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When beginning a research assignment on Shakespeare a great place to start is with books. Use the Discovery Service to search for a biographical information, a particular character or the title of a work, or use "criticism and interpretation " to find commentary.


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Helpful Links

  • Folger Shakespeare Library
    The Folger's collection of Shakespeare materials is the largest in the world. This website includes numerous types of information and materials about Shakespeare's life, works, and theater. 
  • Internet Shakespeare Editions
    Open access, peer reviewed Shakespeare resources on Shakespeare's works, his life and times, and his plays in performance. 
  • No Fear Shakespeare
    This website puts Shakespeare's language side-by-side with a facing page translated into modern English--the kind we speak today.  
  • Shakespeare Association of America
    A non-profit professional organization for the advanced academic study of William Shakespeare’s plays and poems, his cultural and theatrical contexts, and the many roles these have played in world culture.
  • Shakespeare Online
    Provides free, original, and accurate information about Shakespeare to students, teachers, and Shakespeare enthusiasts.  
  • Shakespeare Undercover
    Streaming video episodes from PBS that reveal the extraordinary world and works of William Shakespeare and the still-potent impact his plays have today. The episodes combine interview with actors, directors and scholars, along with visits to key locations, clips from film and television adaptations, and excerpts from plays staged at the Shakespeare's Globe in London. 
  • Shakespeare's Words
    The online version of the best-selling glossary and language companion, Shakespeare's Words. The site integrates the full text of plays and poems with the entire glossary database allowing you to search for any words or phrases in Shakespeare's works. 
  • The Shakespeare Blog
    Contains up to date articles about Shakespeare's works, his world, and his plays in performance. There are about 500 articles plus links to audio recordings and other related websites.