Contents of this guide
Contents of the Shakespeare research guide:
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.
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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