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Shakespeare

Online Resources

How to Find Articles

You will want to to use the online databases to find articles on Shakespeare, his plays, sonnets, criticisms, etc.  The following is a list of online databases that will assist you.  Many of them offer the full text of the articles.

When looking for articles try putting William Shakespeare in one field and the title of the play or sonnet in another field.  If you are looking for criticsm put that in another field.

Shakespeare Websites

This is not an all-inclusive list but these websites from other universities may provide additional help for your research.

Finding a Play or Poem

Library Catalog


To find a particular poem or play by Shakespeare in the library's book collection, do an author search. His sonnets will probably be found in an anthology of his work or in a collection of poetry. His plays may be searched by title.

If you want to find books about Shakespeare and his works, the following subject terms should be used.

Subject Headings for William Shakespeare include:

            Shakespeare, William, 1564-1616

            English literature—Early modern, 1500-1700

            English drama—Early modern and Elizabethan, 1500-1600


If you want to locate criticisms of Shakespeare and his works, try adding these terms to your search phrase.

             Criticism

            Criticism and Interpretation

Poetry Index Books

To find a particular poem or play by Shakespeare in the library's book collection, put Shakespeare in the author field  and name of the play in the title or words or phrase field.  His sonnets will probably be found in an anthology of his work or in a collection of poetry.  Try searching the words or phrase field for those.  Or, use the following books to locate the sonnet.