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Shakespeare Across Subject Areas

This guide supports research assignments for English Literature and Shakespeare classes.


Check out the tabs above to access books, articles, videos and web resources on Shakespeare's work and his influence across the disciplines and over the centuries.

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Folger Shakespeare Library

Tips on Research and Scholarly Writing

Use these evaluation methods to determine if a web resource is right for you:

The four steps of the SIFT Method: Stop; Investigate the source; Find better coverage; Trace claims, quotes and media to the original context.SIFT Method: SIFT is a series of steps to take when evaluating the reliability of web sites and their claims. It is based on an approach used by professional fact-checkers, and was developed by Mike Caulfield from Washington State University.

You can find more detailed information about SIFT in the Introduction to Research Guide.


Rhetorical Triangle: This method asks you to consider the author, intended audience, and purpose of a website when you evaluate its reliability. Adapted from the University Writing Program at Northern Arizona University.

More information about the Rhetorical Triangle can be found in our Introduction to Research Guide.





Definition: In an instructional setting, plagiarism occurs when a writer deliberately uses someone else’s language, ideas, or other original (not common-knowledge) material without acknowledg­ing its source.

While some types of writing aren't as concerned with documenting sources, ideas, images, sounds, etc. traditional academic writing requires these best practices.

Sources: and


For more information:

Try these to get more specific or broader results

Wild Card

  • Use a * to include forms or variants of words in your search
  • Example: type test* to search for test, testing, tests

Adding a ~

  • Adding a tilde (~) to your search term will return related terms.
  • Example: ~nutrition will search also nutrition, food and health

Adding a -

  • Adding a negative (-) to your search term will take away that term in your search.
  • Example: Pets -cats will not find web sites that focus upon cats as pets.

Phrase Search

  • By inserting quotes around an exact phase, you will search only the words you type in, in that exact order with no words in between term.
  • Example: "consumer product chemistry"

Boolean Operators

  • Using AND, OR, NOT can broaden or narrow a search depending on your inquiry. "AND" will give you results that contain both words. "OR" will give results about either word and "NOT" will not search the term preceding.
  • Example: Summer AND Flower, Summer OR Flower, Summer NOT flower

Drawing of Shakespeare

Black & White Drawing of Shakespeare's Head

Photo by Tony Netone on Flickr at of a black and white drawing of Shakespeare.
(CC BY 2.0 License)