Brandel Library

ENG 3090: Shakespeare

This page links you to resources you can use for your historical context paper and presentation. Please reach out to me with any questions as you are working on this project. My contact info and calendly link are at the bottom of this page.

Library Resources

There are two main types of secondary sources that will be useful for this assignment: books and journal articles. Typically, articles will analyze a highly specific topic (e.g., "'Obscured by Dreams:' Race, Empire, and Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream), while books take on a bit broader topics (e.g., Shakespeare, Race, and Colonialism). Keep this distinction in mind as you search so that you can adjust your search terms accordingly.

Finding Books

I-Share Catalog

With I-Share you can search for books at nearly 100 academic libraries throughout Illinois. I recommend using I-Share for this assignment because it has much more extensive collections on Shakespeare and his times than we do at Brandel. Books you request from other libraries will be delivered to our circulation desk for you to pick up.  

Finding Scholarly Articles

MLA International Bibliography

MLA is the primary database for scholarly journal articles about literature and languages. Use it to find analyses of Shakespeare's works and times.


JSTOR is an interdisciplinary database with extensive coverage of both history and literature. It is your best source for articles on early modern England.

Project Muse

Project Muse is similar to JSTOR, but with more recent journal articles. 

Recommended Resources on Shakespeare



Recommended Resources on the Early Modern Context