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VIC114: Renaissance and Popular Culture

This research guide is intended for Professor Shaun Ross' Winter 2023 course. It includes reference texts to accompany the required material in this course.

Reference Sources

Reference sources are a great place to start your research. The entries are authored by experts and academics and provide context for your research topic, such as definitions, general description, associated names, dates, events, related terminology and may even mention sub-topics.
Often, reference entries include bibliographies to suggest additional and/or seminal readings on the topic.

How to Use Oxford Bibliographies Online

Oxford Bibliographies Online provides annotated bibliographies, which help you find primary sources and secondary sources, such as scholarly books, chapters, and articles. These suggestions are a good first step for writing your own research paper, although it is crucial to go beyond them to forward your own argument.

See this video how to guide on how to use Oxford Bibliographies effectively.

Renaissance-specific annotated bibliographies can be found here: Renaissance and Reformation - Oxford Bibliographies

Suggested entries for topics in this course:

Centre for Renaissance and Reformation Studies

The Centre for Reformation and Renaissance Studies (CRRS) at Victoria University in the University of Toronto is a research and teaching centre with a library devoted to the study of the period from approximately 1350 to 1700.

The CRRS has compiled a list of online resources on major topics relating to the Reformation and Renaissance.


Many of the resources in this guide were selected and added by Harshita Singh, graduate student in the iSchool's Library and Information Science and User Experience Design program.