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Shakespeare: A Research Guide: Search the Online Catalog Yourself

The "Cobbe Portrait" of Shakespeare, circa 1610. Public domain. Source: Wikimedia Commons


Use the QuickSearch Advanced Catalog Search for greater precision in your searching for books, DVDs, CDs, musical scores, etc. in the Gumberg Library collection.


John Wilkes Booth, Edwin Booth, and Junius Booth Jr.in Julius Caesar, 1864. Piblic domain. Source: Wikimedia Commons

Search the Online Catalog Yourself

The Gumberg Library has a rich collection of books on Shakespeare, his life, plays, and poems. Below are examples of some of the basic sorts of online catalog searches that students researching Shakespeare and his works will want to perform. The online catalog can be searched in other ways than these. Give these kinds of searches a try and if you do not find what you need, click Ask a Librarian on the blue bar at the top of the screen to get help from a reference librarian

 All of the searches demonstrated below use the QuickSearch Advanced Catalog Search. To get to the QuickSearch Advanced Catalog Search screen, click the blue button in the box on the right side of the screen.

 

Find Works By Shakespeare

Once you get to the QuickSearch Advanced Catalog Search screen, the best way to find a work written by Shakespeare is to do an Author/Title search.
In the first search box type the name "Shakespeare" and then pull down the menu to the left of the box and change it to "Author." In the second search box, type the name of the work you are interested in finding and change the menu to the left of the search box to "Title." Click Search to run your search.

 

 Find Works About Shakespeare's Life

If you want to find books about the life of Shakespeare, on the QuickSearch Advanced Catalog Search screen, type "shakespeare" in the first search box, followed by the word "biography." Then pull down the menu to the left of the search box and change it to "Subject." Click the Search button to run your search. 

 

Find Literary Criticism on a Work by Shakespeare

On the QuickSearch Advanced Catalog Search screen, type "shakespeare" in the first search box, followed by the name of the work of his about which you want to find criticism. Let's say it's Macbeth. Then pull down the menu to the left of the search box and change it to "Subject." Then click the Search button. 

 

 

Finding Criticism on a Theme in Shakespeare's Work

On the QuickSearch Advanced Catalog Search screen, type "shakespeare" in the first search box. Change the menu to the left of it to "Subject.."  Let's say you want to find literary criticism dealing with the theme of religion in Shakespeare's works. In the next search box, type "religion" and then, from the menu to the left of that search box, choose "Subject." This search will return all catalog records with the words "Shakespeare" and "religion" in the subject headings. The click the Search button to run the search.

If you try a search like this and don't get anything, change the menu in front of the second search box to "Keyword" and then click on Search.

 

Finding Criticism on a Genre of Shakespeare Play

On the QuickSearch Advanced Catalog Search screen, type "shakespeare" in the first search box and change the menu in front of it to "Subject." Let's say you want criticism on Shakespeare's history plays. In the next search box, type "histories." Then pull down the menu in front of that search box and choose "Subject."

To get a third search box click the "Add boolean: AND" below the second search box.

In the newly added search box type "criticism" then change the menu in front of that box to say "Subject" as well. Then click the Search Button to run your search.