Course: Eng 102 English Comp II

Prof. Patrick King
Instructions Librarian: Ted Intarabumrung

"A Midsummer Nights Dream", act IV, scene I, by Johann Heinrich Füssli, engraving from a painting

This guide is designed to help you research literary criticism or secondary sources about Macbeth by Shakespeare. 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!



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.
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Good Search Terms to use: words or phrase

  • "midsummer nights dream" and criticism
  • "midsummer nights dream"and interpretation

Reference Books

  • Critical Companion to William Shakespeare: a Literary Reference to His Life and Work: REF PR2892 .B69 2005
  • Shakespeare's Language: a Glossary of Unfamiliar Words in His Plays and Poems: REF PR2892 .S447 2008
  • Shakespeare for Students: REF PR2987 .S47 1992
  • Oxford Companion to English Literature: REF PR19 .O94 2006
  • Essential Shakespeare Handbook: REF PR2976 .D73 2004

Electronic Books

The library has recently added 20,000 online books from the vendor Ebrary. 115 documents of criticism and interpretation about Macbeth by Shakespeare.


Browse these paper journals and magazines in the library's first floor periodicals section for articles about Macbeth
  • Contemporary Literature


Access to millions of journal, magazine, newspaper and reference source articles through our research databases.

Credo Reference
Providing bried and long articles about Macbeth, published in dictionaries and enclycopedias. These reference materials provide comprehensive information about Macbeth.

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Subject Guide

Literary Criticism

Streaming Videos

Full length and segment videos from Films On Demand.

Films On Demand

Macbeth: Young Actors in Training
The climate of evil in Macbeth is as potent as any 21st-century psychological thriller—perhaps even more so. Can an ensemble of youthful actors even come close to tackling Shakespeare’s exploration of a murderous lust for power? This program follows British drama students as they take on the project, rehearsing and performing Act II, Scene 2, from the play. Mentored by professionals, the players are able to fine-tune the rising sense of panic that eventually overcomes the protagonist and his manipulative wife. Their discussion afterwards further illuminates the marital dynamic that drives the story. Part of the series Training for Shakespeare: Young Actors’ Workshops at the Globe Theatre. (15 minutes)

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 Universityhas a very good guide.

Search Engines

Citing Sources: Style Guides

APA Style TutorialDuke Library Guide to Assembling a List of Works CitedLaguardia 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 06-13-11 by Ted Intarabumrung,