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Featured Resource

Gale's Shakespeare Collection

This collection contains the complete series of Arden Shakespeare texts, 29 quartos, the First Folio, 17th - 19th Century editions and adaptations, 200 prompt books, over 500 performance accounts by Gordon Crosse, 400 performance-related biographies, 70-100 full text-journals, reference works, images and illustrations. You might not find everything you're looking for here, but it is a great place to start.


Literatures and Languages Library Hours

Hours for Fall and Spring Semesters:

Monday-Thursday: 9am-7pm
Friday: 9am-5pm
Saturday-Sunday: 1-5pm

Hours vary during Breaks and summer sessions. For all UIUC Library hours, see the University Library's website.



This guide was put together for undergraduate and graduate students researching Shakespeare's life, works, and performances of his works.  Here you will find:

Reference Works: including both print and electronic resources, like encyclopedias, bibliographies, dictionaries, and concordances

Finding Books: tips for searching the library catalog and where to look for Shakespeare in the book stacks

Finding Articles: recommended databases and a list of some of the major peer-reviewed journals

Primary Sources: where to find primary source materials, both online and on-campus

Websites: suggested websites, divided into four sections: performance, works, life and context, and criticism


Please, Ask a Librarian!

If you're having trouble using library resources or conducting your research, don't hesitate to contact the Literatures and Languages Library for help. Visit us at 225 Main Library, or contact the English and Digital Humanities Librarian Harriett Green by phone at 217-333-4942 or by e-mail.  For more information, visit the Literatures and Languages Library's website.

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200 South Main Library, MC-522
1408 W. Gregory Drive
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(217) 333-2220
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This guide was created by Matthew Short, graduate assistant.

Film still from Lawrence Olivier's Hamlet (1948).


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