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Sample Subject Headings 
Library Catalogs 
Sample Materials 
Research Databases 
Relevant Journals 
Selected Web Pages and Digital Archives 

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Sample Call Numbers
Elizabethan Era
English Literature -- Drama 
English Literature – English Renaissance 
History of Great Britain – Tudors 1485-1603 
History of Great Britain – Elizabethan Age 
History of Great Britain – Early Stuarts 
Dramatic Representation – The Theater 
Dramatic Representation – The Theater Renaissance 
Dramatic Representation – The Theater Modern  

Sample Subject Headings
Start by searching the catalog by keyword. Use whatever terms you think best describe your topic. When you find a record that matches what you are looking for, view the record and see what subject headings were used. Then search again using that term as a subject search. 

Shakespeare, William, 1564-1616

Shakespeare, William, 1564-1616--Adaptations--History and criticism

Shakespeare, William, 1564-1616--Authorship

Shakespeare, William, 1564-1616--Characters

Shakespeare, William, 1564-1616--Comedies

Shakespeare, William, 1564-1616--Criticism and interpretation

Shakespeare, William, 1564-1616--Dramatic production

Shakespeare, William, 1564-1616--Encyclopedias

Shakespeare, William, 1564-1616--Film and video adaptations

Shakespeare, William, 1564-1616--Influence

Shakespeare, William, 1564-1616--Literary style

Shakespeare, William, 1564-1616--Musical settings

Shakespeare, William, 1564-1616--Philosophy

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

Shakespeare, William, 1564-1616--Religion

Shakespeare, William, 1564-1616--Sources

Shakespeare, William, 1564-1616--Stage history

Shakespeare, William, 1564-1616. Tempest

Shakespeare, William, 1564-1616--Tragedies

Shakespeare, William, 1564-1616. Macbeth--Sources

Theater and society--England--History--17th century

Theater--England--History--16th century


Globe Theatre (London, England : 1599-1644)


Library Catalogs 
Von Canon Library Catalog 
Washington and Lee Catalog   
VMI Preston Library Catalog  
Rockbridge Public Library Catalog (incl. BV Branch)  
WorldCat Database   

Sample Materials
Acting funny: comic theory and practice in Shakespeare's... 
The action to the word: structure and style in...tragedy 
The best actors in the world Shakespeare and... 
The Cambridge companion to Shakespeare studies 
Christian ritual and the world of Shakespeare's tragedies 
A companion to Shakespeare's works 
Costumes and settings for Shakespeare's plays 
The death of the actor: Shakespeare on page and stage 
A dictionary of Shakespeare 
Elizabethan drama and the viewer's eye 
Everybody's Shakespeare: reflections...on the tragedies 
Eyewitnesses of Shakespeare: first hand accounts... 
Fancy's images: contexts, settings, and perspectives... 
The Globe restored: a study of the Elizabethan theater 
Hamlet in purgatory 
His infinite variety; major Shakespearean criticism... 
Imagining Shakespeare: a history of texts and visions 
Indirections: Shakespeare and the art of illusion 
An introduction to Shakespeare: the dramatist in...context 
King Lear: text, sources, criticism 
Music from the age of Shakespeare a cultural history 
The Norton Shakespeare 
Othello as tragedy:...problems of judgment and feeling 
Power on display: the politics of Shakespeare's genres 
Reinventing Shakespeare: a cultural history… 
Rescripting Shakespeare: the text, the director...  
Richard's himself again: a stage history of Richard III 
Shadowplay: the hidden beliefs and coded politics
Shakespeare, a selective bibliography of modern criticism 
Shakespeare and modern theatre: the performance of... 
Shakespeare by stages: an historical introduction
The Shakespeare Company, 1594-1642
PR 2981 .A28 1994
PR 2983 .Y6 1990
PR 2976 .C29
REMOTE PR 2983 .C69
REMOTE PR 3091 .W48
PR 3091 .B8 1991
PR 651 .D4
PR 2983 .M326 1993
REMOTE PR 3091 .E95
PR 2976 .f58 1990
PR 2920 .H6
PR 2807 .G69 2001
PR 2976 .S45 1964
PR 2959 .S15 O74 2003
REMOTE PR 3069 .D57 D3
PR 3095 .H95 1996
PR 2819 .A2 H27 1962
PR 2756 .G74 1997
PR 2829 .A83
REMOTE PR 3017 .T46
PR 2965 .T39 1989
PR 3100 .D47 2002
PR 2821 .c65 1992
PR 3017 .A687 2005
Z 8811 .W85 1988
PR 3100 .S52 2001
PR 3095 .K56 2003
PR 3095 .G85 2004

Research Databases
Academic Search Complete
Bridgeman Art Library
Cambridge Companions
Credo Reference
Dictionary of Literary Biography
eBook Collection
European Views of the Americas: 1493 to 1750
Fuente Académica
HighWire Press
Humanities International Complete
Literature Resources from Gale
MasterFILE Premier
National Gallery Collection
Oxford English Dictionary
Proquest Dissertations and Theses
Religion and Philosophy Collection
Scribner Writer's Series
Twayne Author's Series
Wiley Online Library
Women's Studies International

Relevant Journals 
Shakespeare Bulletin
Shakespeare Quarterly
Shakespeare in Southern Africa
Shakespeare Studies
Renaissance Forum
Renaissance Papers
Renaissance Quarterly
Renaissance Studies
Renaissance and Reformation
Theatre History Studies
Theatre Journal
Theatre Notebook
London Journal
Early Modern Literary Studies

These are just examples. To find more, or to look for a specific journal/magazine, use the JournalFinder tool on the Von Canon Library homepage. The Washington and Lee Library has a similar tool called PeriodicalFinder. The VMI Library has a similar tool called JournalLocator.

Selected Webpages & Digital Archives 
The Complete Works of William Shakespeare  
The Shakespeare Quartos Archive  
Sites on Shakespeare and the Renaissance (Internet Shakespeare Editions)  
Primary Sources Archive (Folger Shakespeare Library)  
Folger Shakespeare Library 
Luminarium - Anthology of English Literature 
Shakespeare’s Staging 
Shakespeare Illustrated  
Shakespeare’s Globe Theater (The Virtual Globe)  
Shakespeare on Television: A Bibliography in Criticism  
Shakespeare Around the Globe  
Criticism Early Editors of Shakespeare