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Hamlet (1603): Library Resources

A list of resources available through Truxal Library for researching Shakespeare's Hamlet

Library Databases

Click on the links below to search for criticism and interpretation of literary works, as well as biographical information about authors. To access databases from off-campus, you will need to enter the barcode number from the back of your Truxal Library card or AACC photo ID.

Use this database for general background information and to define unfamiliar words and phrases:     

To further research historical context of literary works, use:

Use these databases to broaden your search:

Searching for Full Text

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Use the library's Finding Articles from Citations page, which is part of the Finding Materials from Citations Guide.

For assistance, contact the reference desk at 410-777-2456 or refdesk@aacc.edu.

Read or Search Shakespeare's Hamlet Online

Full text of Shakespeare's Hamlet is available on the Web at:

Print copies are also available in Truxal Library.

Reference Materials

Search the Library Catalog for the following reference titles that contain material about Hamlet. These titles may be available in other college or public libraries.

  • All Things Shakespeare: An Encyclopedia of Shakespeare's World
  • British Writers [vols 1, 2, 3, 5]
  • A Companion to Shakespeare
  • Critical Survey of Drama [vol 6]
  • The Critical Temper: A Survey of Modern Criticism on English and American Literature from the Beginnings to the Twentieth Century [vols 1, 4]
  • Cyclopedia of Literary Characters [vol 2]
  • Cyclopedia of Literary Places [vol 2]
  • Cyclopedia of World Authors [vol 3]
  • Essential Shakespeare Handbook
  • The Facts on File Companion to Shakespeare
  • The Friendly Shakespeare: A Thoroughly Painless Guide to the Best of the Bard
  • The Library of Literary Criticism [vol 1]
  • Literature and Its Times [vol 1]
  • Masterplots [vol 5]
  • Shakespeare After All
  • Shakespeare A to Z: The Essential Reference to His Plays, His Poems, His Life and Times and More
  • Shakespearean Criticism - Contains passages from literary criticism originally published in books and journals; check under the the Cumulative Character Index or under the Cumulative Topic Index, by Play; these indexes are located in the latest volume of this multi-volume work
  • Shakespeare's Characters for Students [vol 1]
  • Shakespeare the Playwright: A Companion to the Complete Tragedies, Histories, Comedies and Romances
  • A Theatergoer's Guide to Shakespeare
  • Understanding Hamlet: A Student Casebook to Issues, Sources, and Historical Documents
  • William Shakespeare: His World, His Work, His Influence

Books & Audio/Visual Materials

Conduct a "Subject Browse" search using the Library Catalog for either:

  • Shakespeare, William, 1564-1616. Hamlet.

You'll find library materials that provide biographical information about Shakespeare, as well criticism and interpretation of his work.

eBook Spotlight

Experience This Play Performed

If not on campus, you will need to enter the barcode number from the back of your AACC photo ID or Truxal Library card to access these multimedia resources.

Research Guide to Theater

Want more information about various productions and critical reception of this play?

Visit our Research Guide to Theater Arts

Research Assistance

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