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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 Documented

Shakespeare Documented is an "authoritative collection of primary-source materials documenting the life of William Shakespeare (1564-1616), bringing together all known manuscript and print references to Shakespeare, his works, and additional references to his family, in his lifetime and shortly thereafter. Nearly 500 references, found in roughly 400 print and manuscript documents, provide a rich portrait of Shakespeare as a professional playwright, actor, poet, business man, and family man who lived in both London and Stratford-upon-Avon."

Creative Commons

The Creative Commons  is a nonprofit organization that enables the sharing and use of creativity and knowledge through free legal tools.  Use the Find CC search box to search for images, videos, text, and music that you can legally include in your educational projects. 

Google Images

Google Images is another place to locate images.  Be sure to identify the source of the image and document it in your bibliography.