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ENGL 3123: Shakespearean Generations: Getting Started

Reference / GVRL

5. From the Library’s website, under the “Research” tab, you will now have access to a number of different databases and search engines (indicated by a blue arrow).


6. Click on Reference/GVRL

This is a good database to use when you’re just getting started doing research, and are looking for background information or an overview of a topic. It will not lead you to peer-reviewed articles, but it’s a highly recommended alternative to Wikipedia. Reference/GVRL searches across hundreds of authoritative online encyclopedias and reference works. For literary research, it will lead you to articles about a particular work’s themes, characters, imagery, critical reception, etc. At the end of most entries, you will also see a bibliography or further reading list, which can be a good way to start compiling a list of potential sources for your paper.

Sample searches:  “winter’s tale”

       witches AND Shakespeare

       Hermione AND “winter’s tale”



Sample search results from Reference/GVRL:



Sample paragraph (from sample article) in Reference/GVRL:



Sample bibliography (found at the end of the articles in Reference/GVRL):



Even though the entries in Reference/GVRL are not peer reviewed journal articles, you might be led to peer reviewed articles through the bibliographies (indicated by arrow above). To find out which of these titles the Library owns, you want to use oneSEARCH, which is the next stop on our list of databases.