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Shakespeare - Rodems: Researching Shakespeare

This guide is to for Ms. Rodems' subfreshmen class.

Online Reference Sources


UIUC Online Catalog - Searches all UIUC libraries.

If a book is not available at UIUC . . .

  • I-Share - Searches for items in more than 80 academic libraries in Illinois, including UIUC.
  • WorldCat - Searches for items in libraries throughout the world.

Online Databases

Shakespearean Subject Headings

If you'd like to find a book that is not on the reserve cart and not an online resource, you will need to look in the Online Catalog (the link for that is directly to your left from this paragraph!). One of the most efficient ways to search in the catalog is to use subject headings. To find a book about a specific play, you'll want to search for a subject heading formatted like this: Shakespeare, William, 1564-1616.  [Name of play].  So, for example:

Shakespeare, William, 1564-1616.  Henry V

Shakespeare, William, 1564-1616 -- Comedies

Shakespeare William, 1564-1616 -- Histories

Shakespeare, William, 1564-1616 -- Tragedies.

Shakespeare, William, 1564-1616 --Technique

Shakespeare, William, 1564-1616 -- Political and social views

Shakespeare, William, 1564-1616-- Characters -- Women.

Shakespeare, William, 1564-1616 -- Criticism and interpretation -- History -- 20th century

Shakespeare William, 1564-1616 -- Stage history

Shakespeare, William, 1564-1616 -- Dramatic production.

Globe Theatre (London)

Shakespeare, William, 1564-1616 -- Language

Shakespeare, William, 1564-1616 -- Style


Helpful Websites and Online Resources

Check Out Our Reserve Cart

Our reserve cart has books from our collection already hand-picked and ready to use! Please stop by and check it out; here is a small sample of some of the books there.