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Roles of Women in Shakespeare's Day - Byrd  

Created for Ms. Byrd's Shakespeare class
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The Assignment

Research the roles of women in Shakespeare's day, specifically:

  • Dress
  • Marriage
  • Courtship
  • Family roles
  • Rights

Print Sources in the ORHS Library

Please check the cart for a wide variety of print materials.  Depending on your topic, there may be more print materials available.  Check Destiny, too.

Citing print sources isn't all that bad.  See our "Citation" LibGuide for help.


Websites are a little trickier to cite.  Use or to start you off.



Common Core


Conduct short and long research projects to answer a question or solve a problem.


Gather relevant information from multiple authoritative print and digital sources, using advanced searches
effectively; assess usefulness of each source in answering the research question; integrate information into the
text selectively to maintain the flow of ideas, avoiding plagiarism and following a standard format for citation.


Search Tips

  • Use Boolen operators (AND, OR, NOT, etc.), e.g. women and rights, marriage or courtship
  • Use quotation marks around an exact phrase, e.g. "women's role"
  • Think of synonyms if your initial keyword search is not giving you what you want, e.g. you might try 'female' instead of 'women,' for example.
  • Use the advanced search option to comibine terms or narrow your search.
  • Do not use conversational languagewhen searching, e.g. What things did women do in Shakespeare's day? 

Don't forget: databases and ebooks make citing your sources super easy!  The MLA citation is either listed for you at the bottom of the article or available with a click or two.

Research Databases

Databases are a great place for you to access all kinds of information including easy to cite images!

Articles in a database that come from a work originally published as a print source (reference book, journal article) are considered PRINT sources.

  • Daily Life through History
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    Use the TOPICS tab to look at Life During the Renaissance, Elizabethan England. Its a great place to start!
  • World History Modern Era
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    Covers 1500 to present. Use the search box with this database.


These are "print" sources, too!

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Daily Life in Elizabethan England - Jeffrey L. Forgeng; Jeffrey L. Singman
Publication Date: 2009
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Use the index to look for "women."

This book is also available in print.

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Culture and Society in Shakespeare's Day - Brett Foster; Robert C. Evans
Publication Date: 2012
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Gives historical context to the works of William Shakespeare, discussing daily life in England during the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries.

Use the "search inside" box for one or more of your search terms.


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