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21L.010: Writing with Shakespeare: Find scholarly articles

Class guide for Diana Henderson's Writing with Shakespeare class

Find scholarly articles on Shakespeare

All of the article databases listed below contain scholarly articles on Shakespeare. However, each requires its own search strategy. Each also covers a slightly different set of journals, so while you will find a lot of overlap by searching all of them, you will also find content that's unique to each one.

Full-text online journal collections

Because the databases listed below can search the entire text of the articles they contain, you can be very specific in your searches and type multipe keywords if you wish. However, keep in mind they do not contain every article ever written about Shakespeare.

Recent research

Older research

Scholarly articles - citations

The article databases listed below contain the most articles about Shakespeare, although since they do not contain the full-text, you will have to click on an "SFX" button to link to another source or look up the article citation in Vera. Likewise, they are searching descriptions of the articles, not the full-text of the articles, so err on the side of keeping your searches somewhat broader than you would in a full-text database.

Search Tips for World Shakespeare Bibliography:

  • Click "Search"
  • Type keywords into search box on the left, such as the name of the play and a topic (for example, othello and race)
  • For a chronology, you can sort the results by year.

Search Tips for MLA:

  • Click "Search"
  • Type the name Shakespeare into the "Author as Subject" box
  • Type the name of the play you're researching into the "Author's Work" box
  • Type the theme or topic into the keyword box

Looking up a known citation

If you have a citation and are trying to find a copy of the article, you have a couple of options.

Some Caveats:

  • Both options assume you have a journal article citation. If your citation is a chapter or essay from a book (usually includes the word "in" followed by another title), search for the title of the book in one of the tools listed on the Find Books tab.
  • Both options assume you're looking for an electronic copy of the article. If you can't find an electronic copy, use the journal search in Barton to see if we have a paper copy of the journal you're looking for.

Option 1

Search one of the tools listed above, using some pieces of the citation (author and article title are usually enough). MLA and ABELL are probably your best options, as they index more journals than JSTOR or Project Muse.

Option 2

Search for the title of the journal in Vera, which contains links to our electronic journal holdings. Use the title of the journal, not the title of the article.

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