A) First steps & hints
- Your OneCard is your library card. New cards should be automatically registered.
- You will be asked to log in when accessing paid resources from off campus.
- Start early: leave time to request books from other libraries
- Keep track of where you look and the keywords you use
- Oxford English Dictionary
- the most comprehensive English dictionary (20 volumes in paper)
- traces the history of word meanings through quotations
- Oxford Reference
- for "who is..." "what is..." questions
- use quotation marks for phrases. eg. "mystery plays"
- limit "by availability" to "unlocked" and "free"
- Oxford Bibliographies
- discover books with information on your topic. Sample search: "incongruity theory"
- to check if Laurier has the book, click on "find this resource," then "get it @ Laurier"
C) Find books
Note: We have a great many books on Shakespeare and his plays. Hints for narrowing your search:
- Search the Primo library catalogue
- use the "Books" tab
- try limiting your search to "Subject": eg. "As you like it" Shakespeare
- try limiting to "Title" keywords: eg. Shakespeare comedy
- where are Laurier's books? see Floor Plans
- look nearby on the shelves for similar books
- check tables of contents, indexes, for your topics
- need books delivered to Laurier? click on "locations & requests"
- Requesting items from other libraries (RACER = interlibrary loans)
D) Find articles
- The following databases are useful for critical articles on Shakespeare and his works:
- Know the title of the article you want?
E) Other sources
- Early English Books Online (EEBO)
- full text books published 1475 to 1700
- all the titles are indexed within Primo, but you can search across the full text within EEBO itself
- Historical Abstracts
- identifies articles, books and book chapters about historical topics from 1450 to the present
- limit search to English language
Having problems? Don't hesitate to contact me: email, call (519-884-0710 x3384), drop in, or make an appointment. My office, L3-312, is one floor up from the main floor of the Library on the Waterloo campus. Come up the stairs, then walk straight ahead.