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Shakespeare Studies: Finding Articles / Databases

A guide for students and professors interested in the study of Shakespeare's life and works

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The Shakespeare Collection

 The Shakespeare Collection allows for quick access to:

  • The Arden fully-annotated scholarly editions of the complete works of Shakespeare, together with the introduction and appendices included in each Arden edition
  • Selections from Primary Source Microfilm’s Four Centuries of Shakespeare, The Prompt Book collections, which include content from the Folger Shakespeare Library Collection in Washington D.C., The Harvard Theatre Collection, The Shakespeare Library Collection in Birmingham, England, and The Shakespeare Centre Library Collection in Stratford-upon-Avon
  • The Gordon Crosse Theatrical Diary, which offers a rare eyewitness account of Shakespeare productions for more than 60 years
  • Major past editions of Shakespeare's works, from the First Folio to the 19th century
  • Works by Shakespeare's contemporaries and other works available during his lifetime
  • Full-text criticism on Shakespeare and his works and performances of his works formerly reprinted in Shakespearean Criticism
  • Full-text journals focusing on a range of literary and interdisciplinary topics, such as the Renaissance, Elizabethan studies, Early Modern English studies, film studies and more
  • Reference related to Shakespeare’s works, as well as social and historical context relevant to the study of the works and more
  • Photographs, line drawings, maps and other illustrations covering performance, theater and life and times
  • Biocritical narrative essays on Shakespearean actors, actresses and directors

Folger Digital Collections

These collections offer access to tens of thousands of high resolution images from the Folger Shakespeare Library, including books, theater memorabilia, manuscripts, art, and more. Users can show multiple images side-by-side, zoom in and out, view cataloging information when available, export thumbnails, and construct permanent URLs linking back to their favorite items or searches.

Tutorial for using the MLA International Bibliography for researching Film, Television, and Radio

Database Search Tips

Here are some great tips for better search results in databases.  This usage works in most databases, but check the "Help" sections for supported search syntax.

Boolean: (using operators: and, or, not) 

Hamlet and revenge searches for occurrences of both words within scope defined.

Hamlet or "Titus Andronicus" searches for one or all, but both are not required.

revenge not Hamlet searches for occurrences of the word ‘revenge’ without use of the word ‘Hamlet.’

("Titus Andronicus" not Hamlet) and revenge searches for occurrences of the phrase ‘Titus Andronicus’ without use of the word ‘Hamlet,’ then also requires the word ‘revenge.’



"All's Well That Ends Well- using quotation marks around a title or proper name will serach for the words as a phrase rather than as individual words.


art* searches for art, arts, artistic, artful, etc.



m?n searches for man and men.