation of Elizabethan Drama.
MIT offers access to the complete works of Shakespeare including plays and poetry, online and without commentary.
Palomar is a vast portal to information - quite a bit of everything: literary criticism, source materials, Biblical references, Elizabethan costuming, reviews of performances, and more. Palomar also links to scholarly discussions of intent and thematic design.
Search the catalog using the following Library of Congress subject headings:
Shakespeare, William, 1564-1616
English drama--Early modern and Elizabethan, 1500-1600--History and criticism.
Check with the professor for the preferred citation style. Information on proper Turabian citation is available in the PHC collection and online at OWL (Online Writing Lab).
Created: Gladden, 2008. Revised: Dr. Bonnie Libby/Thornhill, 2010, 2011. Updated: Thornhill, 2013.