Background should always be done when writing a research paper. Why? It orients you to your topic. Use the resources below to learn more about William Shakespeare, the time he lived, and gain general knowledge. As you do background research take notes of key events, people, and themes- these will drive your critical literary research.
Understand that the resources you use to do background research will not be the final sources you use and cite for your research paper.
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