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Hamlet (1603): Library Resources

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

Library Databases

Use 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 log in with your MyAACC credentials or enter your library barcode number.

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

No full text available?
Have only an article's abstract or just a citation?

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

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.

eBook Spotlight

You might find the following eBooks useful for researching Hamlet

Experience This Play Performed

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Books & Audio/Visual Materials

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

  • Shakespeare, William, 1564-1616.
  • Shakespeare, William, 1564-1616. Hamlet.

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

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]
  • The Cambridge Companion to Shakespeare and Contemporary Dramatists
  • 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]
  • The Definitive Shakespeare Companion: Overviews, Documents, and Analysis [vol 3]
  • Essential Shakespeare Handbook
  • The Facts on File Companion to Shakespeare [vol 2]
  • 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
  • Shakespeare's Characters for Students
  • Shakespeare the Playwright: A Companion to the Complete Tragedies, Histories, Comedies and Romances
  • Shakesqueer: A Queer Companion to the Complete Works of Shakespeare
  • 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

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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