Caliban, played by Fyodor Paramonov in Maly Theatre, Moscow, 1950. Unknown Photographer

This guide is designed to help you find the literary criticism research topics. It includes an index of scholarly sources that should be used. Included in the list are websites and search engines that will be helpful in your research. If you have any trouble finding these sources, please ask a librarian for help. Good Luck! Any comments or suggestions are welcome!

Learning Objectives:

  • Able to locate literary criticism information sources in MBLN Online Catalog, and Subscribed Electronic Databases (Literary Reference Center and Literature Resources), as well as BPL-subscribed JSTOR.
  • Able to evaluate quality of the information sources.
  • Able to select the information.
  • Able to gather the information sources.
  • Able to take some notes of the selected information sources


  • Contrast in Caliban's and Miranda's Education
  • Contrast in Caliban;s and Ferdinand's Social Mores
  • Contrast in Caliban and Prospero Leadership Abilities

To Do:

  • Practice searching some peer-reviewed articles related to the given themes
  • Familiar with some databases of literary criticism



Collections of electronic books, dictionaries and encyclopedias, searchable and vieweable online. RCC library barcode is required to access these resources.


The on-line catalog provides access to the Library's collection of approximately 40,000 books, periodicals and audio-visual titles. These resources may be used to find information for assignments or general interest.
Tutorial for searching catalog and ordering books from Metro Boston Library Network (includes Boston Public Library)
RCC Library has 28 titles about Othello.

Good Search Terms to use: words or phrase

  • tempest
  • tempest and literary criticism
  • tempest and racism

Electronic Books


Reference Books

Critical Companion to William Shakespeare, Call Number: REF PR2892 .B69 2005

Essential Shakespeare Handbook, Call NUmber: REF PR2976 .D73 2004

Shakespeare's Language: a Glossary of Unfamiliar Words in His Plays and Poems, Call Number: REF PR2892 .S447 2008

Shakespeare for Students, Call Number: REF PR2987 1992

Reference Books Online


Browse these paper journals and magazines in the library's first floor periodicals section for articles about Othello.
  • Contemporary Literature
EBSCOHost Electronic Journal Services, portal tool for browsing journals which RCC library subscribes:


Access to millions of journal, magazine, newspaper and reference source articles through our research databases.
Academic Search Premier
Literary Reference Center
Contemporary Literary Criticism
BPL Literature Search Databases

Web sites

There are many good [insert topic] web sites on the internet. These web sites have been evaluated by library staff. Remember to always evaluate internet resources. To find out more about evaluating web sites, Lesley University has a very good guide.

Search Engines

Web sites

Open Access journals

Citing Sources: Style Guides

APA Style Tutorial
Duke Library Guide to Assembling a List of Works Cited
Laguardia Community College Library MLA and APA citation styleThe Owl at Purdue: APA Formatting and Style GuideThe Owl at Purdue: MLA 2009 Formatting and Style Guide

Basic Research Help

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General Library Information

Research guide prepared on 06-10-10 by Ted Intarabumrung,