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Browse the subject headings in the CUNY Catalog to find reference works on Shakespeare, or use the “Subject Heading Keyword” search to find books on specific Shakespeare topics.
You can search Queens College only, any other CUNY library, or all of them together. Use the “Title Request” feature to send them here.
Some recommended reference books on Shakespeare's work:
- The Oxford Companion to Shakespeare (Reference Level 3 PR2892 .O94 2001)
- All Things Shakespeare (Reference Level 3 PR 2892 .56 2002)
- A Shakespeare Glossary (Reference Level 3 PR 2892 .O6 1986)
Check the catalog for other relevant reference books, or browse our reference shelves near the call numbers provided above.
The MLA International Bibliography is the most comprehensive database of quality scholarly articles in literature and related fields, and easier to search than many others. Make sure you search MLA Bibliography and not the Literature Resource Center—they share an interface.
- Supports searching fields such as “Author as Subject” and “Literary Theme” in addition to standard fields like author and title.
- Use the Find It button to access full text, electronically or in print.
- Example: (justice OR law) AND (tempest OR measure)
- Set the first set of terms to search anywhere and the second set to “Title of work.”
Project Muse indexes a large amount of unique material, and unlike MLA it includes abstracts. Most works and authors are subject headings.
JSTOR provides archival access to older issues of journals in all disciplines—so select appropriate areas to search before you begin! There is considerable overlap with MLA International Bibliography. Searches full text, but does not use subject headings.
The World Shakespeare Bibliography Online is an electronic database dealing only with Shakespeare and his works. You can browse for information on a given play, or search for articles on the topic that interests you. Advanced search lets you limit to a particular type of document (for instance, an article). It does not support Find It, so you will need to search the CUNY Catalog for journal titles
These websites are recommended because they are sponsored by authoritative institutions, are frequently updated, and are for the most part intended for a scholarly audience. Please consider these factors when you are thinking about using resources on the Web. If you're still not sure whether a site is scholarly, see this tutorial.
- Open Source Shakespeare
- OSS has the full text of all the plays and poems, and some very useful tools, especially the concordance, list of lines spoken by each character and the sonnet comparison tool.
- Mr. William Shakespeare and the Internet
- This is a directory of Shakespeare resources on the Internet, maintained at Palomar Community College. This directory is currently updated and covers a wide range of internet resources.
- Directory to Shakespeare and Renaissance sites on the Web
- Maintained at the University of Victoria, Canada. Note the policy for inclusion in the list.
- OAIster is a union catalog that searches the Deep Web (resources search engines cannot reach) for digital resources such as digitized books and articles, audio files, images, datasets and more.
In MLA and some other databases, click Find It for journal articles. This will take you straight to electronic or direct you to print.
Find It doesn't work with book articles, and some databases don't support it, so you have to check the CUNY Catalog in those cases.
If we don't have an item, you can use interlibrary loan (ILL).
If it's a book and CUNY holds a copy, use “request title” from that record instead.
MLA Handbook for Writers of Research Papers, 6th ed.
- Stacks (Call # A-L Level 4; Call # P-Z Level 5) - LB2369 .G53 2003
- Desk Reference Level 3 - LB2369 .G53 2003
- Online MLA Formatting and Style Guide from the OWL at Purdue