Theories and Hamlet

The Task

As one of your summative assignments in this unit, you will be expected to research a theoretical perspective and apply it to Hamlet.

You will choose one of the following topics connecting that theoretical perspective to Hamlet:

1. Marxism/Socioeconomic Theories

2. Existentialism

3. Feminist approaches/gender studies

4. Historicism

5. Psychoanalytic Theory

6. Structuralism

Books in the Library Learning Commons

This is an assignment that has been designed to prepare you for what to expect at university. Therefore, you will have to go a little deeper and look a little harder to find the information that you need. I have been through our collection and have come up with a list of books that will be helpful for this assignment. But don't expect the answers to jump of the page! You will have to read and draw conclusions based on your theoretical perspective and the information found in the books and make connections to Hamlet. These books have been pulled for you and will be found on a cart in the library. Sign outs for these books will not be permitted until after school on Tuesday, May 3rd.

Doing Your Research - The Databases

Unlike typical research essays where you can put in a topic and find a wealth of information, this one will be more challenging. You should focus on doing a Boolean search to help you be specific enough to help you find the information. A handout on how to do a proper Boolean search will be provided to you. Here is some information as to how to get to the databases (at school and at home):

Sometimes books on your topic can be hard to find because your subject area might be really new or really specific. This is where databases will become your best friend! There are two ways to get to the databases:

  1. Go to the applications page and click on "Library Catalogue - Louise Arbour". Then click on Library eResources. Click on eResources. Click on Intermediate/Secondary. Then you will find all of our databases.
  2. Go to the Library Learning Commons MyClass page through your BYOD. Click on BYOD login. Click on MyClass (the green icon). Click on the Library Learning Commons MyClass icon. Click on databases from home. Then you will find all of our databases.

Keep in mind that if you are accessing the databases from home, you need to go to the Library Learning Commons MyClass page and click on the "Lock" icon. Once you click on the lock icon you can click on the database passwords link. You will need these passwords to access your databases from home.

How To Do a Boolean Search

If you need more clarification on how to do a Boolean search well, please look at the tutorial below and follow along!

The Databases - Finding the Information You Need!

Once you have found the databases you will need to start searching for your topic. For this assignment, I would recommend starting at the following databases when conducting your research:

  • The Shakespeare Collection
  • Literature Resource Centre
  • Literary Reference Centre
  • Gale Virtual Reference Library

These databases have been specifically selected for you for this assignment because they will have the most relevant information for what you are looking for. They are better than a random search on a website because you can find a lot of information here that has been written by experts in the field. But beware! For this assignment you are not allowed to get your information from overtly biased news sources like CNN or the Toronto Star. If you are unsure if your source of information is biased, ask the librarian or Mr. Desjardins! You should not have to use Google for any of your research for this assignment. The databases will have what you need to get your work done! Please keep in mind that you cannot click the links below to get to the databases. You will need to go to the Library Learning Commons MyClass page to get there or you can click on the secondary eResources link below.

To Google or not to Google.....that is the question!

For this assignment, because you are looking at current events, you may want to check out some websites for your research. However, you need to make sure those sites are not biased and have been created by reputable sources. So you will need to put them through the CRAAP test! CRAAP stands for Currency, Relevance, Authority, Accuracy and Purpose. Below is a worksheet that will help you determine if the website that you are choosing to use passes the CRAAP test:

Creating a Works Cited Page

For this assignment, you are required to create a works cited page to ensure you are not plagiarizing your work. We have many tools to help you create the perfect works cited page!

Since this is an English assignment, you should be using the MLA style of referencing. On the Library Learning Commons MyClass page, under Class Resources, we have a number of tools that you can use to help you track your sources and create a proper works cited page. You can also use the databases to help you complete your works cited page by clicking on SourceIt. This database is Peel Board approved in terms of being a great tool to help you properly cite your work.

One of the easiest tools to use when creating a works cited page is Citation Machine. If you go to www.citationmachine.net , you can input your book, magazine, website, film or other resource and the citation will be created for you! Please keep in mind that if some parts of the citation are missing, you can easily fill them in using Citation Machine.

Finally, many of the databases create the citation for you! When you are in a database and you are looking at an article, look to the top or the left of the article to find a citation tools like (in some databases it will look like a check mark). If you click on that link and select MLA formatting, the citation will be created for you and then you can copy and paste it into your works cited page.

When completing your works cited page, there are a few key things to remember:

  1. It should be in alphabetical by author's last name. If there is no author, then it should be in alphabetical order by whatever letter comes first in the citation.
  2. The second line should be indented. You can do this by pressing "Enter" and then "Tab".
  3. You do not have to number your citations.
  4. You do not have to put your list of citations into categories (i.e. books, magazines, websites, etc.).
  5. You should only include resources that you actually used in your research. If you looked at it, but did not use it, it should not be included in your works cited.


Works Cited

Harris, Joanne. Five Quarters of an Orange. Boston: Harper, 2002.

Our Lady Peace. "Innocent." Gravity. Sony, 2002.

"Season One." Grey's Anatomy. Writ. Shonda Rhimes. DVD. Touchstone, 2005.

Strudwick, Leslie. Entertainers. Calgary: Weigl Educational, 2000.

Be Wise....Don't Plagiarize!

Plagiarism is a very serious offense, especially at the university level! If you are unsure when things should be cited and how to avoid plagiarizing material, try the fun tutorial below to help you avoid plagiarism!