Library Resources for Introduction to Shakespeare (ENG201-203)

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Finding Critical Essays for Assignments 

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Literature Resource Center
Includes more than 650,000 full-text articles, critical essays and reviews from over 300 scholarly journals and literary magazines. Also includes book reviews in the popular press. The default search is by author, title, and/or key word. After searching, click the "Literature Criticism" tab.



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JSTOR
JSTOR is a digital archive of journal content. Chemeketa has the archive collections Arts & Sciences I and Arts & Sciences III, comprising about 400 journals. The collections are strong in the humanities. For best results, click on the Advanced Search link and then choose Article under Item Type.

Academic OneFile [Gale]
Available through Gale, Academic OneFile includes full text for more thousands scholarly periodicals covering a wide variety of topics including literature.  bullet denoting emphasisAcademic OneFile indexes a journal called Shakespeare Quarterly, which Chemeketa owns in paper format.

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Reference Sources

Reference call numbers are given for printed books. If you are using the online resources from off campus, you will need your My Chemeketa user name and password.

An A-Z Guide to Shakespeare
Gives brief information on many people people and things associated with Shakespeare, e.g., actors, editions, artists, theaters.
Arts and Humanities Through the Eras
"Renaissance Europe 1300-1600: Theater" and "The Age of the Baroque and Enlightenment 1600-1800: Theater" include a chronologies of important events, articles on commercial theater in England, and biographical sketches.
Masterplots II: Drama Series [R 809.204 M39]
Organized alphabetically by title of play with Title and Author indexes in last volume. Short plot summaries and criticism; a good source to help one understand a play.
Critical Survey of Drama [R 809.2003 C86]
Volume 6 includes short introductions to Shakespeare's plays.
The Crown Guide to the World's Great Plays [R 809.2 Sh6]
Includes stage history of the plays.
Dictionary of Shakespeare
Entries on all aspects of Shakespeare.
Shakespeare's Sexual Language: A Glossary
Entries on the extensive sexual references of Shakespeare.
Music in Shakespeare: A Dictionary
Scholarly dictionary to musical terms used in the plays and poetry.
Oxford Companion to Shakespeare
An "authoritative guide to Shakespeare's plays and poems, and their interpretation around the world over the last four centuries. Special feature entries on every play are included."
Shakespeare A to Z (Encyclopedia of Shakespeare on spine and cover) [R 822.33 Gbo]
Nearly 1,000 entries on his life and works.
A Shakespeare glossary [R 822.33 Fo]
Explanations of words found in Shakespeare
The Shakespeare Handbook [R 822.33 Gsh]
Background, themes, and characters of the plays
Shakespeare for Students : Critical interpretations of As You Like It, Hamlet, Julius Caesar, Macbeth, The Merchant of Venice, A Midsummer Night's Dream, Othello, and Romeo and Juliet * [R 822.33 Gsha]
"Essential criticism" of the most-studied plays.
Shakespeare's Books: A Dictionary of Shakespeare Sources
Information on all the books which serve as sources of Shakespeare's plots and references.
Shakespeare's Comedies: Comprehensive Research and Study Guide
Plots, themes, and characters from Taming of the Shrew, Midsummer Night's Dream, Merhcant of Venice, As You Like It, and Twelfth Night.
Shakespeare's Legal Language: A Dictionary
B.J. and Mary Sokol are the authors of this book which includes the complex language of property ownership as well as other legal terms.
Shakespeare'sShakespeare's Military Language: A Dictionary
Explains the frequent and unfamiliar terminology of military rank, weapons, etc., used in Shakespeare.
Shakespeare's Non-Standard English: A Dictionary
Treats Shakeepare's non-formal or casual vocabulary and usage. By Norman Blake.
Shakespeare's Religious Language: A Dictionary
This dictionary by R. Chris Hassell deals with the figurative and literal refrences to religion in the plays.

 

Literary Dictionaries And Handbooks

These reference books will explain specialized literary terms that may be found in works of criticism. If you are using the online reference books from off campus, you will need your My Chemeketa user name and password.

Finding Books Or Audiovisual Materials In the Library Catalog

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Within the college district

You can use Subject or Keyword searches to find books on your topic. The catalog uses special subject headings, which may be found in detail in: R 025.49 L61 Library of Congress Subject Headings. (The headings are searchable online at Library of Congress Authorities.) The catalog is accessible off campus at http://library.chemeketa.edu/information/cataloghome.php.

Numerous Electronic books are available through to Chemeketa students. If you are using these resources from off campus, you will need your My Chemeketa user name and password.

If the material you want is not in Chemeketa's library

If what you want is not in the local system,

 

If you do not find what you need in Summit, ask your local librarian to request an interlibrary loan. That way the book you need can be sent from Chemeketa or another library for you to check out and use locally.

bulletSkip to ways to search for books, videos, etc., about Shakespeare in library catalogs

Outside the college district

If you live outside the college district, but in Oregon or Washington

Library catalogs use special subject headings, which may be found in detail online at Library of Congress Authorities.

If you do not live near a Summit library, you can

  • Search your local library catalog, or you can search in that of Chemeketa or a third library to find material you need
  • You will find all these options on the catalog page
  • If the material you want is not in your local library, ask your local librarian to request an interlibrary loan. That way the book you need can be sent from Chemeketa or another library for you to check out and use locally
  • A four-page guide to library research services for distant students contains more information on interlibrary loan.

Electronic books are available through to Chemeketa students NetLibrary. If you are using these resources from off campus, you will need your My Chemeketa user name and password.

Ways to Search for Books about Shakespeare in the Library Catalog:

Search TypeMethodExample
SubjectShakespeare's nameShakespeare, William, 1564-1616
SubjectShakespeare's name, then scroll to subdivision "Criticism and interpretation" Shakespeare, William, 1564-1616. -- Criticism and interpretation
SubjectShakespeare's name, then scroll down to subdivision by title of play Shakespeare, William, 1564-1616. -- Coriolanus
SubjectLibrary of Congress subject headingEnglish drama -- Early modern and Elizabethan, 1500-1600 -- History and criticism
KeywordShakespeare AND criticismShakespeare AND criticism
KeywordCombination of words from playwright's name and title of play and criticismShakespear* AND Romeo AND criticism

The asterisk (*) is a truncation character that tells the computer to return any word that begins with "Shakespear," such as Shakespeare, Shakespeare's, Shakespearean.

Performances

Ambrose Video has full-length performances of 14 Shakespeare plays in streaming video. If using from off campus, you will need your My Chemeketa user name and password.

Theatre in Video has full-length performances of a number of Shakespeare's plays in streaming video. If using from off campus, you will need your My Chemeketa user name and password.

MLA Style



MLA Style Reference Books



MLA handbook for writers of research papers [R 808.02 G35 2009]
The complete, official guide to MLA style.


MLA Style Web Sites



The OWL at Perdue: MLA Formatting and Style Guide - http://owl.english.purdue.edu/owl/resource/747/01/#resourcenav
Perdue University site with examples of MLA citations for different types of resources. Follows the 2009 edition of MLA Handbook.
Citing Sources from Online Databases - http://library.chemeketa.edu/instruction/citing.php
Chemeketa has prepared examples of articles in MLA format for you on this page.


Additional Web Sites

The Forest of Rhetoric: Silva rhetoricae - http://humanities.byu.edu/rhetoric/
A dictionary of figures of speech.
Perseus Renaissance Materials - http://www.perseus.tufts.edu/hopper/collection?collection=Perseus:collection:Renaissance&redirect=true#secondary1
Include an online version of C.T. Onions's Shakespeare glossary, a standard work, and several other works of reference on Shakespeare.
U Vic Writers' Guide - http://web.uvic.ca/wguide/Pages/StartHere.html
Click "index" for an alphabetical list of terms, or browse by categories

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Address of this page: http://library.chemeketa.edu/instruction/handouts/ENG201-203.php

Updated: 18 February 2014