Literature Resource Center - A current, comprehensive, and reliable online literature resource. Contains information on authors and their works in all genres and disciplines.
From the homepage, type in the name of the Shakespearean play, and in "Search for words in" select "Name of Work". In "By content type" deselect "All" and then select "Liberature Criticism." In "Search in" select Literature Resource Center. Several hundred works of criticism will appear. Select the title that interests you and click; this is your full-text article.
To obtain an MLA 7th edition citation, click Citation Tools (located in the Tools Box on the right side of the screen), and copy and paste the information.
JSTOR - A scholarly database of more than 2,000 academic journals, dating back to the first volume ever published, along with thousands of monographs.
Select Advanced Search. Type the name of the play in first search box. In the second search box, type Shakespeare. Farther down Narrow By selecting Articles, Books, Pamphlets, and Miscellaneous. DO NOT SELECT "Reviews". Click the Search button. Go to upper right corner and change 25 to 100 per page. From the Search Results, select an article, click on the title; bibliographic information will be at the top, an abstract (if there is one) will follow, and then the full article.
To get Citation information, click View Citation from the Tools Box. JSTOR will not put your citation in MLA 7th edition format. However, the item citation contains all that you will need to format a citation.
General OneFile - Choose this link to get a Power Search which searches several databases at once.
Type the name of the Shakespearean play into the Search box. The results will default to Magazines. Because this is a very large search, the results are grouped by format; these formats are listed on the left side of the screen and must be searched separately. Choosing Books would be an excellent starting point. For fewer books, scroll down the left sidebar and click on "Critical Essay." From your results, select an article. Bibliographic information will be at the top followed by a summary, if there is one, and then the full text.
To obtain an MLA 7th edition citation, click Citation Tools, and copy and paste the information.
Gale Virtual Reference Library - A database of thousands of reference ebooks in all subjects which are keyword searchable.
Type the name of the Shakespearean play in the Search box. Look at the results and select articles which support your premise.
To obtain an MLA 7th edition citation, click Citation Tools (on the light gray bar above the title of the work), and copy and paste the information.