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Shakespeare Research: Reference

What About Print?

Summer 2022-Spring 2023

Due to an ongoing renovation project, the print collection has been removed from the library building. However, if you are on the Boston campus, you can request print material from our off-site storage space using your Northeastern ID and password. Please allow up to 2 days for delivery. See the Requesting Materials from the Remote Annex page for more information.

Most of our collection is available online through Scholar OneSearch. If you need something that we do not own as an e-book, you are welcome to Recommend a Purchase. Please keep in mind that not all publishers sell e-books to libraries, and requests may be denied due to unavailability of a library e-book license.

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What is a Reference source?

Think of a reference resource as a bird's-eye overview of your topic.  A reference (or tertiary) resource compiles, analyzes, digests, and categorizes secondary and primary sources. This chart from the University of North Carolina has excellent examples of primary, secondary, and tertiary sources. Remember to properly cite your sources to avoid plagiarism and preserve academic integrity.

Online Reference Sources

Remember, reference sources will frequently be classified as encyclopedias, handbooks, dictionaries, bibliographies, guides, or companions.

Histories as an Overview

While not always a traditional reference source, books classified as "histories" often give a good broad overview of a topic.  In library catalogs, the key subject term to add to your search is "history"; you'll find not only specific books but well-known series like the Cambridge Histories.