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This guide contains information on how to research the life and works of William Shakespeare.


Books provide comprehensive, broad coverage of a given topic, including background or historical information. Many, but not all, books are written by scholars and published by University presses and scholarly associations. These would be considered scholarly, academic, and authoritative sources.

Find Books in the SLU Libraries

Search for books using the Saint Louis University Libraries' Catalog

Find literary criticism using a SUBJECT search. 

1. Perform a SUBJECT search on the author's name (LAST, FIRST).
2. Click on the subject heading that ends in "CRITICISM AND INTERPRETATION". 


Find literary criticism using a KEYWORD search.

1. Perform a KEYWORD search for a specific author and elements of their work that you're interested in. 


Another option would be to search for a specific work and elements of the work that you're interested in. 

How to Get a Book

1. Search the SLU Libraries Catalog by title, author, subject, or keyword.

2. When you find a book, make note of its current status (checked out or available), library location, and call number. Pius Library location links are clickable and lead to a call number location guide

3. Go to the appropriate library and floor to retrieve your book and check it out at the library's circulation desk with your SLU ID.

To find books in Missouri's academic libraries (and a few public libraries), search the MOBIUS Catalog

To find books in Colorado and Wyoming, search Prospector. 

To find books in U.S. libraries (and beyond), search WorldCat