While you have become accustomed to using books, articles, and other secondary and tertiary sources for your research assignments, professional researchers also study primary sources located in archives, museums, special collections, and other cultural repositories. Today you will have an opportunity to learn more about the English Renaissance. In addition to viewing digitized materials, you will also learn how to search for resources held by cultural repositories around the world.
Before you begin, read the following (including the appendix):
Also, please watch the short presentation about cultural repositories below:
You will be assigned a topic to research from the following list:
Please record all of your answers for this assignment and send it to your professor (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Take a few minutes to search for background information using the internet to answer your question. In the body of the email, type a sentence or two that briefly answers your question.
The following list provides a primary source that should be reviewed for each topic. Once you have examined the original text, open the transcription/translation of the document as indicated in the parenthetical instructions. After reading the transcription/translation, record in the body of the email how this document helps to answer your assigned question.
This portion of the assignment focuses on how to find primary resources on a topic within a cultural repository. You are not required to view the actual materials for this section (as most won't have online surrogates), but rather you should identify collections of interest if you were researching this topic as an academic researcher.
For students working on Chaucer, conduct a search of the Special Collections of the University of Glasgow using their catalog.
For students working on Shakespeare, browse the online exhibition of the Folger Shakespeare Library titled "Contemporary accounts and critical responses to plays."
For all other topics, search the catalog of the National Archive (UK).
Regardless of where you search or browse, record in the body of the email any collection or item that you find that is relevant to your topic and the cultural repository that owns the collection/item. HINT: Use the date limiter to focus your search on the timeframe of your topic.
For this last section, please broaden your topic (just use plague, Elizabeth I, Christopher Marlowe, Henry VIII, William Shakespeare, Geoffrey Chaucer, and Hampton Court Palace) and expand your search to any collection (regardless of the time it was published). Keeping these instructions in mind,