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SHAKESPEARE: HAMLET. - Wood engraving by Georges Tcherkessoff (1900-1943) for a 20th century edition of William Shakespeare's 'Hamlet.'. Fine Art. Britannica ImageQuest, Encyclopædia Britannica, 25 May 2016. Accessed 16 Oct 2017.

Discovery is a way of searching most of our databases and our catalog all at the same time.  It is a good place to start but unless you are an extremely skilled searcher, it is difficult to get at all content you might want from each individual database. Click here to view my Discovery search for Hamlet literary criticism.

Literary Criticism Books

We have pulled the literary criticism books we found most relevant for this assignment and they will be available for you to use during your library visits.  If you need to find one when you are not here with your class, click here for a list of the books with call numbers

Subscription Databases

We have two subscription resources for literary criticism; Gale and EBSCO. A new academic humanities database, JSTOR may also have critical reviews.

Gale Literature Criticism Online

This is the one database you cannot powersearch that will be especially helpful in your quest for literary criticism is Gale's Literary Criticism Online. If after you use this database, you'd like to powersearch across the rest of Gale click on Library Links across the top of the page, select Gale Databases and then select all the databases before typing in your search term across the top.

Gale Index to Literary Criticism  This is an index by author and title to reference material.  Some we have some we do not, but can borrow.  Search for Hamlet and then check the catalog to see if we have the book the index refers to. Most will be located in the reference room.

EBSCO's Literary Reference Center

Completely fulltext and includes literary criticism, interviews, reviews, biographies and reference books. A search by Title, Hamlet should bring you up 302 results.  You can narrow your search by adding other keywords.


This is our most academic database and contains primarily scholarly journals, books and primary sources.  You will need to be willing to carefully formulate and revise your search strategies.  Pay attention to in what fields you are looking for your words.  You can browse subjects as well, go to the bottom of the page and Explore JSTOR by subject.  All articles are fulltext and include MLA citations.

Bloom's Criticisms

Harold Bloom is a noted American literary critic, professor at Yale and the author/compiler of many works of literary criticism. This database has 5 full-text books of criticism about Hamlet.  Some are ones we have in print as well.  Access to this is on loan to us from Westview.  You will need to ask your teacher or librarian for the login information.

Public Library Databases

The public libraries have additional resources that are particularly useful for this assignment.  To access these resources you will need a public library card.  If you do not have one, please see Ms. Powell and she can assist you in accessing while on campus.

San Diego City Libraries  (closest is Rancho Bernardo or Carmel Mountain, 01336 barcode)

Internet Resources

The following are some suggested web resources for literary criticism.  Please feel free to let us know of any others you would recommend for this list.

Image Citation:

Tcherkessoff, George. "Shakespeare: Hamlet".  Wood engraving.  Britannica ImageQuest, Encyclopædia Britannica, 25 May 2016.