As you think about what concepts you want to write about, think about what particular words might be found in a good article about that topic. Consider the following when searching databases and e-books:
Although you may find very good sources in the databases, another great way to find articles is by using the Shakespearean Criticism index. The collection of over 200 volumes is available in print at the central campus library, but you also have access to it through the Gale Literature Criticism database.
The print version of this collection has an extensive index - organized by play and topic - that can really help you narrow your search for literary criticism. If you have never used an index, follow the directions below.
Shakespeare Criticism also has a "Cumulative Character Index" and "Cumulative Topic Index" organized by topic and then broken down by play. These indexes are at the back of every volume.
How to use the print version index: Next to each topic, the index lists a number in bold followed by numbers (not in bold). The bold number is the volume that the essay is in. The not-bold numbers are the page number that the essay is on. For instance, under gender, the index lists: 102: 287, 295, 298, 305; (this means that there are 4 essays about gender in volume 102 on pages 287, 295, 298, and 305). You can then use these volume and page numbers to find the essay in the print copies of the books in the library, or see below to find these essays in the Gale Literature database.