Shakespeare's Comedies and Romances: Gender and Genre

Course #: EN233-BR

Finding books about Shakespeare and his works

  • Search Laurier’s Primo library catalogue for books on your topic. The default search is both books and articles so choose the “books” tab if you want to eliminate articles
  • You can start with broad keywords (e.g. “As You Like It”) and then narrow down your results by clicking on one of the “refine your results” links on the left-hand side of the screen
  • For example, you can click on the subtopic “women in literature”
  • You can also limit your results to the Brantford campus and/or books published within a specific time frame (e.g. works published after 2000)
  • For works written by Shakespeare, change the dropdown option from “full record” to “author”
  • For works written about Shakespeare, change “full record” to “subject”
  • TIP: If you want criticism about a play, you may find a chapter in a book about the author rather than an entire book devoted to a single novel

Find eBooks

  • Laurier's eBooks are just as scholarly as our print books
  • They are available 24/7 from anywhere with an Internet connection
  • Some of our ebooks can be downloaded and read on mobile devices (but not on the Kindle). If a book is downloadable, it will have a download link
  • View a video tutorial on finding eBooks

Can't find it at Brantford? Request it

Request it from our partner campuses

Request it through interlibrary loans (RACER)

  • If you can't find it in our partner libraries, click on the link for interlibrary loans
  • Your user name is your OneCard barcode number; your password is your last name (all lower case)
  • You do not need to search for your article or book. Instead click on the "Blank Request Form" on the left side of the page.
  • Fill out the form and submit it

Finding articles about Shakespeare and his works

Need help with research?

  • Don’t hesitate to contact me (Pauline Dewan); I am here to help you. For additional information, see my contact page
  • Email me at
  • Call me at 519 756-8228 ext. 5529
  • Drop in for help or make an appointment. My office is in the Digital Library and Learning Commons, on the lower level of Grand River Hall, room 108B
  • Instant message a Laurier librarian for help by clicking on “Ask Us” (from the homepage of the Laurier Library)

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