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Shakespeare and His Times   Tags: drama, elizabethan england, literary criticism, literature, shakespeare  

A research guide focused on William Shakespeare and Elizabethan England.
Last Updated: Mar 29, 2017 URL: Print Guide RSS Updates

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William Shakespeare



Understanding Your Assignment

Before you begin looking for information you should make sure you understand your assignment. Some good questions are:

  • How many pages?
  • How many sources?
  • What kinds of sources?
    • Books
    • Articles
    • Websites
  • What format?

Your Professor is your best resource to answer these questions!




Get Help from a Librarian

The Cerritos College Librarians can help you with your research in a variety of ways:

  • In person
  • By phone
  • By email
  • Chat

Choose the method that best suits your needs!


What is Literary Criticism?

pen and ink image  Literary Criticism is discussion, analysis or appraisal of a literary work- whether a novel, poem, play, short story or essay.

As a literary critic, you will read and study a piece of literature and attempt to:

  • describe
  • analyze
  • justify
  • interpret
  • evaluate

The guide will help you find biographical and critical information about authors and their works.


Research Basics - Step by Step

Breaking Down The Research Process  

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The following outline gives a simple and effective strategy for finding information for a research paper and documenting the sources you find. Depending on your topic and your familiarity with the library, you may need to rearrange or recycle these steps. Adapt this outline to your needs. We are ready to help you at every step in your research.

  1. Choose a topic - or have one assigned
  2. Understand your topic
    • Background reading
    • Consider a main focus
    • Refine your topic
  3. Search Sources
    • Find Books
    • Find Articles
    • Find Websites
  4. Write your paper - Informative, Analytical, Argumentative, Critical
  5. Cite your sources

            ENG 235 - Spring 2017

            Professor Cavallaro


            • A topic relevant to Shakespeare and his times.

            Think about:

            • historical & social context
            • intellectual & religious life
            • manners & customs
            • Elizabethan theater


            • Oral presentation with PowerPoint
            • Research Paper


            • Five scholarly sources

            Valencia Mitchell

            Class Info:
            Professor Cavallaro
            ENG 235
            March 29, 2017

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