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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.

Locating Books of Criticism about Shakespeare and His Works

Search Worldcat for books about Shakespeare and his works held in the UMD Libraries. 

For books by and about Shakespeare combine his name with the title of a specific work.

Examples:
william shakespeare venus and adonis
william shakespeare midsummer night’s dream
william shakespeare romeo and juliet

 

For books about specific works, use the su:  prefix before your search terms to increase relevancy:

Examples:

su: william shakespeare comedy of errors
su: william shakespeare midsummer night's dream
su: william shakespeare much ado about nothing
su: william shakespeare henry v
su: william shakespeare richard III
su: william shakespeare titus andronicus
su: william shakespeare venus and adonis

 

To locate books of criticism about groupings of plays, or poetry try the following searches:

 

su: william shakespeare sonnets
su: william shakespeare tragedies
su: william shakespeare comedies
su: william shakespeare histories

Other common areas of study include:

su: william shakespeare authorship
su: william shakespeare characters women

su: william shakespeare comic
su: william shakespeare contemporaries
su: william shakespeare economics

su: william shakespeare film adaptations

su: william shakespeare humor
su: william shakespeare influence
su: william shakespeare language
su: william shakespeare literary style

su: william shakespeare love
su: william shakespeare political and social views
su: william shakespeare race

su: william shakespeare religion
su: william shakespeare stage history
su
: william shakespeare sources

su: william shakespeare supernatural
su: william shakespeare technique

su: william shakespeare war*

 

To locate full-length biographies of Shakespeare try the following search:

su: william shakespeare biography

 

 

Journal article databases