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Connections--Shakespeare's Renaissance (FYCS): Finding Resources

Finding Resources

The library website is a great place to start looking for resources for your class.

Big Search uses keywords to find books, articles, DVDs and more. 



Want to know more?  Below is a guide for formulating keywords and finding resources using Big Search

The Millsaps-Wilson Library uses Library of Congress Call Numbers to organize physical materials.  For more information on call numbers visit the Library of Congress website.

Library of Congress Call Numbers

Books about drama can be found on the third floor of the West wing in section PN.

Literature (General). Drama: PN1600-3307 

  • Drama. History: PN 1720-1861
  • Dramatic representation. The Theater: PN2000-3307 

By time period: PN2131-2193

  • Collections of General Literature. Drama: PN6110.5-6120


Books about English literature can be found on the third floor of the West wing in section PR.

English Literature: PR 1-9680 

  •  English renaissance (1500-1640): PR2199-3195‚Äč

Books about related topics can be found throughout the Library. 

General and World History: D

American History: E and F

Manners and Customs: GT 

  • Houses. Dwellings: GT 170-474
  • Costume. Dress. Fashion: GT500-2370

Social History: HN

Music: M 

  • History and Criticism: ML 159-360 (arranged by special time periods and then by country)
  • Musical Theater: MT955-956

Fine Arts: N 

  • History of Art: N5300-7418 (arranged by time periods and movements, followed by countries arranged by time period then movements)
  • Special Subjects of Art: N7570-8266 
  • Portraits: N7575-7624
  • Humans in art: N7625.5-7649.A-.Z
  • Other special subjects: N8217-8266

Architecture: NA

Decorative Arts: NK 

  • Interior Decoration. House Decoration: NK1700-3505

Location of Materials
Classifications A--D399                                                      East Stacks 1                                                                                            
Classifications D400--F                                                      East Stacks 2
Classifications G--HR                                                          East Stacks 3
Classifications HS--K                                                           East 3
Classifications L--Z                                                               West 3




Primary sources are contemporary accounts of an event, written by someone who experienced or witnessed the event in question. These original documents (i.e., they are not about another document or account) are often diaries, letters, memoirs, journals, speeches, manuscripts, interviews and other such unpublished works. They may also include published pieces such as newspaper or magazine articles (as long as they are written soon after the fact and not as historical accounts), photographs, audio or video recordings, research reports in the natural or social sciences, or original literary or theatrical works.

Primary:  First-hand account of an event, an original work

  • Autobiographies, letters, e-mails, diaries, speeches, interviews
  • Documents, laws, treaties
  • Raw data that has been collected
  • Works of literature, art, music
  • Newspaper accounts of events, by someone on the scene

Secondary: A summary, interpretation, or analysis of something else

  • Articles, books, biographies which summarize, interpret the original statements, documents
  • Textbooks
  • Analysis of statistics
  • Criticism — of literature, art, music
  • Secondary accounts of events by those who compile and synthesize the original accounts

Tertiary: Usually a combination or collection of primary and secondary sources

  • Encyclopedias
  • Dictionaries
  • Indexes
  • Handbooks, guidebooks, manuals

Scholarly articles and books are written by and for faculty, researchers, or scholars

Scholarly journal articles

- Usually longer than magazine articles

- Include full citations

- May be peer reviewed

- Are found in library databases and in resources on the library website

Books in the library and eBooks in library databases are generally considered scholarly

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