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RESOURCES FOR ENGLISH 204

This is a research guide for English 204: English Renaissance.

Reference Works

British Writers is a biographical / critical set of British authors arranged chronologically. Main Reference: 820.9 B7772

Dictionary of Literary Biography (within Literature Resource Center) is an online resource that includes biographical and critical studies of authors from all eras and genres, in addition to bibliographic information about each author's writings. Available on the Literatures and Languages Library homepage.

The London Encyclopedia provides brief entries on the people and places of London from the earliest days. Main Reference: 942.1 L84653 2008

Encyclopedia of the Renaissance is a 6-volume set available in History, Philosophy and Newspaper Library Reference at Q. 940.2103 En192

Literature Criticism from 1400 to 1800 is a multi-volume set that contains reprints of published criticism from all eras of literary works written between 1400-1800. Oak Street and Main Stacks: Q.809 L71253

Narrative and Dramatic Sources of Shakespeare provides a chapter on each play with full translations of the source materials. Volume 7 has the Major Tragedies, including Othello. Oak Street and Main Stacks: 822.33 FB87

The Main Reference Room contains bibliographies, biographies, lists and guides to genres, periods, and authors. Please consult with the English Librarian if needed.

UIUC Library Collections

The UIUC Library's collections are organized according to both Library of Congress Classification and Dewey Decimal Classification.  While many of the books you want will be in the Literatures and Languages Library, others will be in the Main Stacks.  If you want to enter the Main Stacks and retrieve the books yourself, ask at the Main Library Circulation Desk on the second floor.  Otherwise, take the call numbers for the materials you need to the Main Stacks Circulation desk and place a request for the materials at the Circulation Desk.

NOTE: You may check bound periodicals from Bookstacks for same-day use in the building.  Be sure to plan your use of these materials carefully to allow time to read the articles.  Also, you will want to have a copy card (or I-Card) with money on it in order to make photocopies of the material you need. 

Subject Searching the Online Catalog

Examples of subject headings:

Literature and society – England – History – 16th century
English literature – Early modern, 1500-1700 – History and criticism
Elizabeth I, Queen of England, 1533 – 1603
Feminism and literature – Great Britain – History – 16th century
Gunpowder Plot, 1605
To get to the online catalog, start at the English Library Webpage and click "Quick Search"

Journal Article Indexes

MLA International Bibliography indexes articles from over 3,000 scholarly journals, theses, proceedings, and books on literature, language and folklore. The coverage of books and theses is not as inclusive as it is for journal articles. Book reviews are not included. Covers 1963-present.  Available through the Literatures and Languages Library website and Online Journals & Databases.

EBSCO Academic Search Premier indexes articles from journals and magazines.  Searches can be restricted to scholarly journals.  EBSCO also includes the full-text of many journals of interest.  Available through the Literatures and Languages Library website's list of Online Resources and Databases.>

Historical Abstracts covers history outside of North America.  Coverage includes books, book chapters, references to dissertations, and journal articles published from 1955 to the present.  Available through Online Journals & Databases.

Iter: Gateway to the Middle Ages and Renaissance indexes over 250,000 articles and reviews from over 400 medieval and renaissance journal titles. Available through the Literatures and Languages Library website's list of Online Resources and Databases.

JSTOR contains full-text for backfile articles and reviews in 130+ multi-disciplinary journals. Available through the Literatures and Languages Library website's list of Online Resources and Databases.

Project Muse provides full-text of the most recent issues published in the last five to ten years for 150+ journals supplied by several university presses. Available through the Literatures and Languages Library website's list of Online Resources and Databases.

Research Management

RefWorks is a web-based bibliographic management system that is free for all UIUC students, faculty, and staff to use. For instructions on how to use RefWorks, please visit the Library's main RefWorks page and further assistance is available on the RefWorks FAQ page.  RefWorks is accessed through Online Journals & Databases.

Evaluating Web Resources

The Duke Libraries' Guide to Library Research guides the student through the final part of the research process and stresses the importance of properly citing resources to avoid plagiarism.  It also offers strategies for assembling a list of resources.

Need More Help?

Contact the English and Digital Humanities Librarian Harriett Green by telephone at 333-4942 and by email at green19@illinois.edu, or visit the Literatures and Languages Library in room 225 of the Main Library.