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Shakespeare and His Contemporaries

This guide was created for students at SCSU who are studying Shakespeare and his contemporaries.


Use SouthernSearch to locate information in our library. SouthernSearch provides simple, one-stop searching for books and e-books, videos, articles, digital media, and more.

Enter your search terms in the search box provided and click on Search. The default is to search "Everything at SCSU." You can click on the down arrow next to "Everything at SCSU" for other choices such as SCSU Catalog and Collections, Articles and e-books, Course Reserves, and CT State Colleges and Universities.

Use Advanced Search for more search options to limit or focus your search.

Where are books shelved?

Books pertaining to language and literature are shelved in the P section according to the Library of Congress Classification System. Books that have Ref before the call number are shelved in the Reference section on the main floor of Buley Library. Circulating books with call numbers A through PL are on the second floor. PM through Z are on the third floor. Here's a floorplan of the stacks indicating where materials are shelved.

Checking Out Books

Circulating books are checked out at the Check-out Counter on the main floor with a valid SCSU ID. Books can be checked out for 28 days with the option to have them renewed if no one else has requested them. Reference books cannot be checked out.


Scanners are available on the first and ground floors. Users can scan to their email or their flash drive for free. You cannot print from the scanners. There are 3 printers on the main floor that allow you to scan, copy and print. One is located in the front lobby; one is located at the IT Help desk and the third is near the reference stacks. Scanning is free but printing is 5 cents for single side black and white and 8 cents for double-side. Color printing is 25 cents for single side and 40 cents for double side.

Hoot Loot card holders can add to their account from the Card Value Center in Buley Library which is located opposite the Check-out counter on the main floor.

Search Strategies

Subject Search
Use Advanced Search to search by  title, author, or subject. A subject search uses the Library of Congress subject headings. Here are some subject headings for finding information on Shakespeare and his contemporaries:

English drama -- Early modern and Elizabethan, 1500-1600
English drama -- Early modern and Elizabethan, 1500-1600 -- History and criticism
English drama -- 17th century
English drama -- 17th century -- History and criticism

Shakespeare, William, 1564-1616 -- Contemporaries
Shakespeare, William, 1564-1616 -- Criticism and interpretation
Shakespeare, William, 1564-1616 -- Dramatic production
Shakespeare, William, 1564-1616 -- Film adaptations
Shakespeare, William, 1564-1616 -- Poetic works
Sonnets Shakespeare William 1564 1616

You can also search by subject for a specific writer by entering the last name of the author first, then the first name.
Example:      Shakespeare, William
                     Marlowe, Christopher

Title Search
You can search for information on specific plays or the plays themselves by doing a
title search and entering the title of the work.

Keyword Search
Use keyword search for more focused and precise searches.
Combine search terms with "and" to narrow your search. Combining search terms with "and" retrieves results that contain all your search terms.
Example: Shakespeare and Elizabethan stage
                 Shakespeare and contemporaries and drama
                 Shakespeare and religion                                  

Or you can combine search terms with "or" to broaden your search. "Or" helps retrieve any or all of the words in your search.
Example: Shakespeare or Ben Jonson
                 Elizabethan stage or Jacobean stage
                 Shakespeare and (plays or drama or sonnets)

Requesting books from another library

To request a book from another library in the CSCU consortium, you must search the CSCU consortium by selecting "CT State Colleges and Universities" from the pull-down menu in the search box as the default is to search "Everything at SCSU". Enter your search terms and execute your search. Once the results list appears, you need to sign in to your library account to see which library has the book. You will see the name of the library that has the book and "available" if the book is available to be loaned. Click on "available" and you will see more information about the book and option to "request" the book. Click on "Request". Check to see that the pick-up institution is  Southern Connecticut State University and the library is Hilton C. Library. Click on request to complete the transaction. You will be notified by email when the book is here and you can pick up your book at the Check-out Desk.

For additional help requesting a book from another CSCU library, please watch this video: