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SSI2-138: A Midsummer Night's Dream: Home

This is a starting point for research about Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream.

This is a starting point for research about Shakespeare's Midsummer Night's Dream.

Types of Sources


Tertiary Sources: A type of information source that synthesizes and interprets primary and secondary sources.

Examples of Tertiary Sources:

  • Textbooks
  • General & Subject Encyclopedias
  • Bibliographies
  • Timelines

Use Tertiary Sources to:

  • Ensure that the information is authoritative
  • Understand the scope of a topic
  • Suggest ideas for narrowing a topic
  • Identify key concepts, terms, dates and names to use when searching databases for other scholarly material.
  • List subject areas related to a topic
  • Recommend sources for further exploration


Tertiary Sources Practice


Working in pairs, review the assigned source and answer these questions. Be prepared to share your findings with the class.

  • What kind of information is provided?
  • How might this source help with researching the play?
  • What potential research questions does this source raise?



  1. Wells, Stanley. "Midsummer Night's Dream, A." In Oxford Dictionary of Shakespeare
  2. "Midsummer Night's Dream, A." In Oxford Companion to Shakespeare
  3. Zipes, Jack. "Midsummer Night's Dream, A, film versions." In  Oxford Companion to Fairy Tales
  4. Derrin, D. (2014). Shakespearean comedy. In  Encyclopedia of Humor Studies
  5. The Commercial Theater in Early Seventeenth-Century England. In Arts and Humanities Through the ErasVol. 5: The Age of the Baroque and Enlightenment 1600-1800.


Oxford English Dictionary Practice

Using Oxford English Dictionary,  rewrite the following insults into contemporary English.

  1. O me, you juggler, you canker-blossom, you thief of love! (Midsummer Night's Dream, iii. ii. 283 )
  2. Get you gone you dwarf, you minimus of hindering knot grass, made. (Midsummer Night's Dream, iii. ii. 345)
  3. How low am I, thou painted maypole? Speak. (Midsummer Night's Dream, iii. ii. 297)  
  4. Fie, fie! You counterfeit, you puppet, you! (Midsummer Night's Dream, iii. ii. 288)

Getting Started with Tertiary Sources


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