Where can I find four secondary scholarly sources about how the character Alonso develops over the course of The Tempest?
original question: I'm writing an essay about how Alonso, a character in The Tempest, has developed. I need to cite at least four secondary sources.
The secondary sources have to pertain to the essay, and they must be acadameic sources.
I want to include sources that speak about how other characters from shakspears work have also developed, or they have changed.
I don't know what to search for. Any ideas?
The starting point for searches of legitimate academic references is a library. The best way to do scholarly research is to physically go to a library – where you can find electronically searchable materials, hardcopy materials, and reference librarians to help you search. Many libraries offer 1-2 hour mini-courses on how to do bibliographic research and identify good sources, namely those which have gone through a rigorous process of academic peer review.
For Shakespeare, two indices available as electronic resources from most university library portals, can be searched to find bibliographic references to appropriate articles. Once you find the references, university libraries will contain either electronic or print versions of the journals.
The two databases are the MLA International Bibliography and Jstor. The reference librarian at your university library or tutors at your university Writing Centre will be able to help you search these if you need additional help.