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William Shakespeare

This is a guide to important print and electronic sources in for researching William Shakespeare's life, works, and times. The emphasis is on material available from the University of Maryland Libraries but some Internet open sources are also included.

Shakespeare's Works and Famous Quotations

Read Shakespeare's works through the Folger Shakespeare Library Digital Texts Collection.

JSTOR Understanding Shakespeare  is a collaborative project between JSTOR Labs and the Folger Shakespeare Library. It’s a research tool that allows students, educators and scholars to use the text of Shakespeare’s plays to quickly navigate into the scholarship written about them—line by line.  Many of the articles referenced in here can than be retrieved full-text through the JSTOR database.

Try searching the Concordance of Shakespeare's Complete Works

New Cambridge Shakespeare

The UMD Libraries have multiple print copies of Shakespeare's plays and poetry.  The following search string in Worldcat will retrieve many of the Cambridge editions of his works along with their call numbers in McKeldin Library: 

se: new cambridge shakespeare


Arden Editions

You can also locate Arden editions of specific plays by searching in Worldcat.  For example, the search terns : richard III arden will retrieve the Arden edition of Richard III.  You can also search for all individual editions by using the following search terms: se:arden shakespeare

The Bedford and Norton Editions

Bedford and Norton editions of specific plays are also excellent and contain a lot of historical and contextual information.  They can be found in Worldcat.  For example, the search terns : romeo and juliet bedford will retrieve editions of the play, Romeo and Juliet, published by Bedford.  You can also search for all individual editions by using the following search terms: se: bedford shakespeare seriesNorton editions can be found by searching the title of the play and the phrase norton critical edition: richard iii norton critical edition.


Adaptations of Shakepeare's Works

There are many adaptations of William Shakespeare's works which can be found by searching in Worldcat.  For example, the following search will yield both print and film adaptations of the play Romeo and Julietti:romeo juliet AND su:adaptations.  Use this same convention for adaptations of other plays  ti: title of play AND su:adaptations.