Shakespeare's Comedies and Romances

Course #: EN233

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

B) Definitions

  • 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

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.