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WR 301-(for Nance): Critical Writing in English - Fall 2017: Finding books and critical essays

Critical Interpretation in books

book cover of a shakespeare and ecology bookYou can search the Library's catalog  to find full length monographs on an author (or a particular work) as well as essays and chapters appearing in books.

When searching library catalogs, add the keywords 'criticism and interpretation' to the author's name and you'll surface works of criticism that cover several of the author's texts:

Shakespeare, William, 1564-1616 -- Criticism and interpretation

Césaire, Aimé -- Criticism and interpretation

Huxley, Aldous, 1894-1963 -- Criticism and interpretation

Atwood, Margaret, 1939 -- Criticism and interpretation


In the case of someone as famous as Shakespeare, the catalog's subject headings can get specific to the level of individual works and particular aspects of individual works.

Shakespeare, William, 1564-1616. Tempest
Shakespeare, William, 1564-1616 -- Stage history

Take that book and find more like it

When you find the perfect book on your topic, use the Library catalog's subject headings to find more books like the one you've got.

For the sake of example let's say I'm interested in how Shakespeare deals with nature and the natural world in his plays. I've found a promising book 'Shakespeare and ecology'.

catalog record of book Shakespeare and ecology

When I click on the book's title, I get a detailed record of the book which includes the table of contents and assigned subject headings that will help me locate more books.

image of bibliographic record in catalog showing subject headings

Shakespeare, William 1564-1616 -- Knowledge -- Natural history  looks very promising.  So I click on that heading and find this list of books.

list of books that share the knowledge - natural history subject heading

These look perfect for my purposes. By clicking on the title of any of these books, I can review the tables of contents and see if there are chapters of interest.