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ENGL 321: Renaissance Poetry and Prose

Finding Books

Search the library catalogue, QCAT, to find books of criticism, biographies, bibliographies, concordances, literary glossaries, dictionaries, and encyclopedias on William Shakespeare. 

Do an Author search to find books by a literary author, e.g. William Shakespeare
    shakepeare william  (within author)

Do a Subject search for find books about a literary author, e.g. William Shakespeare
    shakespeare william (within subject heading)

Subject Headings vs Keyword Searching

Subject headings allow you to search the library catalogue for resources on a particular author or topic and are often more productive than keyword searches

Keyword searches work best if you have mulitiple concepts or topics. Use the results to find relevant titles and identify assigned subject headings for your topic in order to find similar books. 

Start with the broad subject heading, Shakespeare William 1564-1616 and then browse the subheadings. Some examples:

SHAKESPEARE, WILLIAM, 1564-1616 
CHARACTERS
COMEDIES
CRITICISM AND INTERPRETATION
CRITICISM, TEXTUAL
DICTIONARIES
DRAMA
ENCYCLOPEDIAS
ETHICS
FILM AND VIDEO ADAPTATIONS
HANDBOOKS, MANUALS, ETC.
HISTORIES
HUMOR
KNOWLEDGE
LITERARY STYLE
MUSICAL SETTINGS
OUTLINES, SYLLABI, ETC.
PARODIES, IMITATIONS, ETC.

 

PERIODICALS
POETIC WORKS
POLITICAL AND SOCIAL VIEWS
QUOTATIONS
RELIGION
SOCIETIES
SONGS AND MUSIC
SONNETS
SOURCES
STAGE HISTORY
STORIES, PLOTS, ETC.
STUDY AND TEACHING
TECHNIQUE
THEMES, MOTIVES
TRAGEDIES
TRAGICOMEDIES
VIEWS ON FEMINISM
VIEWS ON IMPERIALISM

For works about specific poem. do a subject search with the poet's name and the title of the work. For example:

Milton John 1608-1674 Paradise lost

Additional subject headings that can be useful include:

Literature 

English literature--Early modern, 1500-1700

English literature--Early modern, 1500-1700--History and criticism

English literature--16th century

English literature--16th century--History and criticism

English literature--17th century

English literature--17th century--History and criticism

Poetry

English poetry--16th century

English poetry--16th century--History and criticism

English poetry--17th century

English poetry--17th century--History and criticism

Prose Literature

English prose literature--Early modern, 1500-1700

Subject Headings

Useful subject headings for an overview of the historical period include:

England--Social conditions--17th century
England--Social life and customs--17th
        century
Great Britain--History--Stuarts, 1603-
        1714
Great Britain--History--Tudors, 1485-
        1603
Great Britain--Politics and government--
        1485-
Great Britain--Politics and government--
        1558-1603
Great Britain--Politics and government--
        1603-1625
Great Britain--Social life and customs--
        16th century
Great Britain--Social life and customs--
         17th century
Renaissance--England

Browsing the Library Shelves

Browsing the library shelves is another strategy for locating information on a topic.

Most books related to Shakespeare are located in the call number range PR2750 - PS3088 on the 4th floor of Stauffer Library.

Complete works: PR2752-2763
Sonnetts and Poems: PR2841-2848


Individual plays: PR2801-2839
Play is shelved first, followed by the criticism of the individual play

Most books related to John Donne are located in the call number range PR2245 - PR2248.

Most books related to John Milton are located in the call number range PR3550 - PR3598 with books on Paradise Lost in the call number range PR3560 - PR3565.

Books on Edmund Spenser can be found in the PR2350 - PR2368 call number range.