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Shakespeare Writings and Research

(William Shakespeare. National Portait Gallery. Britannica Image Quest. Web. 21 Jul 2013.)

Shakespeare Sites Featuring Articles, Podcasts, and Videos

  • Oxford University Press and Shakespeare
    Free access to articles and videos in honor of the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare's death.
  • Hogarth Shakespeare Updates Classic Tales
    Hogarth Shakespeare plans to publish a series of updated Shakespearean plays written by contemporary authors.

    Gillian Flynn (author of Gone Girl) will write a murder mystery based on Hamlet and Margaret Atwood is retelling the surreal fantasy play The Tempest.
  • 60 Minutes with Shakespeare
    Podcasts feature 60 experts that discuss a different theme each month, such as "Was Shakespeare a Fraud?"
    Set up a free account to listen to the podcasts.
    Transcripts of podcasts can be downloaded. Podcasts are changed monthly and are not archived.
  • Shakespeare Unlocked
    Shakespeare’s most popular and widely studied plays are unlocked by actors and directors at the Royal Shakespeare Company. View movie clips on this BBC website.
  • Shakespeare Behind Bars
    A Kentucky state prison casts prisoners in Shakespeare plays. This program hopes to aid prisoners as they come to grips with their violent past and a path to forgiveness and reparation.
  • Henry VIII Music Video
    History teachers set history to lyrics of pop tunes. In this Abba song, learn more about Queen Elizabeth's father, Henry VIII.
  • Renaissance Man Music Video
    History teachers set history to lyrics of pop tunes. Learn more about Renaissance men to the music of "Blister in the Sun."
  • Shakespeare and the Four Humors (National Library of Medicine)
    The belief in the four humors is explored in these educational materials on the "melancholy prince," Hamlet.
  • Shakespeare Theater Association
    April 23, 2016 is World Shakespeare Day in commemoration of Shakespeare's 400th anniversary of his death.

Databases for Shakespeare Research


Database Passwords GoogleDoc.

  • Literature Resource Center
    In search box, you can begin with name of work or the word Shakespeare and then refine search using topic links in left box.
  • Salem Online: Literature
    Biographic and Literary Analysis featured in the e-books Critical Insights: Authors; Critical Insights: Works; and Critical Surveys.
  • Shakespeare for Students (Gale Virtual Reference Library)
    Shakespeare and his world as well as overviews and literary criticisms of Shakespeare plays. This resource is available in our print reference as well as online through this e-book.

Shakespeare Sonnet Videos

 (photo "Dead Tree" by Stephen van Es)


Sonnet 73 Video by Grace McQueeney

This sonnet explores the effects of time on a person and ponders whether love will remain strong.


Sonnet Analysis Essays and Bibliographies

Sonnet Animoto Videos

Begin at Animoto and use login supplied by Librarian.

  • Web Gallery of Art
    Select time period (1600-1650 or 1651-1700) to locate artwork representing themes during Shakespeare's day. In text box, type descriptive words, such as woman beauty.
  • Britannica Image Quest
    Access more than two million rights-cleared images from over 50 of the best collections in the world.
    (login provided by Librarian)
  • Flickr: Creative Commons Images  
    Using Advanced Search, checkmark box to search Creative Commons images on Flickr and specify "content to modify, adapt, or build upon." In search box, type words to suggest emotions, mood, or metaphors alluded to in Shakespeare's sonnets.
  • Creative Commons Music  
    Begin by login provided by Librarian. Select Search in top toolbar and then Advanced Search. In the CC license box, select Attribution, Non-commercial.

NoodleTools for MLA Citations

Use NoodleTools to create MLA citations.  Password provided by librarian.


    Books on Shakespeare

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    All Things Shakespeare - Kirstin Olsen
    Call Number: REF 822.3 SHA
    ISBN: 0313324190
    Publication Date: 2002
    Presents approximately one hundred alphabetized entries describing items and customs in Shakespeare's England, and includes period illustrations and related charts and tables.

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    Shakespeare's Characters for Students - Catherine C. Dominic (Contribution by)
    Call Number: REF 822.3 SHA
    ISBN: 0787613002
    Publication Date: 1997
    A guide to the major and minor characters of Shakespeare's plays, arranged alphabetically by work. Includes act-by-act plot summaries and an essay on significant themes in each piece.

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    Shakespeare's Language - Eugene F. Shewmaker
    Call Number: 822.3 SHE
    ISBN: 0816032769
    Publication Date: 1996
    A glossary with 15,000 entries providing definitions of words and phrases as they are used in the texts of Shakespeare's poems and plays.

    Shakespeare's World and Work - John F. Andrews (Editor)
    Call Number: REF 822.3 SHA
    ISBN: 0684806266
    Publication Date: 2001
    Presents alphabetized, cross-referenced, illustrated entries on Shakespeare's life and texts, and Renaissance England.


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