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

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Sample Call Numbers
Elizabethan EraPR421-(429)
English Literature — DramaPR621-744
English Literature – English RenaissancePR2199-3195
History of Great Britain – Tudors 1485-1603DA310-360
History of Great Britain – Elizabethan AgeDA350-360
History of Great Britain – Early StuartsDA385-398
Dramatic Representation – The TheaterPN2000-3307
Dramatic Representation – The Theater RenaissancePN2171-2179
Dramatic Representation – The Theater ModernPN2181-2193

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
  • Theater‚ England‚ London‚ History
  • 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…PR 2981 .A28 1994
The action to the word: structure and style in…tragedyPR 2983 .Y6 1990
The best actors in the world Shakespeare and…e-Book
The Cambridge companion to Shakespeare studiesPR 2976 .C29
Christian ritual and the world of Shakespeare’s tragediesREMOTE PR 2983 .C69
A companion to Shakespeare’s workse-Book
Costumes and settings for Shakespeare’s playsREMOTE PR 3091 .W48
The death of the actor: Shakespeare on page and stagePR 3091 .B8 1991
A dictionary of Shakespearee-Book
Elizabethan drama and the viewer’s eyePR 651 .D4
Everybody’s Shakespeare: reflections…on the tragediesPR 2983 .M326 1993
Eyewitnesses of Shakespeare: first hand accounts…REMOTE PR 3091 .E95
Fancy’s images: contexts, settings, and perspectives…PR 2976 .f58 1990
The Globe restored: a study of the Elizabethan theaterPR 2920 .H6
Hamlet in purgatoryPR 2807 .G69 2001
His infinite variety; major Shakespearean criticism…PR 2976 .S45 1964
Imagining Shakespeare: a history of texts and visionsPR 2959 .S15 O74 2003
Indirections: Shakespeare and the art of illusionREMOTE PR 3069 .D57 D3
An introduction to Shakespeare: the dramatist in…contextPR 3095 .H95 1996
King Lear: text, sources, criticismPR 2819 .A2 H27 1962
Music from the age of Shakespeare a cultural historye-Book
The Norton ShakespearePR 2756 .G74 1997
Othello as tragedy:…problems of judgment and feelingPR 2829 .A83
Power on display: the politics of Shakespeare’s genresREMOTE PR 3017 .T46
Reinventing Shakespeare: a cultural history…PR 2965 .T39 1989
Rescripting Shakespeare: the text, the director…PR 3100 .D47 2002
Richard’s himself again: a stage history of Richard IIIPR 2821 .c65 1992
Shadowplay: the hidden beliefs and coded politicsPR 3017 .A687 2005
Shakespeare, a selective bibliography of modern criticismZ 8811 .W85 1988
Shakespeare and modern theatre: the performance of…PR 3100 .S52 2001
Shakespeare by stages: an historical introductionPR 3095 .K56 2003
The Shakespeare Company, 1594-1642PR 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 on Television: A Bibliography in Criticism  
Shakespeare Around the Globe