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Queen Elizabeth I ('The Ditchley portrait') by Marcus Gheeraerts the Younger, oil on canvas, circa 1592. NPG 2561 © National Portrait Gallery, London. Creative Commons license.
Welcome to the Research Guide for ENG 111: Making Gloriana: Imagining Elizabeth I in Literature. This guide aims to point you to some useful starting places for your research. Please feel free to contact me for additional help navigating these resources or finding sources for your individual research topics. I'm happy to work with you on any aspect of the research process, whether in person, by email, or through a chat or video conference. See my contact information on this guide.
Selected E-Books on Early Modern History & Culture
To search with more focus and precision, use one of the key databases recommended on this guide.
Key Databases for Scholarly Articles
MLA International Bibliography
This is the most comprehensive database for finding scholarly articles, books, and book chapters on literature and related fields, from the latest scholarship back to the 1880s. Use the "Find it! @Wellesley" link to get the full text. If we don't have it, you can request it through Interlibrary Loan.
This database contains scholarly journal articles in many disciplines, including language and literature. For most journals, it does not contain articles from the most recent 3-5 years.
Historical Abstracts with Full Text
Articles on all periods of world history
- Limit by time period under "Historical Period"
- Use the "Find it! @Wellesley" button to get the full text of the article
Art Full Text
Articles on all aspects of art, 1984 to present (abstracts), 1995 to present (full text). The database covers fine, decorative and commercial art, folk art, photography, film, and architecture.
Go to the Library's Databases A-Z list and use the Subjects menu to find other databases relevant to your topic.
Primary Sources: Texts and Images
Early English Books Online
EEBO contains searchable and browsable page images of virtually every work printed in the English-speaking world from 1473 to 1700, as well as some items printed after 1700.
British History Online
Digital library of primary and secondary sources on the history of Britain and Ireland from libraries, museums, archives, and scholars, with a focus on 1300-1800. Premium content (Calendars and Parliament Rolls of Medieval England) is not freely accessible.
Digitized images of art, architecture, and other forms of visual culture from around the world, from museums, archaeology, photo archives, slide collections, and art reference works, dating from B.C.E. to present.
Requires creation of an Artstor account to download images. This account also grants you off-campus access for 60 days. If your account is inactivated or you need to create an account, make sure to use a library link (such as this one) to get to Artstor so that you will be recognized as a Wellesley user.
HathiTrust Digital Library
Large collection of digitized books from major research institutions & libraries. Contains public domain as well as copyrighted content.
The Internet Archive is a digital library of Internet sites and other cultural artifacts in digital form, including texts, audio, moving images, and software as well as archived web pages.
Tips on Finding & Using Books
Use the Wellesley Library Catalog to find books (including e-books), videos, and journals (but not individual articles).
- A subject search can help you narrow in on materials relevant to your topic. Here are some useful subject terms for this class:
- Or start with a keyword search, and
- find a book that looks useful, click on the title, and look at the subject terms
- click on each subject term to find "more like this"
- Change the default Entire Collection to Online/electronic to see only material available online.
- Keep in mind that your topic may be covered in one section or chapter of a book on a broader topic.
- Be sure to "mine" the footnotes and bibliography of a relevant book for additional sources on your topic.
National Portrait Gallery: Elizabeth I & Her People
Your Subject Librarian!
, American Studies
, Cinema & Media Studies
, Cognitive & Linguistic Sciences
, Comparative Literature
, East Asian Languages & Cultures
, East Asian Studies
, German & German Cultural Studies
, Italian Studies
, Latin American Studies
, Russian & Russian Area Studies
Use AND to combine multiple concepts in your search. This will narrow your results.
Elizabethan poetry AND gender AND power
Use OR to find different ways your topic could be expressed. This will expand your results.
Elizabethan poetry AND
(gender OR femininity) AND power
Use an asterisk * to find variant endings, or as a wild card. This will expand your results.
Use quotation marks " " to search words as a phrase. This will narrow your results.
Selected E-Books on Elizabeth I
Elizabeth I and Her Circle by
Presents the inside story of Elizabeth I's inner circle and the crucial human relationships which lay at the heart of her personal and political life. (2015)
The Heart and Stomach of a King by
Levin interrogates the gender constructions, role expectations, and beliefs about sexuality that influenced her public persona and the way she was perceived as a female Protestant ruler. (2nd edition, 2013)
Elizabeth I: The Voice of a Monarch by
Combines literary interpretation, gender analysis, and cultural, political, and diplomatic history to examine how Elizabeth I used the discourse of love to establish her political power, assert her right to marry or not, and rule the country herself either way. (2010)
Find additional resources on these related research guides.