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

Journal Articles

Journal articles are usually comprised of original research that is focused on a very narrow aspect of a topic. These articles are written by scholars in a given field and are very authoritative and reliable. Journal articles are published more quickly than books, offering more current information.


Journal Articles

SLUth Search Plus searches about 50 library databases, including several literature databases (MLA International Bibliography, JSTOR, and Project Muse.) and the SLU Libraries Catalog.

Your librarian recommends the following library databases for 17th century literary research. MLA, JSTOR, and Project Muse are contained within SLUth Search Plus. However, MLA offers advanced search functionality when searched alone. World Shakespeare Bibliography is not available in SLUth Search Plus.

MLA International Bibliography offers many specialized search options, including the following. 

Primary Subject Author Search (This search lets you quickly find all of the articles in MLA that are about a specific author.)

  • example: Shakespeare, William

Primary Subject Work Search (This search lets you quickly find all of the articles in MLA that are about a specific work.)

  • example: Hamlet

Subject Search (This search lets you find articles in MLA about a specific subject, literary technique, etc.)

  • examples: narration, psychological approach, madness